ENERGETIC alternative rockers The Vaccines gave fans a hefty dose of sound as they landed in Wearside for a special gig.
Fans crammed into Sunderland’s Pop Recs store as the platinum-selling Londoners performed an intimate-yet-exhilarating half-hour set as part of their UK tour.
The band blasted the crowd with hits including If You Wanna, Teenage Icon and Post Break-up Sex, as well Handsome, the first single from their new album English Graffiti, which is released in May.
“This is the first time we’ve made it to Sunderland, so thanks for making it to us,” frontman Justin Hayward-Young told the audience at the packed venue.
“This is an incredible place you have here, you’re very lucky to have somewhere so special in your hometown. You don’t know how lucky you are.”
The Vaccines’ gig came just hours after a similarly special performance at the venue by The Cribs, making the day a double success for the Fawcett Street store.
Pop Recs is the brainchild of Wearside’s own Frankie & The Heartstrings, who have already brought a host of big names including Franz Ferdinand, The Charlatans and Badly Drawn Boy to the store.
Drummer Dave Harper said: “It’s been an incredible day. We’ve had an amazing response to The Vaccines coming, from the minute we announced the gig to the tickets going on sale to the performance tonight.
“It’s been by far the biggest reaction we’ve had so far.”
Legendary Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley is the record store’s next confirmed act, with a gig set for Easter Sunday, April 5.
The Vaccines are also performing to a sell-out crowd in Hartlepool tonight at the town’s Borough Hall.