Mumford and Sons rock Auckland (+video)

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The Londoners' world tour began after the release of their third studio album Wilder Mind, which saw the band put down their acoustic instruments and move towards a more electrified sound. Photo: Emily Patrick

Four piece English band Mumford and Sons served up a musical treat for their Auckland show last week.

Vector Arena was near packed to capacity with concert-goers clapping, dancing and singing along.

Mumford and Sons’ world tour began after the release of their third studio album Wilder Mind, which saw the band put down their acoustic instruments and move towards a more electrifying sound.

Some ticket holders compared this Mumford and Sons’ show to The Killers and Kings of Leon live, measured to their previous performance here a few years ago.

Marcus Mumford declared early in the night they were here for one night only, and they intended to party. 

Lovett Mumford said: “The whole stand up thing applies for the whole night, so join in if you want…. We just want to have fun.

“We’re only here for one night so we’re going to make it epic,” he continued and then whipped out the acoustic guitar and banjo – sending the crowd into a frenzy with Little Lion Man.

After working the crowd to a thigh-slapping frenzy with I Will Wait, the band made their way through the crowd to the sound desk at the back of the arena, where they huddled around a single mic.

The house lights turned on, and Mumford explained: “This is going to be quiet,” and then said politely, “I need you to be really f*****g quiet.” The group then launched into a small acoustic set, showcasing their trademark harmonies.

After the raw and personal few songs the award winning band then ran back to the mainstage, thanking everyone for coming.

The London lads had only just left the stage when there were called back for not one, but three encore songs.

Mumford delighted fans with a night of foot-stomping sing-alongs and electric anthemic folk.

“We apologise for not coming here sooner, but thank you for supporting us,” Lovett farewelled. “We look forward to seeing you again.”

SET LIST

Snake Eyes

Little Lion Man

Just Smoke

Awake my Soul

Lover of the Light

Thistle & Weeds

Ghosts that we knew

Believe

Tompkins Square Park

Only Love

The Cave

Roll Away Your Stone

Broad-Shouldered Beasts

Ditmas

Dust Bowl Dance

Timshel

Cold Arms

Hot Gates

I’m On Fire / Bruce Springsteen cover

The Wolf

Video: Mumford and Sons Auckland show, Vector Arena

 

Photos: Mumford and Sons Auckland show, Vector Arena

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