Back to The Corner again, continuing the run of Splendour goodness outside of the festival itself. It was a later than expected start on a blistery Monday night, but hearing part of the sound check while standing outside provided some entertainment. Once inside, it wasn’t long before chatter was overpowered by cheers and a drum beat thundering through announcing the arrival of Palma Violets and their plans for a raucous time with Chicken Dippers.
Early on, it was pretty apparent that this isn’t a one-frontman band, with Samuel Fryer and Chilli Jesson both taking on their respective roles in leading the band and working the crowd. A few charming rhymes in Tom the Drum and unmistakably British rock flair in English Tongue were worthy of more than a support set, so this was almost like getting a bit of a co-headline show. Weaving between the murkier sounds of Matador to the sheer joy and keys-driven Step up for the Cool Cats brought nothing but good times.
Years had passed since last seeing The Vaccines, then as a support so this was a well overdue revisit and well worth it, considering memories didn’t seem to include any recollection of how good these guys are on stage. Wasting absolutely no time, Handsome offered no chance of any warm up into the set, with the energy and charm continuing from thereon with shouted choruses necessitating partaking from onlookers early on in Wrecking Bar (ra ra ra) and charismatic delivery all night from Justin Hayward-Young bringing a little extra life and character to every song on the set list.
Cleverly intertwining a few select pickings from previous albums amongst a set list showcasing the new album meant it was never too long before a crowd favourite appeared like a massive singalong to Wetsuit, hanging out for Teenage Icon or ensuring there was time for some toe tapping and busting out a few dance moves to If You Wanna and Norgaard but there was lots of love in the room for the new stuff as well.