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The Very Best on Tour with Vampire Weekend

Tour dates for Vampire Weekend's tour with The Very Best

I first saw The Very Best at the Roots Picnic in Philly, and I was blown away by their high-energy electronic-based performance. Currently on tour with Vampire Weekend, Malawian vocalist Esau Mwamwaya along with London-based producers Radioclit are making huge moves. Check out their tour dates with Vampire Weekend below.


TOUR DATES:

Jul 16 2010 8:00P

Melt Festival Saxony-Anhalt, DE

Jul 17 2010 8:00P

Dour Festival Dour, BE

Jul 21 2010 8:00P

Paleo Nyon Nyon, FR

Jul 23 2010 8:00P

San Sebastian International Jazz Fest San Sebastien, ES

Jul 24 2010 8:00P

La Mar De Musicas Cartagena, ES

Jul 29 2010 8:00P

Emmaboda Festival Emmaboda, SE

Jul 31 2010 8:00P

Juicy Beats Dortmund, DE

Sep 25 2010 6:30P

Greek Theatre w Vampire Weekend Berkeley, CA

Sep 26 2010 8:00P

Hollywood Bowl w Vampire Weekend L.A, CA

Sep 28 2010 5:30P

Soma w Vampire Weekend San Diego, CA

Oct 3 2010 6:30P

Chaifetz Arena w Vampire Weekend St Louis, MO

Oct 4 2010 6:00A

The Brady Theatre w Vampire Weekend Tulsa, OK

Oct 6 2010 6:30P

Palladium Ballroom w Vampire Weekend Dallas, TX

Oct 7 2010 6:30P

Verizon Wireless Theatre w Vampire Weekend Houston, TX

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