Mumford & Sons team up with The Kinks’ Ray Davies for London homecoming

Band wrap up their last UK show for some time at Hammersmith Apollo

Mumford and Sons wrapped up their UK tour in London last night (October 9) with a special guest appearance from The Kinks‘s Ray Davies.

The NME cover stars teamed up with the singer for a medley of the north Londoner‘s classic tracks ‘Days/This Time Tomorrow’ towards the end of their homecoming show at the Hammersmith Apollo. The medley with the band also features on Davies‘ forthcoming album ‘See My Friends’.

Introducing The Kinks frontman, Marcus Mumford said: “We’d like to introduce a couple of people onstage. One of them is a newer member of the band, who used to play with The Kinks. Everyone Ray Davies.”

Mumford went on to apologise for any mistakes the band may make as they kicked off the song, pointing out they had little time to rehearse the track together.

Davies then teamed up with Mumford on vocals and acoustic guitar while the crowd sang back the words.

The band were also backed by a three-piece brass section at various points in the gig alongside a cellist and drummer as they performed tracks from their 2009 debut ‘Sigh No More’.

They also played a series of new songs including ‘Lover Of The Light’ and ‘Nothing Is Written’, which were previously premiered at the summer festivals, alongside an upbeat untitled new anthem featuring the lyrics: “Keep the earth below my feet/Thrall my sway, my blood runs weak.”

Introducing the track, the band jokingly threatened to cover Blink-182 as guitarist Winston Marshall announced: “We’ve had the privilege of seeing some great bands in this venue over the years like Alice Cooper and Blink-182 so we want to play tribute to them. Any Blink-182 songs we could play?”

Earlier before kicking off ‘Little Lion Man’ to huge cheers, Mumford also told the crowd: “We are not going to pretend that it is quite a big deal playing here tonight because it is. Sometimes I wish we had a bit more swagger and we could be a bit cooler but it is really great to be here.”

He added: “It is our last show in the UK too for a while so it is a bit emotional. Not to get all lovey-dovey but it has been a great couple of years for us and we are very grateful.”

Later, the band unplugged their instruments and stood huddled at the front of the stage as they rattled off ‘Sister’ before wrapping up their performance with ‘Whispers In The Dark’ and ‘The Cave’.

Mumford and Sons played:

‘Sigh No More’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Winter Winds’
‘White Blank Page’
‘Nothing Is Written’
‘I Gave You All’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle & Weeds’
‘After The Storm’
‘Untitled New Song’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
‘Whispers In The Dark’
‘The Cave’

Earlier, Mumford also joined support act Matthew And The Atlas, playing drums on a number of their songs.