Michael Kiwanuka, Slow Club, Willy Mason, Nathaniel Rateliff also played last night's Greenhead Park show
Mumford and Sons played their first Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festival yesterday (June 2) in Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park.
The one day event saw the band play a headline set, showcasing a number of songs from their forthcoming second album – set for release on September 24 – as well playing classic tracks from their multimillion selling 2009 debut album ‘Sigh No More’.
The band were joined on the bill by a host of other acts specially chosen by Mumford and Sons, including Michael Kiwanuka, Nathaniel Rateliff, Slow Club, Willy Mason, The Moulettes and The Correspondents, who closed the evening.
The outdoor event began with a set from local Huddersfield band The Rag Tags, who were introduced onstage by all four members of Mumford and Sons.
Willy Mason played a set including ‘Oxygen’ from his 2004 debut album, ‘Where The Humans Eat’, as well as ‘Gotta Keep Walking’ from ‘If the Ocean Gets Rough’. “We’re very glad to be part of your celebrations here, we’d like to stay, but we’ve got to play a show in Bristol at midnight,” said Mason from the stage.
Nathaniel Rateliff, who will be supporting the band at their shows next week as well as at the band’s second Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Galway next Saturday (June 9), played as drizzle took over the outdoor site. Backed by a full band, including double bass, his set included ‘Shroud’ and ‘You Should’ve Seen the Other Guy’ from last year’s debut solo record, ‘In Memory Of Loss’.
BBC Sound of 2012 poll winner Michael Kiwanuka took to the main stage before Mumford and Sons, playing ‘I’m Getting Ready’ and ‘Home Again’, as well as an up-tempo cover of Bill Withers‘ ‘I Don’t Know’.
10 minutes before Mumford and Sons took to the stage, Huddersfield’s town crier, dressed in full regalia, asked the crowd to give them “a big Yorkshire welcome”. When the band arrived, frontman Marcus Mumford said, “You look beautiful” to the cheering audience.
The band played a mixed set of first and second album material, and confirmed the first track which will definitely feature on their as-yet-untitled new record, the epic sounding ‘Below My Feet’. They also played a “new version” of the song ‘Whispers In The Dark’, also thought to be included on album number two as well as the low-key, tender ‘Ghosts That We Knew’, which they debuted earlier this year.
During the high octane show, keyboard player Ben Lovett clambered and jumped off the monitors onstage and the set was accompanied by a stunning lightshow. Towards the end of the performance, Marcus Mumford said, “People kept on asking us, ‘why Huddersfield?’ and this is why,” he added, gesturing towards the dancing crowd as they yelled with appreciation.
Mumford and Sons played:
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘White Blank Page’
‘Below My Feet’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Lover of the Light’
‘Thistle and Weeds’
‘Ghosts That We Knew’
‘Whispers In The Dark’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
‘Sigh No More’