Mumford & Sons have come a long way from their humble alternative-folk beginnings. From playing at Laneway Festival and Splendour In The Grass to selling out theatres and outdoor venues across the country, their sound and atmosphere has evolved. Every time the British favourites return to Australia they only seem to get bigger, better and deliver a even larger scale production. To celebrate the release of their fourth studio album ‘Delta’ the four piece deservingly kicked off a mammoth arena tour in Brisbane which showcased the band in a whole new way.
With a close to capacity Brisbane Entertainment Centre packing the arena, the crowd roared with excitement as the house lights dimmed and the soothing synths of ’42’ welcomed the band on stage. “Hello!” lead singer, Marcus Mumford yelled as he powered through the emotional and cinematic opener. “It’s good to be back! If you want to stand up and dance tonight, then do it. Don’t worry about the person behind you and just enjoy the moment” he told the crowd as the whole band made their way to the end of the catwalk for fan favourites ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘Babel’. They immediately had the crowd on their side as everyone in the arena clapped along to the breakdown of ‘Lover Of The Light’ and sang proudly to ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘Tompkins Square Park’.
Stepping into an arena format can always be a little challenging and daunting for a band of Mumford & Sons calibre but they instantly made themselves at home. Their stage structure saw a massive light display creating wings and a moody atmosphere whilst a huge catwalk allowed them to get up close and personal with the big crowd. They made it seem effortless as they made sure everyone got a good look at them and provided an energetic and captivating show. With pyrotechnic explosions during the end of ‘Believe’ they kept adding to that arena status. Marcus’ banter between songs had a great mix of humour, honesty and personality. “Last time we were in Australia we had three albums, now we have four. We are thinking of becoming a real band now” which had the crowd laughing along before he cheekily dedicated ‘Ghosts That We Knew’ to the Australian cricket team. The silence during the performances and the genuine respect the crowd had for the band was super impressive. “Shall we stop fucking around and have a little dance” Marcus asked the crowd before playing ‘The Cave’ and ‘Roll Away Your Stone’. Which was then followed by ‘Ditmas’ that saw Marcus running into the crowd and venture into the bleachers and mosh pitt without security which was commendable.
Returning back to the main stage, they wrapped up the set with ‘Picture You’, ‘Darkness Visible’, ’The Wolf’ and a little firework display. After abruptly walking off stage, the crowd were making it very aware that they wanted more by stomping their feet and starting a loud chant. Re-emerging on to the stage, the band created a circle around one microphone for the unplugged performances of ‘Timshel’ and ‘Cold Arms’. Plugging back into the amps they continued the vibes with ‘Awake My Soul’ and ‘Slip Away’ before the big singalong moment I Will Wait’. Thanking the crowd for coming along and vowing to always return to Australia they closed the show with ‘Delta’ and a whole lot of confetti.
The band have come a long way since their first visit to Australia and their constant growth is impressive. Whilst their music has sonically changed a little they still manage to deliver a humble, emotional and euphoric show that is engaging and doesn’t get lost in the big venue.
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Photos by Zac Montgomery
Mumford & Sons Australian Tour
Fri 18 Jan – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Sat 19 Jan – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *SOLD OUT*
Tue 22 Jan – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Wed 23 Jan – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Thu 24 Jan – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sun 27 Jan – RAC Arena, Perth