Preppy New York rockers Vampire Weekend have announced two intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne next year, off the back of their Falls Festival headline slot. Though on past tours they’ve played mid-sized venues such as Festival Hall and Hordern Pavilion, these shows will be smaller. On January 7 they’ll play the Forum in Melbourne, and on January 9 they’ll play Sydney’s Enmore Theatre.

The group will be touring their recently released fourth album, Father of the Bride, their first since 2013. It’s also the first album they’ve released since the departure of founding member Rostam Batmanglij in 2016. This time around they’ll be playing as a seven-piece, including two drummers and four keyboardists.

They kicked off their Father of the Bride tour earlier this year with a three-hour performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they played more than 30 songs. In May they played a six-hour, three-set show at New York’s Webster Hall, giving out bagels and pizza to punters for breakfast.

The group is known for earworms such as A-Punk, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Cousins and Diane Young, and came to prominence thanks to their Afrobeat influences, witty pop lyrics and shamelessly flaunted boat shoes and polo shirts.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale via Frontier Touring at 12pm on Monday October 14. Sales to the general public start at 12pm on Wednesday October 16.

Tour dates:
Melbourne
Tue January 7 – The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets here

Sydney
Thu January 9 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets here