Tame Impala and Spectrals also play


Mumford and Sons played material from their forthcoming second album at Benicassim tonight (July 16).

The band, who also performed at the Spanish event in 2010, played new tracks ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ and ‘Lover Of The Light’, as well as a host of traks from 2009 debut album ‘Sigh No More’.

Singer Marcus Mumford asked the crowd, “How you all doing this evening Benicassim? It’s great to be back. All of you who were here last year, thanks for coming back.”

The band were joined onstage by a brass three-piece for their new tracks, and Marcus played the drums on ‘Lover Of The Light’.

Keyboard player Ben Lovett told the crowd: “We’ve been in the recording studio all week. We fly back home tomorrow to continue working on the new album, if it’s OK with you we’re going to play some of that new stuff this evening.”

Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream were set to play after the folk four-piece. Lovett said of the latter, “We’re very excited to be sharing the stage with them. Believe it or not, they’re one of our favourite bands.”

Mumford and Sons played:

‘Sigh No More’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘White Blank Page’
‘Hopeless Wanderer’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle And Weeds’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Lover’s Eyes’
‘The Cave’

Earlier in the evening, four piece psychedelic rock outfit Tame Impala warmed up the crowd on the Maravillas stage with the likes of hits ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’, ‘It Is Not Meant To Be’ and ‘Solitude Is Bliss’. The Perth band kept the banter to a minimum, pausing only to thank the crowd and ask if they had been to the beach yet.

Flying the flag for new UK talent at Benicassim today was Best Coast support act Spectrals . Leeds-based singer Louis Jones played the Fib Club Stage, performing fan favourites ‘Peppermint’ and ‘7th Date’.

NME.COM is coming live from Benicassim 2011 this weekend – stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/Benicassim for all the action.