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The Vamps bring world tour to Belfast's SSE Arena

Jackie Bell

Pop band The Vamps performed at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday night as part of their massive 2017 world tour.

The four-piece took to the city stage amid thunderous applause and screams from the excited crowd following supporting performances from The Tide and New Hope Club, as well as Disney actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter.

Carpenter's performance in particular had the young audience whipped into a frenzy, meaning by the time The Vamps appeared on stage the atmosphere at the SSE was already at it's peak.

Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans jumped straight in with some of their best known work, including Wake Up, Wild Heart and Somebody To You - which was performed with Carpenter.

Lead singer Simpson was charged with keeping the chat going throughout the show, but really all he had to do was smile at the crowd and the screams reached a high decibel.

The band's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia and their catchy tune Shades On kept the party going, while their clever use of social media during their track Paper Hearts showed just why they are so popular.

Earlier in the year, fans were asked to send in a photograph via Twitter of them holding up a paper heart with lyrics from the song written on the front. These images were projected on stage throughout the performance, allowing the fans to feel that little bit closer to their idols.

Another highlight from the 90 minute show was a cover medley of hits young and old with the recognisable tune of Ed Sheeran's Shape of You underlying the whole way through.

Meanwhile, it wasn't just his vocal skills Simpson showed off on stage as he was challenged to a battle with drummer Evans - after ten minutes of thumping their drum kits on stage it was agreed that Simpson was good, but Evans was better.

The band finished up in Belfast with Can We Dance and All Night, promising to return in the future.

The Vamps will continue with their world tour with a number of dates in the UK, before heading off to the rest of Europe.

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