Band closed first night of festival with fireworks
Mumford and Sons took the opportunity of headlining the first night of Reading Festival 2015 to announce a major December tour of UK and Ireland.
Taking to a stage strewn with red neon beams and clad largely in black, the London band opened with ‘Snake Eyes’ from this year’s ‘Wilder Mind’ album, at the end of which an energised Marcus Mumford told the crowd: “It’s fucking good to be back at Reading, we came here for a party.”
Keyboardist Ben Lovett also explained that Reading was a key event for the band to perform at: “When we finished our third record there was one place in the world we wanted to play more than any other and that was here for you fine people.”
Big hits ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Little Lion Man’ were played early on, but Mumford worked hard to engage the crowd throughout the set, telling them, “You shouldn’t have lost your voice yet, so we’re gonna sing one together,” before ‘Awake My Soul’.
A lengthy build-up introduced the dolorous ‘Thistle & Weeds’, the mood for which was broken by Marcus pointing out a fan with a pineapple on his head at the end. “He has no idea where he is, he thinks he’s watching Limp Bizkit,” he joked. Mumford then led the band in the stripped-back ‘Ghosts That We Knew’ featuring Noah & The Whale’s Tom Hobden on violin, described by Mumford as “the best musician we know”.
The main set ended with a string of favourites including ‘The Cave’ and ‘Roll Away Your Stone’, before which Mumford exclaimed “Friday night’s fucking awesome!”
During ‘Ditmus’ Mumford crowd-surfed while still singing and moshed with the crowd, while ‘Dust Bowl Dance’ closed with a firework fountain.
The encore saw Mumford announce a December UK tour, and the set ended with ‘The Wolf’.
‘Mumford And Sons played:
‘I Will Wait’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Below My Feet’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Tompkins Square Park’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle & Weeds’
‘Ghosts That We Knew’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
Mumford & Sons will play:
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (November 28)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (29)
Birmingham Genting Arena (30)
Dublin 3Arena (December 2)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (5)
Manchester Arena (6)
Liverpool Echo Arena (7)
London O2 Arena (9, 10)
Leeds First Direct Arena (12)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (13)