Mumford & Sons played their last UK show before headlining the Reading And Leeds Festivals later on Saturday (August 1), playing to a 30,000-strong crowd in Aviemore as part of their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour.
The band headlined a festival-style line-up which saw performances from Simian Mobile Disco, Primal Scream, King Charles and The Maccabees. Marcus Mumford joined the latter band on stage to perform their song ‘Pelican’.
Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks dedicated closing track ‘Grew Up at Midnight’ to Mumford’s band, paying tribute to them by saying, “They’re doing an amazing thing. Putting these events on is not an easy thing to do. It’s a very valiant thing to do and it’s amazing to be asked to come and play with them.”
See below for fan-shot footage of the moment:
Mumford later returned to the stage for his own band’s headline set. “We all came for a fucking party so let’s have a party,” Mumford declared after opener ‘Snake Eyes’ kicked off a two-hour set which drew heavily from new album ‘Wilder Mind’.
This was the only UK stopover planned for this year, and it took place in the dramatic setting of the Scottish Highlands. Right from the off, there was a party atmosphere amongst the crowd, who bellowed along to 2012 single ‘I Will Wait’ and early favourites like ‘Below My Feet’ and ‘Awake My Soul’, on which keyboardist Ben Lovett invited the crowd to “sing a song for the whole Highlands together”.
Later, Mumford introduced ‘Roll Away Your Stone’ by confiding that, “It feels like the part of the weekend where we just have fun. We’re not gonna worry about what we sound like and you’re not gonna worry about what we sound like, we’re just gonna have a little dance together, yeah?” The band played a raft of from their recently-released third album, with all but two of its 12 songs receiving an airing.
“It’s totally our honour and privilege to do these stopovers and you’ve made it happen,” said Mumford after returning for a three-song encore, and thanked the other bands on the bill for taking part. “It’s not a tried and tested formula, and they all had faith in us, from Primal Scream down to Neon Waltz, so thank you.” Bringing proceedings to a close were Simian Mobile Disco, featuring ‘Wilder Mind’ producer James Ford, who Mumford joked was “a good lad, but it’s taken us booking his band for a shitload of money to come and see our live show. There’s still no proof that he’s here. He’s probably being choppered in at the moment.”
Primal Scream were perhaps a surprising choice as a warm-up act for Mumford & Sons. Their hour-long set opened with ‘2013’ and encompassed live favourites like ‘Jailbird’, ’Kill All Hippies’ and ‘Country Girl’, but the biggest cheer was reserved for when Gillespie announced that, “We’re gonna play you some songs from the ‘Screamadelica’ album… don’t get too excited.”
Mumford & Sons played:
‘I Will Wait’
‘Below My Feet’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Thistle and Weeds’
‘Ghosts That We Knew’
‘Tompkins Square Park’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Broad Shouldered Beasts’
‘Little Lion Man’