Mumford And Sons thrill at SXSW day party

Viva Voce, Frances win over the early afternoon crowd

Mumford and Sons played an incredibly strong set at the Under the Radar SXSW party at the Flamingo Cantina this morning (March 20).

The London-based band combined harmonies reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and tight instrumentation when performing songs from their two EPs including ‘White Blank Page’ and ‘Dust Bowl Dance’ as well as new material that the band said will likely end up on their debut full-length album.

Frontman Marcus Mumford sang each lyric with tremendous emotion, seemingly unaffected by the early timeslot and travel dramas that delayed the band’s arrival in Austin.


“We were delayed 10 hours at La Guardia airport and then our keyboardist, Ben, couldn’t get on the plane,” Mumford told NME.COM. “He’s so allergic to peanuts that if a plane even serves them, he can’t get on because the fumes can get into the air ducts and kill him.”

Afterwards, New York-based band Frances performed their very first South by Southwest party, previewing new tracks from their sophomore album including ‘All The While’, ‘Tight Rope’ and ‘Fake Vacation’. “It’s our first time in Austin and it’s amazing to be here because with great weather because it’s snowing in New York,” said drummer Tlacael Esparza.

Viva Voce packed the venue for their 1:30 timeslot, previewing a handful songs from their forthcoming album ‘Rose City’, including the title track, ‘Devotion’ and ‘Die A Little’. They also played crowd-pleasers ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘Lesson Number One’.

Frontwoman Anita Robinson said she and her bandmate/husband Kevin Robinson have enjoyed doing double-duty at this year’s festival, also performing in their country-twinged steel pedal band Blue Giant. “It’s always weird performing when you can see the daylight but it’s South by Southwest so you’ve got to get sweaty and dirty,” Robinson said.

Mumford and Sons played:

‘Sigh No More’
‘Little Lion Man’
‘White Blank Page’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’


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