Vacations Concert Review


Vacations are an indie-rock band based in Newcastle, Australia. The band is comprised of Campbell Burns, Jake Johnson, Nate Delizzotti, and Joseph Van Lier.

Last night, Vacations performed at a small venue in Washington D.C. called Union Stage. This performance was one of 32 concerts scheduled for their first USA tour.

I was surprised to see that the majority of people in attendance were not wearing masks. Upon entrance to the venue, proof of vaccination was required, but masks were optional.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. At about 8 p.m., the opening act entered the stage. The concert was opened by a more electronic-sounding indie band called Dreamgirl. Dreamgirl is comprised of Ian Dobyns, Lacey Hopkins, and Skylar Smith.

As soon as Dreamgirl arrived at their microphones, they had an overwhelming effect on the crowd. It was clear that they were close and worked well together. It truly looked like each member was having the best time of their life on stage.

Many of the songs they played were from their newest album, Poolside. The music was happy, upbeat, and was dream-like. Dreamgirl played for about an hour until they traded places with the main act, Vacations.

Whenever I go to a concert, for some reason, listening to the opener is always my favorite part of the night. While I extremely enjoyed the ethereal sounds of Dreamgirl, this night was different.

Dreamgirl played for about an hour until they traded places with the main act, Vacations. When vacations took the stage, the crowd went wild.

This concert might as well have been a musical comedy show. You couldn’t find a funnier, more genuine band if you tried. I never saw the smile fade off of Burns’ face, the entire night.

As the night went on, the musicians got more comfortable and the music got louder. It was so loud that the woman standing next to me had to leave the venue.

I could feel the vibrations from the bass guitar that was so dominant in the songs. The volume level got to the point where I couldn’t hear anything my friends said to me, even though they were yelling in my ear.

The band focused on more of their happier songs. They were upbeat and made standing still impossible.

Vacations created an atmosphere where everyone could feel included and absorbed by their vibe. Hearing Burns say “This is a special moment,” was one of the highlights of my night.

Before attending this concert, I wasn’t the biggest Vacations fan and I didn’t know many songs. By the end of the night, I wanted to learn them all. An average Monday night turned into an unforgettable experience.