Live review: The Vaccines at the 02 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

After a decade of touring and rock and roll, The Vaccines take Manchester by force with a mix of their 2011 hits and songs from their most recent Album “Back in Love City”. 

The 3,500-capacity venue was not short of bodies after the seemingly prolonged pandemic. The band from West London summoned a crowd of many- seemingly defying generations. 

From Middle Aged Dads to Uni Students- pints were a many, as people crowded to the standing area. 

A mix of Indie and feel-good classics pre-show such as the likes of ABBA and Queen kept the crowd well entertained- as well as magnificent support set from up and comers “Black Honey”.

A mix of warm lighting and twinkling strobes helped set the scene for the night ahead. 

As the band emerged, Lead singer, Justin bounded forward with a great energy for their opening song ‘Wanderlust’- once again confirming the band, although 10 years older, are not lacking the youthful ambiance from the “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?” era. 

The newest album has great cinematic influence, reminding any listener of an 80s Hollywood movie. The main character in city drives in a drop-down car in LA, radio blaring.

This is not missed in their live performance, almost set in a modern dystopia as Justin glides across the stage exhibiting the most exorbitant facial expressions to fans. 

The band’s concept record is mixed with songs like “Teenage Icon” and “Post Break Up Sex” and it’s obvious why this band defies generational stereotypes. 

Groovy drum fills and punchy base make it impossible not to sway and dance!

Finally, the group end their set with people pleasers such as “If You Wanna” and “All In White”. Not a silent individual insight, as the crowd prepares to see the last of the band. 

The crowd-provoking sing-along, yet again shows beyond doubt The Vaccines are still one of Britain’s most exciting bands and are yet to say farewell to live shows just yet.Set List:

  • Wanderlust
  • I Can’t Quit
  • I Always Knew
  • Teenage Icon
  • Disaster Girl
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Surfing In The Sky
  • Wetsuit
  • Post Break Up Sex
  • Your Love Is My Favourite Band
  • El Paso
  • Headphone Girl
  • Handsome
  • Jump Off Top
  • All My Friends Are Falling In Love
  • If You Wanna


  • Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
  • All In White 

📸 Credit Saffron Rose @shotwithsaff

✍️ Words: Saffron Rose