Mumford & Sons

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Mumford & Sons

Gone are the banjos, boots and braces – these days Marcus Mumford’s travelling band are marching into Coldplay territory with their big choruses and electronic flourishes. Their West London public school education and cod-Steinbeck aesthetic were always going to make them an easy target for the haters, but having headlined both Glastonbury and Reading Festival in the last few years, they know how to put on a show – and it’s easy to fall for their warm, surging bluster in a live setting.

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I went to see Mumford & Sons last night at the O2 and i'm still buzzing now from what could be argued as the best live gig i've ever been to!

I was given some last minute tickets to the side of the stage in the tiered seating, not too far from the stage so had an incredible view of the whole arena and stage. When I saw them here a few years ago my seats were up in the Gods and I had to rely on the big screens to see what was going on, so this was a great upgrade.

We forwent watching the support group (I'd never heard of them and would rather have dinner than sit through music I don't know) and arrived at our seats just in time for the lights to dip and the band to take to the stage. They opened with Snake Eyes which got much of the standing audience buzzing, but it wasn't until the second song, I Will Wait, when the rest of the arena were on their feet dancing. Marcus allowed the audience to sing alone for the chorus - there's something so amazing at hearing 20,000 people singing one of your favourite songs in unison. Definitely a hairs on the back of your neck moment.

Marcus spent a fair bit of time on drums throughout the concert, and he really brought Lover of the Light alive. At one crazy moment, Marcus took to the audience (I believe whilst singing Ditmas, perfectly, without fault) - physically walking through the middle of the crowd flanked by some security, and naturally the people surrounding him did all they could to get a touch of his face. It was at this point that phones came out and people did all they good to get a picture, but surprisingly this was one of the only moments throughout the whole concert that photos were being taken. It was amazing to see an entire audience predominantly watching a gig with their eyes rather than through their smart phones! It was refreshing.

Naturally the 'lighters in the air' moments of concerts have now been replaced with 'flashlight apps in the air' instead, so at one point the entire arena was a sea of beautiful white lights, like a room of stars in the darkness. Another beautiful moment that admittedly, I tried to snap a picture of (which you can hopefully see attached!)

I also used the flashlight app to locate my brother and his girlfriend who had standing tickets and who had cleverly positioned themselves next to the quiet stage at the back, where the band performed the first of their encores. The first song they played within complete silence from the crowd was Sister, a personal favourite of mine not featured on any of their albums, consisting of beautiful harmonies and simplistic guitar. My brother was right next to the stage and as the biggest Mumford fan i've ever met, was probably wetting himself as he took an amazing picture of the moment (also hopefully attached!)

They returned to the main stage after singing Cold Arms and began their finale encore, which included a Springsteen cover of I'm On Fire (which lends itself perfect to the Mumford sound) and Little Lion Man which obviously had the crowd go wild and another 20,000 person sing-a-long commenced. Up went the hairs again.

I'm obviously a massive fan of Mumford and Sons and already have booked tickets to see them next summer at BST Hyde Park, and if that gig is going to be anywhere near as amazing as last nights then I would urge everyone to go grab them self a ticket to that before it's too late! They played a perfect mix of all the best songs from the three outstanding albums so there is something for every album preference. I only wish they had added 'Monster' to their setlist as it's my favourite from the Wilder Minds album, but otherwise I cannot fault this amazing concert.