Vampire Weekend have just announced they will perform at the End of The Road Festival in the U.K. later this year. They will headline the three day folk-rock event, held from 30 Aug. to 2 Sept., at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, alongside St Vincent and Fiest. Others on the bill include Yo La Tengo, Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale, Ezra Furman, Julia Holter and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
In the last four years, frontman Ezra Koenig has been busy working on an anime film and collaborating with the likes of Beyonce, Kanye West and Karen O. Fans have been eager for news on Vampire Weekend's much-anticipated fourth album, which is expected soon and will have a decidedly folk feel. Keonig, who is working with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Cass McCombs, Brandon Flowers), has revealed it was seeing country singer Kacey Musgraves live at a 2016 show, that prompted this artistic shift.
Since the song cycle for their last album, 2013's Modern Vampires of The City, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has left the band for a solo career, and other producing projects (Haim, Hamilton Leithauser). However, Keonig has revealed that he will return to work with Vampire Weekend for the upcoming record. "We’re working on some songs in the exact same way we’ve always worked,” Koenig said in an interview last year. “We have some stuff that we started a pretty long time ago.”
This week marked 10 years since their debut was released. Remaining members, bassist Chris Baio and drummer Chris Tomson have both, also released solo efforts between Vampire Weekend albums; proving there's no slowing down for any member of the band, past or present.