The Vamps preview debut album at London headline show

Pop rockers give fans a taster of debut album, Meet The Vamps, live in the capital.

Pop rockers give fans a taster of debut album, Meet The Vamps, live in the capital.

The Vamps last night unveiled material from their imminent debut album as they gave their very first headline live show at London’s O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

With new single Last Night out yesterday (Monday, April 7) and album Meet The Vamps released next week (April 14), the teenage four-piece took the iconic venue by storm, with this showcase show in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The band - screamed on by a 2,000-strong audience of Vampettes, enhanced by a starry crowd including YouTubers Carrie Hope Fletcher and Caspar Lee, plus singers Dionne Bromfield and A*M*E - gave a tight set of recent and future hits.

Comprising Brad Simpson (18), James McVey (19), Tristan Evans (19) and Connor Ball (18), the quartet have already scored two Top 5 hits in the past six months - and their status as the UK's latest pop royalty was in no doubt at the Empire.

They kicked off with a scream-inducing version of their January Official Singles Chart Number 3 hit Wild Heart, before this week's latest release Last Night, frontman Brad jumping down to the crash barriers and embracing as many members of the audience as he could reach.

Next came new ballad Shout About It, before a short break to sign a guitar on stage for a Teenage Cancer Trust auction - followed by debut single, last September's Number 2 hit Can We Dance (co-penned by Bruno Mars).

But, after a tight (but perfectly formed) 40 minute set, it was Cecilia (from Meet The Vamps) which brought the night to a close. It wasn't the best known number of the show, but an Empire full of Vampettes sang along enthusiastically - highlighting this forthcoming track as a future smash hit.

The band had earlier been supported by 2013 X Factor competitor Luke Friend, who gave a well received set including Bon Iver's Skinny Love.

After the release of Meet The Vamps next week, the band will begin preparing for this summer's string of festival dates.

Before then, on April 26, the band will put on sale tickets for their debut headline tour, which kicks off on September 23 at Sheffield City Hall and concludes at the London Eventim Apollo on October 15. The 14-show tour also visits Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

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