Review: Mumford & Sons (Sunday 27th)
Mumford & Sons play what can only be described as a 'magical' set.
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The audience for a Mumford & Sons gig is varied – at first you have their true target audience, hipsters in their late 20s, then you have those who have discovered the band since their smash hit record ‘I Will Wait’ in 2012 – families and teens.
Opening with three tracks from their new album, ‘Wilder Mind’ builds the audience’s appreciation for their true musical talent. For the first 15 minutes of the set we were without banjos and it was a truly ‘modern’ performance. Start with slow ballad ‘Snake Eyes’ may have felt like a mistake, though, lulling the audience into sweet disarray as to the vibe of the set. They quickly recorded by playing lead single ‘Believe’ off of their new release.
The truly magic moments come there after – with ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Lover of the Light’ be belted out at the top of their lungs, the audience had plenty of time to prep for this and were definitely ready. The real wonder occurred a little later though…
Inviting Jack Garratt on stage for a cover of ‘Sweet Dreams’, originally by Eurythmics, coupled with an unplugged cover of ‘Cold Arms’ (you truly had to be there to witness it – as they turned the microphones off) was what sent the set from ‘good’ to whole new heights. Followed by The Cave and Ditmas – there was true wonder as to how the rest of the set could top this.
However, it did. Ending off on Hot Gates and two of their biggest tracks, ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘The Wolf’ ensured that there was not a frown leaving the Roundhouse.
It was a truly fulfilling set – witnessing the band in action, performing a perfect collection of the old and the new, coupled with Marcus and Ben (Lovett)’s humorous onstage banter, it was as good a set as we could have wished for.
And THAT’s how you headline the Apple Music Festival.