2017 has been one of The Vamps biggest and best years to date. With them not only celebrating five years as a band but also gaining their first UK Number One album with Night & Day (Night Edition). To celebrate their great year we’re taking a trip down memory lane with our The Vamps year in review!
We’ve loved following The Vamps year and this year has been full of touring for the quartet. Starting in the US, The Vamps made their long-awaited return to New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Next up was their Middle Of The Night tour saw them heading across the UK filling venues up and down the country throughout April and May. We might be a little bit bias but this tour really showed a new stage in The Vamps career, showing off new tracks from their upcoming Night & Day album. On the day of the first show (Sheffield), the band gave fans a double whammy of treats in the form of the album release date and Night & Day UK showcase shows announcement. Throughout this tour, The Vamps returned once again to London’s iconic O2 arena to perform yet again another sold out show. It’s certainly never a boring time to be a Vamps fan. Europe did not miss out on The Vamps this year, with them playing their second headline show in Poland before supporting Little Mix on their European Glory Days tour. Yes, that was a thing. Little Mix AND The Vamps on one tour, cue fanbases going into overdrive (tour of the year? We think so!).
July moved us onto their Night & Day Showcases which fell after performances at USA festivals and their Isle of Wight return. Performing their upcoming album in full it gave fans the first chance to see what was to come from the quartet’s new release. Here it became apparent upbeat, heartfelt and a return to The Vamps older sound was to follow later in the year. The Vamps have never shied away from endless promotion and smaller shows. Playing a one-off acoustic show at Kingston’s Hippodrome, CarFest North, V Festival, Canadian shows and Fusion Festival across their summer. For many bands, this would be more than enough touring for them but The Vamps weren’t stopping here. Going onto play shows in Brazil, New Zealand, North & South America, Australia, Philippines, Japan and Mexico. Before returning to the UK for Radio 1’s Teen Awards, Free Radio Live 2017 and Bristol’s light switch on. Tired? We’re tired from just typing these out let alone playing them. We salute you The Vamps!
Music wise 2017 has been full of new material, memorable singles and collaborations to soundtrack our year. Let’s start at the beginning when The Vamps teamed up with Danish DJ Martin Jensen on Middle Of The Night and released a video in support of Deafness Awareness Week featuring deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis as part of a couple struggling to get the messages across. This move showed once again The Vamps connection to their fanbase as this act resonated with many fans who themselves are deaf or hard of hearing. Continuing the upbeat and club-worthy themed tracks it was clear this sound was here to stay. Mike Perry and Sabrina Carpenter were next on the cards for a collaboration with Hands instantly becoming a fan favourite with its sultry lyrics and catchy chorus. Having united with Norweigan DJ Matoma in 2016 for All Night, the quartet teamed up again for Staying Up which had a video featuring the team having a great time in Matoma’s hometown. We’ll admit, we wish we’d be invited along! With the year drawing to a close The Vamps released Personal, featuring Pretty Girl singer Maggie Lindemann accompanied by a super cute throwback-themed video. Throughout the year The Vamps have taken the time to perform each of these tracks with the artists they collaborated with them on, making all these collaborations truly special parts of their 2017.
But without a doubt, the biggest and most important part of The Vamps year has been the success of Night & Day (Night Edition). Throughout the year, the quartet had been building up to its release by playing tracks from it live on tour and at their album showcase shows, small things which ultimately, in turn, made more fans crave studio versions. Upon its release in July the first part of the concept album shot straight to Number One in the album charts managing to knock Ed Sheeran from the top spot. Undoubtedly the biggest and most memorable moment of The Vamps 2017! The release came in four different editions each with two tracks unique to that member’s version, giving fans an insight into the sound and tastes of the band. From Tristan’s sassy tracks to James’ country vibe efforts and Connor’s rocked up guitar driven attempts. Reaching number one with this album was a huge and well deserved moment for The Vamps and their fans alike. The Vamps have always shown off their close-knit in band friendships and their desire to work hard through relentless promo and touring showing that hard work and a good team around you truly does pay off.
At CelebMix it’s been a delight to get more involved in The Vamps year than we first thought possible. When The Vamps attended WEDay UK in London we managed to catch them for a little chat about how important being at the event and supporting the cause was to them. Read what they had to say here. During their Middle of The Night UK tour, we caught up with the guys and tour support Sabrina Carpenter for one of our favourite interviews to date, when they interviewed Sabrina and told us their dream band line up. If you’re yet to watch this iconic interview, check it out below. But most recently vocalist Brad Simpson found time to chat with us when they were in Tokyo to tell us about their new album and give us a little exclusive of what to expect… what to find out more? Head here and find out exactly what we mean!
This year The Vamps have outdone themselves in spectacular fashion, reaching dizzying new heights of success within their career. 2018 already has a multitude lined up for them. Including their Night & Day Arena tour which will be heading across the UK and Europe throughout April, May and June alongside the release of the second part of Night & Day, this time the Day edition.
We cannot wait for The Vamps to head into 2018 stronger than ever. What’s been your favourite The Vamps memory of the year? Tweet us @CelebMix and let us know!