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2023-08-25 The Vamps - Collins Barracks, Dublin

I'm more than a few days late getting this post up! But anyway, here we are, The Vamps, live in Dublin!

This gig was not my idea and, to be honest, I didn't know what to expect.  My niece messaged me and asked if I'd go to see New Hope Club and The Vamps (her two favourite bands) when they play Dublin.  I, obviously, said yes and she went and booked flights!

So anyway, here we are, it's late summer in Dublin, the skies are grey and the threat of rain is never far away.  As we sat having a pre gig bite to eat in Smithfield, the heavens opened and the thunder clapped.  This was not looking good, but assured me that the rain would stop before 7:00pm, and it did.

So anyway, on to the gig.  It's safe to say that New Hope Club and The Vamps fans are generally young ladies in their late teens to early twenties, and they are loud!  Screams rang around the courtyard of Collins Barracks all night long, I was glad to have my earplugs with me!

Local band, ModernLove kicked off proceedings.  I'd never heard of them before (strange thing to say about an Irish band, but here we are...).  The young audience danced and sang along, so they were doing something right.  I thought they were pretty decent, they worked the crowd well and sounded polished.  Good stuff.

Next up were New Hope Club.  Again, the crowd absolutely loved them, lots of screaming, lots of singing, lots of dancing.  If you were a band and you looked out at a few thousand people in the crowd dancing along to your music, I think you'd be happy.  These guys were.  I'd go see them again.

Now for the headliners, The Vamps.  Like the two previous acts, I hadn't a clue about them.  If I thought the screaming was loud earlier, I was wrong.  The crowd were only warming up!  It was the closest thing I've ever seen to Beatlemania in my life!  Were they good?  Of course they were.  They put on a fantastic show and kept the crowd well entertained.  What more could you ask for?

So yeah, not my normal scene and I was definitely one of the oldest members of the crowd, but I really enjoyed myself and, more importantly, so did my niece.  We shall do this again, but it's my choice of band next time!

There are feck all photos really, none worth posting apart from this crowd shot and the Vamp lads having a pint.  I'd no media pass for the show and the lighting was a bit too difficult for my old point and shoot.  


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