It’s been five years since Vampire Weekend released any music – their last was 2013’s Grammy-winning Modern Vampires of the City – and four years since they last performed as a band together. In that time, multi-instrumentalist and co-songwriter Rostam Batmanglij also left the band.  

However, the period of (unofficial) inactivity might be coming to an end. Yesterday, the band was announced as one of the headliners of the upcoming End of the Road Festival in the UK this September. The festival appearance, alongside acts like St. Vincent, Feist, Yo La Tengo, Jeff Tweedy, John Cale and more, could be the first of more live dates to be announced.

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Vampire Weekend have also reactivated their website. It currently contains just a landing page with the band’s logo on a plain white background, though it’s likely that more developments are imminent. In September last year, the band’s frontman Ezra Koenig had replied to a Twitter query about the status of a new Vampire Weekend album to say, “80% done but the last 20% is always the hardest.”

Later that month, in an interview with Zane Low, Ezra signalled a shift in direction, saying, “The last album was kind of our darker one. A little more sombre, a lot of death and kind of sadness. And unfortunately I can’t fully shake that. There’s always going to be an element of that. But I liked the name Mitsubishi Macchiato (working title) because it reminded me to wake up a little bit too and maybe get back to some other vibes. It’s going to be a mix. That last album felt very kind of autumnal, wintry, and I wanted to do something that at least has elements of springtime."