Mumford and Sons headlined Leeds Festival 2015 tonight (August 29) with lead singer Marcus Mumford having his shirt ripped open after embracing fans in the audience.
The band played a 90-minute set on the Main Stage and opened up with the rocky ‘Snake Eyes’, a taste of the band’s 2015 album ‘Wilder Mind’ which accounted for the heaviest moments of the set. “We’re super proud of this album,” keyboard player Ben Lovett told the crowd before introducing the album title track.
Dressed all in black, the band were in hight spirits from the start of the set with Marcus Mumford asking the huge crowd that gathered to see them, “Who’s up for a fucking party?”
The band returned to their roots for a three-song with Ted Dwayne picking up his double bass as the band played ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Little Lion Man’. “We played Reading last night,” Mumford said as fans booed their sister site. “and this is way more fun, man.”
Guitarist Winston Marshall lived out his rock star dreams with an extended solo during ‘Believe’, the heaviest moment of the set and one which got the biggest cheer from fans. Mumford also recalled how Leeds Festival was his first ever festival gig, having played at the Bramham Park site with Noah and The Whale before her formed Mumford & Sons.
Having weighed the middle of the set with songs including ‘Tompkins Square Park’, ‘Thistle and Weeds’ and ‘Below My Feet’, Mumford declared it “time for a fucking party” while Lovett took the chance to tell the Leeds fans how people in the north are much better looking than in the south. The transparent crowd pleasing move working on a crowd who cheered loudly.
After playing ‘Broad Shouldered Beasts’ Mumford declared the set “one of my favourite gigs ever” and said, “We have spent too much time out of this country and Reading & Leeds has given us a new found love for the UK. We’re going to spend a lot more time here.”
Taking the chance to embrace his UK fans, Mumford entered the crowd to sing ‘Ditmas’ in the front row of the audience. He emerged at the end of the song with his shirt ripped open and his hair ruffled. The sight of the bedraggled Mumford amused his bandmates, who openly laughed at their frontman’s plight.
After leaving for a brief period, the band returned for a two song encore of ‘Cold Arms and ‘The Wolf’ with Mumford trailing the band’s UK arena tour by saying: “We’re so glad we’re coming back to Leeds in December.”
Mumford & Sons played:
‘I Will Wait’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Below My Feet’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Tompkins Square Park’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle & Weeds’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Broad Shouldered Beasts’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’