Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A List; News and Gossip from the World of Showbiz, Edited by Alistair Foster with Emma Powell

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A List; News and Gossip from the World of Showbiz, Edited by Alistair Foster with Emma Powell

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Crowd-pleasing and creative: return of Vampire Weekend REVIEW Vampire Weekend EARTH, N16 Gemma Samways TO GET some sense of how oversubscribed Vampire Weekend's first London dates in six years are, the last time Ezra Koenig and co played the capital, they were headlining the O2.

With a new record on the horizon and an expanded, seven-piece touring line-up, the New York-formed group spent the opening night of their theatre run proving that they're as accommodating and playful a live proposition as ever.

Faithful replications of fanfavourites Unbelievers and White Sky played out alongside experimental interpretations of their already complex songs.

Intricate: Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig shows the band are still at peak creativity Elsewhere, the intricate, proginspired melody of Sunflower was appended with virtuoso soloing from guitarist Brian Robert Jones. Be it the rippling arpeggios of Harmony Hall or the subdued minimalism of 2021, songs from the band's forthcoming album, Father Of The Bride, more than held their own alongside classic tracks.

And yet, for all the cerebral composition and slick musicianship on show, it was notable that Vampire Weekend never put their creative satisfaction above the audience's enjoyment.

Whether despatching the riotous run of Diane Young or enacting audience song requests, it was a crowd-pleasing performance from a band still seemingly at the peak of their creative powers.

Lennon's a model Gallagher LENNON GALLAGHER hugs his mother Patsy Kensit after modelling for Hermes.

The 19-year-old has been described as the spitting image of his father, former Oasis frontman Liam.

Heida Reed, left, Benedict Cumberbatch and Georgia Toffolo also went to the event last night in Nine Elms.

Sir Elton: I've collected more than 400 napkin ring sets since becoming sober SIR ELTON JOHN says collecting porcelain helped him to "get sober". …

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