Mumford and Sons thrilled a packed-out crowd with a fiery Saturday night (July 10) headline slot at the King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent at T In The Park.
Opening with the title track from their debut album ‘Sigh No More’, singer Marcus Mumford drew cheers when he informed the crowd that: “We love this country very much, it feels a lot like coming home.”
Fans perched on each others’ shoulders and brandished hats and ukeleles as the band followed up with ‘Awake My Soul’ and ‘Roll Away Your Stone’. “We were very close to going to see Eminem,” keyboardist Ben Lovett informed the crowd. “But we thought we’d come and have a party with you.”
The band played two new songs, ‘Nothing Is Written’ – a typically energetic folk number with rich vocal harmonies – and ‘Lover Of The Light’, a rockier track.
“There’s a lot of you,” Lovett noted following an emotive rendition of ‘Timshel’. “We opened this stage last year at noon, and there were a lot less of you.”
Closing with a storming take on ‘Dustbowl Dance’ and an encore of ‘The Cave’, a visibly delighted Marcus told the crowd: “I think we were all pretty fucking nervous before this gig because there’s a lot of you and we still feel like quite a young band, quite a new band. We just feel so amazingly supported by you all, and we’re extremely grateful.”
Mumford and Sons played:
‘Sigh No More’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Nothing Is Written’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle And Weeds’
‘White Blank Page’
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