Mumford and Sons covered a host of rock classics at a secret show for keyboardist Ben Lovett’s record company last night (September 1).
Making their first British appearance since headlining London’s Hyde Park in June, Mumford And Sons were the surprise guests at the end of Communion Records’ tenth anniversary show at London warehouse House Of Vans.
They covered The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and Free’s ‘Alright Now’ before banjoist Winston Marshall sang lead vocals on a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’.
The gig at the 900-capacity venue saw Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats play six of their own songs including ‘SOB’ before they acted as the house band for the other musicians, who mainly covered soul classics.
Jack Garratt opened the show with his version of [b[Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’, before Matthew And The Atlas, Dan Croll and Rukhsana Merrise also performed.
Bear’s Den, whose singer Kevin Jones set up Communion with Lovett and Manic Street Preachers producer Ian Grimble, covered Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk On By’ before Banfi, Joseph J Jones and Martha Gunn played before Mumford And Sons’ set.
Mumford And Sons regularly cover classics in their concerts, having played ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ when they headlined Glastonbury in 2013.
Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, Beatenberg and Garratt recently remixed songs from Mumford And Sons’ collaborations album ‘Johannesburg’.