The band started their set in front of a huge crowd on the John Peel Stage with a blistering rendition of the title track of their 2009 debut album ‘Sigh No More’.
“This is by far the biggest gig we’ve ever played,” announced keyboard player Ben Lovett after they played ‘Little Lion Man’, which was preceded by chants of “Mumford! Mumford!” from the audience.
“It’s good to be back in England,” frontman Marcus Mumford added after playing the song.
“How you all doing in the sunshine out there?” a grinning Lovett later asked, extending the greeting to those people who were outside the tent unable to get in.
Mumford, whose band were joined by a horn section for a smattering of songs, went on to tell the thousands of people in the crowd about how last year they played at the festival in the Greenpeace tent with just 300 people “having a hoe down”.
“You’ve been marvellous,” he said after their last song, ‘Dustbowl Dance’.
Mumford and Sons played:
‘Sigh No More’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Nothing Is Written’
‘White Blank Page’
‘I Gave You All’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle And Weeds’