When most bands celebrate an anniversary, they usually do so with a special album collection or re-release an anniversary issue.
The Vamps have a little more than that planned. Along with an album and a tour around the British Isles, and special fanzine that has been compiled by the fans themselves.
From the humble beginnings of posting a few videos on YouTube, The Vamps have over six billion streams and two billion YouTube views. Of the five albums the band has released, two of them went to number one; whit two more reaching the number two spot. And a feat even some of the biggest rockers have yet to achieve, The Vamps have headlined at The O2 five years in a row. And if that wasn’t enough, the band has collaborated with numerous artists including Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, and Bruno Mars. They have also shared the stage with the likes of Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Jay Z, Coldplay, Weezer, Pharell Williams, Sam Smith, and Ed Sheeran.
Band members spoke on the success saying, “it’s crazy to think what started in our bedrooms and Tristan’s parent’s garage led to us headlining arena’s all around the world. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey but what makes it even more special is that it has felt like a shared one between us and our fans. The Vamps have taken us across all five continents and given us the privilege of playing in front of millions of people. These five albums are chapters in our lives and moments we are hugely proud of. This last year has been one of reflection for us and as four best friends who’ve had the chance to live out our dreams we now can’t wait to celebrate these memories with you all.”
Set for an Octorber 14 release, “Ten Years of The Vamps” is a special edition fanzine that has been compiled by the band and the fans. Currently available for pre-order, the fanzine features personal accounts of memories, photos, art cards, and a CD of previously unreleased music.
The Vamps will begin their “10 Years of The Vamps – The Greatest Hits Tour” in Manchester this November where they plan to play all of their hits. Tickets go on sale July 1 on the band’s website: thevamps.net/dates.
The Vamps tour dates:
Nov 23 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
Nov 25 at the Brighton Centre in Brighton
Nov 27 at The O2 Arena in London, UK
Nov 30 at the International Centre in Bournemouth, UK
Dec 1 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Dec 3 at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Dec 5 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, UK
Dec 7 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, UK
Dec 8 at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Dec 10 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
Dec 11 at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, UK
feature photo credit: courtesy of fun-house ent