What is it like to top the bill at a massive festival? To step out onstage to the cries of tens and sometimes even hundreds of thousands of fans, each of them primed and ready to wail along in boozy unison to every single lyric? The emotion and drama of topping the bill at one of Europe’s biggest festivals is something not many people experience first hand.
Since the breakout success of their 2009 debut ‘Sigh No More’, however, it’s become a pretty regular fixture of Mumford & Sons’ summers. Last weekend saw the former folksters hit Open’er 2015, taking the top slot at a festival that also included performances from The Libertines and Kasabian. It was a set that drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, and found the band beginning to settle into their stride as gritty rock anthem-makers, following the transformative sounds of their recent ‘Wilder Mind’ album.
With Reading and Leeds festival on the horizon, we threw ourselves into the action both onstage and off at Mumfords’ triumphant Open’er appearance to find out what it’s really like playing live in one of the biggest bands currently on the planet. Watch the short film below.