Mumford & Sons are hands-down one of my favourite bands. I know they come under fire for being a bit middle-class and twangy but I honestly think Marcus Mumford’s voice is really something else, and they’re all incredibly musically talented. I saw them at probably my favourite concert experience, in Hyde Park in 2011 alongside Arcade Fire and The Vaccines when they’d only released Sigh No More, and at the LG/Genting Arena on the Babel tour. So it was a bit of a no-brainer to snap up tickets to see their Wilder Mind performance.
I will say that I didn’t love Wilder Mind as an album as much as their previous works, although there are some really lovely songs on there. However, any long-time fans will be pleased to know that Babel and especially Sigh No More are given ample time in the setlist and still seem to be the songs that get the best reception although sons from Wilder Mind like ‘Ditmas’, ‘Believe’ and of course ‘The Wolf’ went down very well. I was also thrilled to hear them perform ‘Ghosts That We Knew’, which is one of my favourite quieter songs from Babel.
They also did a really lovely acoustic few songs which was a lovely surprise, if slightly marred by some audience members who don’t seem able to handle quiet songs (if you can seriously afford to spend £40 on concert tickets & then talk all the way through it you probably earn too much money).
If you’re a fan of Mumford & Sons or just really great musicians I would really recommend going to see them as they are completely brilliant live (my Mum described them as being joyful, which is a pretty good way of putting it in my opinion); if you can manage to get a ticket to any of their tour dates. I’m currently trying to talk myself out of booking to see them in Hyde Park as well!