Yes, yes, yes. It was Mumford & Sons. They were AWESOME. We loved hearing them so much, that I think I was enjoying myself at times to the point of finding some sort of wet substance in the corners of my eyes…yes, I am strange.
We moved to England late in July last summer, and ever since, I’ve been looking for tour dates for either Mumford & Sons (from south London) or Adele (also British, in case you’ve been living in a hole,) but have been unsuccessful. Finally, for my husband’s birthday I decided to check “one last time” in case I could score us some tickets for a great birthday gift. There it was! A tour put together by Mumford & Sons themselves, called Gentlemen of the Road, created to be sort of a “festival” atmosphere, celebrating some more out of the way venues – the towns, their people, and their food, where bands don’t regularly tour, including some more British bands along with an American or two, complete with after parties (where they promised to make some appearances) at a few of the bigger clubs and pubs in town. What a fun time! We only planned on going to the concert, though, since we needed to get up the next day to drive home and then into London.
There were a few options for the tour dates and towns – but all were at least 3 hours from us, so we needed to make a weekend of it (which sounded fun to us!) After my run and a shower and a relaxing room service lunch, we headed over to the festival around 4, not knowing what time Mumford would be on. We headed straight to the Merchandise Tent to look for long sleeves because it was a bit chilly and threatening rain. Then we set up our blanket and waited, listening to the other bands and just relaxing 🙂
See the blanket? It later on became our saving grace as it started raining and the temperature continued to drop. For a while we were sitting on the blanket with it wrapped around us, huddled together for warmth with the umbrella shared over the top. Plenty of poor folks had no umbrellas, and no blankets, so there were lots of walking trashbags going around. By the time Mumford took the stage at 9pm, the rain had stopped, but we stayed wrapped together in the blanket, this time standing up for the show.
I took a few pictures of some odd ones walking around – my husband saw them later getting photos with the band, out of their makeup and costumes, so apparently they are part of the tour…
This is the “Town Crier,” an official position in English towns still in existence today – not some guy dressed in a costume just for this show. He dresses in this getup every time there is some sort of significant event in the life of a town and rings that bell to announce things (We saw several Town Criers from surrounding towns at the ceremonies last fall when they turned a nearby village into “Royal” Wootten Basset, with Princess Ann in attendance.)
So then came the band. It was such a fun concert because the audience was there to love the band and to sing at the top of their lungs along with the band, and to dance, and jump, smile, and shout. The sound was perfect, too, where it wasn’t overwhelmingly loud (since we were outdoors) but so that you could still hear that everyone was singing along. They did a great job on stage, and everything sounded like we were used to hearing 🙂 They played some new songs, too, which we enjoyed a lot. Here a few good shots my husband got of the band:
Here’s one where you can see the brass instruments and the violin as well 🙂
So that was it for Saturday night. My other “BIG DEAL” musical experience for Monday happened to be going to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theater with Meriwether! It was our first time to see it, and my husband watched the children back at the flat so we could have an enjoyable time. It was a really neat show, and one I would recommend. More pictures on tomorrow’s Tuesday Trip Report, but for now, here we are outside the theater: