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Mumford & Sons - Triumph Live Festival - 18th Sept 2010 (Live Review)

Sunday, 19 September 2010 Written by Jon Stickler
Mumford & Sons - Triumph Live Festival - 18th Sept 2010 (Live Review)

Bluegrass-inspired folksters Mumford & Sons headlined a superb day in Leicestershire yesterday providing the evening's entertainment for 'Triumph Live', a day-long festival celebrating the re-launch of the Triumph Brand into the motorcycling world, 20 years ago.

Bringing their uplifting blend of windswept prairie folk, rock and pop to Mallory Park race circuit, Mumford & Sons, the latest band to haul country and bluegrass into the indie scene, played out a superb set mostly consisting of track from their critically-acclaimed debut album 'Sigh No More'.

Opting for flannel shirts ahead of racing leathers, Mumford & Sons arrive onstage to massive applause. Whether kitted out with skinny-jeans or a racing leather onesie, everyone was anticipating the group who have been hailed as one of the best bands to emerge out of London in recent years.

Bringing a taste of Nashville to Leicestershire, the four-piece kick-off their set with title track from the album 'Sigh No More'. Capturing the audience almost instantly, the couldn’t have asked for a better start in front of a receptive, rain-soaked, crowd.

Energising the crowd, all four band members stamped out their set with pumping renditions of 'Awake My Soul', 'Winter Winds' 'Timshel' and 'Thistle and Weeds'. Announcing that the show was their 30th and final festival of the year, the boys seemed genuinely happy as they swapped instruments like you would swap clothes and joshed with fans throughout the show.

Keeping up the kick-drum fuelled, amped-up bluegrass pace, Mumford and Sons decide to introduce a new song to their set entitled 'Lover of the Light'. Seeing frontman Marcus Mumford deliver vocals from behind a drumkit, the track sounds certain to be a hit although its clear that the crowd, apart from the small group of screaming fans at the barrier, are more familiar with the classic radio-played songs such as 'Lion Man', 'The Cave' and 'Roll Away Your Stone'. Having played a tight set, you could mistake that the group had been playing for ten years rather than just a couple. Never faltering in their confidence and enthusiasm the band finish up an approximate 60-minute set with the passion-filled 'Dust Bowl Dance'.

Mumford & Sons will be now readying themselves for their biggest headline shows to date when the band hit the road next month for a six-date UK tour. Kicking-off in Glasgow on October 1st and closing in London on October 8th, if their autumn jaunt is to be anything like their Triumph Live show, Mumford & Sons have a great week ahead of them.

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