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Vampire Weekend say new album is done, played Lollapalooza (pics, video, setlist)

Vampire Weekend headlined Saturday night at Lollapalooza (where their set time conflicted with The Weeknd’s). The band, who are playing their first live shows in four years, and who have added a few new live members to their lineup with the departure of Rostam, recently mentioned that they were close to finishing an album. During their Lollapalooza set, Ezra Koenig gave another update on the status of that album, saying, “I wanted to tell you that the album is done now. I mean we’re mastering it but it’s done, y’know. More on that to come, in the mean time just enjoy the rest of your summer.” Watch a video clip of Ezra’s announcement below.

Vampire Weekend started their Lollapalooza set by playing “A-Punk” three times in a row. Time Out Chicago called their setlist “delightfully weird”:

Attendees had a choice between two Weekends (or Weeknds) on Saturday night, but Vampire Weekend proved to be the stranger, and therefore more interesting, headlining option in the park. The group inexplicably kicked off the evening by playing its buoyant single “A-Punk” three times in a row, before launching into a set that included a short but apt cover of Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park,” a mid-bass-solo rendition of the Seinfeld theme and an encore that featured Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Of course, the New York outfit also found the time for songs like “Diane Young” and “Cousins”—in fact, the only thing missing from the career-spanning setlist was a preview of Vampire Weekend’s long-rumored fourth record.

As Billboard recently reported, a Sony Corporation financial statement confirms that Vampire Weekend have signed to the label, with a release from the band listed as a “noteworthy project” for the quarter ending in the end of September.

See Vampire Weekend’s full setlist, and watch a couple of video clips from their set below, and check out pictures in the gallery above. More from Saturday at Lollapalooza HERE.

UPDATE: They played part of the new album over the PA at a Lollapalooza aftershow.

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Setlist: Vampire Weekend @ Lollapalooza, 8/4/2018 (via)
A-Punk
A-Punk
A-Punk
Unbelievers
Holiday
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Diane Young
Step
Horchata
New Dorp. New York
Cousins
White Sky
Oxford Comma
Worship You
Ya Hey

Encore:
Obvious Bicycle
Hannah Hunt
Walcott

photos by James Richards IV

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