Harmony in Eclipse: Vampire Weekend’s Celestial Concert Experience

The last year has been abuzz with an endless list of possibilities for the Great American Eclipse – camping, boat cruises, rooftop bookings, and so much more. Then Vampire Weekend announced a show…. during the eclipse.  On the afternoon of April 8th, Vampire Weekend fans were treated to a celestial spectacle unlike any other as they gathered at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park to witness a solar eclipse while enjoying the band’s first live performance after the release of their new album. This extraordinary event marked the beginning of Vampire Weekend’s national tour in support of their latest album, “Only God Was Above Us,” adding an ethereal dimension to the concert experience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Show

The anticipation was palpable as attendees, many of whom had traveled from across the country, gathered at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Clad in merchandise from Vampire Weekend’s past tours, fans eagerly exchanged stories of their favorite concert memories and bonded over their shared love for the band. Before the show even began, many eagerly perused the latest merchandise offerings, including limited one-off eclipse items. Amidst the chatter and camaraderie, it became evident that this gathering would be more than just a concert. 

As the sun began its descent towards totality, Vampire Weekend took to the stage amidst a chorus of cheers and applause. With an electrifying energy that permeated the air, they opened the show with the live debut of ‘Ice Cream Piano,’ a track from their newly released album ‘Only God Was Above Us.’ The audience was enraptured by the haunting melodies and infectious rhythms, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening.

Celestial Set

Throughout the performance, Vampire Weekend treated fans to several other live debuts from ‘Only God Was Above Us,’ including ‘Connect,’ ‘Gen-X Cops,’ and the poignant album closer, ‘Hope.’ In addition to their newest offerings, Vampire Weekend delighted longtime fans with beloved classics like ‘Unbelievers,’ ‘Cousins,’ and ‘Oxford Comma,’ igniting a wave of nostalgia and excitement among the crowd. Each song in the over two hour set was met with fervent applause and sing-alongs, further amplifying the sense of unity and camaraderie that pervaded the amphitheater.

As the eclipse reached its moment of totality, darkness descended upon the amphitheater, momentarily hushing the bustling crowd. The band took a break to allow us all to experience what is a rare occurrence. Fans cheered as Austin reached totality and the clouds allowed for a brief visual of what was a spiritual sight.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With dawn gracing us for the second time on this day, the band emerged to dazzle their fans with surprises of their own. The highlight for many was a special guest performance by Thomas Mars of Phoenix. Thomas joined the band to perform ‘Tonight’ from Phoenix’s 2022 record ‘Alpha Zulu’, which features Ezra Koenig. This was the first time ever the two have performed the song live together. David Macklovitch of Chromeo added to the excitement as a special guest as well. It being Ezra’s 40th birthday, the two native French speakers serenaded Ezra with Happy Birthday in French. 

In the heart of Austin, Texas, amid the convergence of music and the cosmos, Vampire Weekend and their devoted fans shared a collective bonding experience unlike any other. As the eclipse cast its shadow over the amphitheater, it seemed to symbolize not only the fleeting nature of celestial events but also the enduring power of music to unite and uplift the human spirit.

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