Gig Review: The Vaccines at Rock City

Words: Faye Stacey
Photos: Rae Dowling
Thursday 15 February 2024
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What better to do on a Wednesday evening in February, but to head to a sold out Rock City to see The Vaccines? Faye Stacey did just that...


The doors were a very early 6:30pm and the first band on 6:50pm, so the crowd for local band Divorce wasn't as large as it could have been if they'd had a later start, but those lucky enough to catch the set were not disappointed. The alt country and grunge sound went down a treat and the vulnerability of some of the songs was something that people could relate to.

Next up was Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, an Australian rock band formed in Canberra in 2015. Channelling a riot grrrrl era energy, they ploughed through a fantastic set.

The stage looked incredible as we waited for The Vaccines, with a curtain backdrop and carnations. Lots of carnations. Which isn't surprising given the name of the new album. The band's sixth album, A Pick up Full of Pink Carnations was recently released and I've been playing my zoetrope version on repeat. 


It's the first album and tour, since the departure of original guitarist Freddy Cowan. The sold out Rock City crowd were eager for the band to take to the stage and it became a sea of jumping bodies as Love to Walk Away played. The energy didn't let up throughout the show, which given the vast age range in the room was great to see. 

The band's musical talent was evident throughout the set that was full of songs from each era of The Vaccines. Even though Pick Up is only a month old, the crowd were still singing along with the same passion as they did for the old favourites. The energy, engagement and downright loveliness from the band, just made it even more special to catch them on this intimate tour. 

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