Retro Rock Week at the O2:
The Wombats| The Fratellis| The Vaccines
The week of the ‘THE’s… It was a big few nights from O2 Music over the last 2 weeks, with a throwback to three of our all-time favourite rock bands, performing shows throughout the country. The Wombats, The Fratellis and this week The Vaccines played live at the O2, transporting us perfectly in and out of the Easter bank holiday weekend with style, groove and indomitable rock and roll swagger.
First in line, The Wombat’s certainly fulfilled the excitement of the long weekend on Wednesday March 28, giving us one hell of a show, with some new material and the retrograde favourites, following the release of their latest album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. In an arrangement of seamless order, the wombats gave it their best, playing the much-loved new singles’ Cheetah Tongue and Lemon to a Knife Fight, before ending their set with the highly anticipated Let’s Dance to Joy Division. In a smooth execution of liverpoolian charm, The Wombat’s gave us all a slick little burst of youthful energy. Personally, I have always wanted to see the Wombats live since I was really young, and after a very well delivered display indie rock and roll, it was safe to say my expectations were definitely met.
Straight into the start of the long weekend, we were lucky enough to catch The Fratellis strut their old school vibes on Thursday March 29. In a very country-rock style, The Fratellis attracted a huge audience of fans from all walks of life. Their sturdy, gravelling sound gave us an interesting array of classic rock, with developments of a smooth contemporary alt-rock tone. Getting us all dancing to the likes of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and ‘Stand Up Tragedy’, The Fratellis brought forward a stellar performance, giving us some fresh new music from their latest album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’, released this March.
In a beautiful end to our retro rock week at the O2, The Vaccines gave us a picture-perfect wind-up to the weekend, preforming their show this Tuesday evening on April 3rd, following the release of their miraculous new album ‘Combat Sports’, which came out just this week! As much as I loved the other performances, I would have to say this one was definitely my favourite. With the impressive ability to drive a crowd into a unified movement in under a second, the talents that stem from the chic, rock ‘n’ roll attitude of The Vaccines sauntered us through an amazing show. Debuting their new material, the new music from the Vaccines was surprisingly on par with previous records, if anything it was even better. Their new direction of uplifting indie-rock, and suave pop smidgeons in their latest album turned to develop a uniquely dignifying sound. It’s smooth, clean and easy-to-dance-to construction of rock is something that works incredibly well for them.
Finishing up an amazing week of live music from our beloved legendary British bands, The Wombats, The Fratellis and The Vaccines all did their legacy absolute justice. Rocking the room in three massive nights, O2 venues across the UK played host to the best indie-rock bands you’d hope to see, and lucky for us we did!
Jittering back into the working week, we can all be excited to see a huge line-up of live music from the O2 in April to help launch us into summer.
CLICK HERE to check out the full line-up at O2 Music for April: https://www.theo2.co.uk/events/category/music