Mumford and Sons: “We still haven’t watched back our Glastonbury performance” NME spoke to Mumford and Sons at their intimate set at London’s Highbury Garage yesterday (July 18).
Mumford and Sons spoke to NME last night at the low-key XFM show in aid of War Child about how they enjoy playing to smaller crowds as well as large ones.
“I’ll watch it (Glastonbury) one day,” the frontman said to NME last night, where the band performed a special intimate set to 600 fans. “It’s one of those life events that feels like it’ll take 20 years to process.’’
The band – who closed out the Pyramid Stage – were also keen to dispel rumours that they didn’t enjoy their experience at the festival.
Keyboard player Ben Lovett told the hometown crowd at their London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park show the following weekend (July 6): “Were any of you lot at Glastonbury last weekend? It was a very pleasant experience… [but] you guys are loads better than that gig ever was.”
Lovett told NME, “Glastonbury was very special. But the Olympic Park was a London gig and it was our crowd rather than the Glastonbury crowd. So in a way it felt a bigger achievement.”
Lovett added, “We travel a lot. So when we come back home to where it all began, it really means a lot to us. But at the same time, we would never take back that Glastonbury show.”
The band played tracks including ‘Little Lion Man’, ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Lover of the Light’ to competition winners at last night’s low-key XFM show in aid of War Child.
The group took to the centre of the room to perform unplugged versions of ‘Dust Bowl Dance’ and ‘Sigh No More’ for their encore.
“We always jump at the opportunity when it comes up to do little shows like this. Our format, our band dynamic is so set up for pubs,” Mumford explained.
Mumford and Sons next bring their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Shows festival tour to Lewes on Sunday (July 21) and continue to tour into Autumn.
The band also hinted at a new album at the intimate show last night.
“We’ve started thinking about it,” said Lovett. “We started thinking about it the moment we put the last one to bed.”
Lovett said, ”We’ve got Gentleman of the Road then these shows in America, then we’ll start thinking about the next album properly. We’re going to sit on it for a while.”
Mumford and Sons played
‘Little Lion Man’
‘White Blank Page’
‘I Will Wait’
‘Lover of the Light’
‘Ghosts That We Knew’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
‘Sigh No More’
‘The Cave’ at their intimate set. This gallery is part of the XFM presents with Ford SYNC series.