Vampire Weekend announce single Big Day Out sideshow

Vampire Weekend have announced a single Big Day Out sideshow. The New York quartet will play at The Metro in Sydney on January 23, giving fans a rare opportunity to see them at such an intimate venue. (The band’s last headline show in Sydney was at the much larger, 5500-capacity Hordern Pavillion.)

The festival had announced in September that Vampire Weekend would be exclusive to the festival but the band will now join Foals and Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a select list of acts that have decided to treat Sydney – and Sydney alone – to intimate headline shows.

For the past year, Vampire Weekend been working on their yet to be released third studio album, the follow-up to their self-titled 2008 debut and 2010’s Contra. Those in attendance at Vampire Weekend’s Sydney show (or on their Big Day Out tour) will be treated to a preview of the new record. While there is still no official word on the LP’s release, the band debuted the track ‘Unbelievers’ earlier this month during a Halloween performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Since the release of Contra keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij has been recording solo material and producing tracks for Das Racist, while lead singer Ezra Koenig has collaborated with Diplo on the new Major Lazer album.

Vampire Weekend sideshow:

Wednesday, January 23 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (18+)

Pre-sale tickets on sale 12pm Thursday, November 29; general sale from 9am Monday December 3