Mumford & Sons played their final UK show before they headline Reading & Leeds later this month this weekend, joined by Primal Scream, The Maccabees and others as well as a 30,000-strong crowd in Aviemore. Here’s how it all went down…
Mumfords were the big draw of the festival, of course, but the rest of the bands on the bill knew how to pull in the crowds too. "They're on the form of their lives right now," Marcus Mumford had previously said of The Maccabees in a recent interview with NME. There were no arguments from the Aviemore faithful after their Gentlemen of the Road appearance.
Glasgow rockers White opened proceedings on Saturday - white by name, white by stage attire...
White singer Leo Condie does an impression of his favourite letter of the alphabet, the letter Y.
Another Scottish act, Glasgow duo Honeyblood were also impressive.
Honeyblood singer Stina Tweeddale in full swing.
Honeyblood caught backstage. Tweeddale was joined in the band last year by Cat Myers, who replaced original drummer Shona McVicar.
Here's Lianne La Havas, friend of Prince and Mumfords alike, playing a very large guitar.
Here's what the Gentlemen of the Road site in Aviemore looked like: rolling hills, bucolic beauty and a wall of death, what more could you want?
Due to recent austerity measures, The Maccabees have to share one coffee between them.
Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks' side career as a shadow puppeteer has never really taken off.
Mumford and Sons' guitarist Winston Marshall is also a big fan of The Maccabees. "We just did an American run with them and their new record's fucking great," he told NME.
It's all White on the night for guitarist brothers Felix and Hugo.
Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie had to kill a solid gold leopard to make that jacket.
Bobby Gillespie manages to feel existential angst even while shaking his maracas.
Mumford and Sons headlined the Saturday night of Gentlemen of the Road in Aviemore.
Mumfords bassist Ted Dwane is a stand-up guy.
Marcus Mumford was delighted by the beauty if the band's Aviemore surroundings, saying: “Just look at this place, come on!”
Ted Dwane shows that Este from Haim isn't the only person who can pull off bass face.
Before ‘Awake My Soul’, keyboardist Ben Lovett invited the crowd to “sing a song for the whole highlands together.”
Before ‘Roll Away Your Stone’, Marcus Mumford said: “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?”
Winston Marshall strums delicately to avoid breaking his banjo string.
“It’s totally our honour and privilege to do these stopovers and you’ve made it happen,” said Marcus Mumford after returning for a three-song encore. He also 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.”