I first heard Mumford & Sons a few years ago from my sister. She commutes to work and listens to Pandora a lot and had heard their song “Little Lion Man” one day and got hooked. My first reaction was “Shit these guys are awesome” then I heard the banjo and really how can you not love them?
In case you have never heard them (and that really is something you need to change ASAP) here is one of my favorite songs. Little Lion Man was the first song I heard by them and to this day remain my favorite. Off their new album Babel the song Hopeless Wanderer is my new second favorite. Here is a live performance of it from Bonaroo in 2011.
Here is a little history for you. Mumford & Sons are from London, England. Their music is considered folk rock and their band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, accordian, drums), Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo <3, guitar) and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar). I mean the amount of instruments each guy plays is crazy, they are so talented. Their first album , Sigh No More, was released in the UK in October 2009 and in the US in February 2010. In 2011 they got 2 Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song (Little Lion Man). Their performance at the 2011 Grammys though increased their popularity. I can’t find any good versions of this performance to link to but it was awesome. Their second album, Babel, was released in September 2012 and this year they won Album of the Year at the Grammys. [Source]
Last year I was ecstatic when I found out they would FINALLY be playing on the East Coast. Up until then they were only touring Europe and doing TV show performances. Their first performance in the tri-state area would be in Hoboken, NJ on Pier A. At first I was concerned about the pier venue especially because of how fast the tickets sold out. But on a cooler August day we headed down to Hoboken to finally see them perform live. Seriously one of the best outdoor concerts I have ever been to. We danced and sang in the grass with a big group of friends and the end of the show was topped off with fireworks!
Their 2013 tour sold out just as quickly. They actually had 2 shows last week in Brooklyn, but opened a third last night when those sold out in minutes. The Barclays Center was an ok venue. We were in the 200 sections and the rows were very small and close together. One wrong step you felt like you could plummet down to the bottom. Also the atmosphere was different. Being in an arena as opposed to outside hindered dancing around. Most of the people around us did really enjoy themselves and the show was amazing. I love seeing thousands of people coming together to enjoy music.
I can’t wait for them to go on tour in our area again. And maybe next time it will be another outdoor summer concert! Even though we were not close to the stage I was still able to get this awesome photo. Who is a favorite band/artist of yours?