On Wednesday October 19th, four-piece folk band Mumford and Sons graced the stage of the Brisbane Riverstage. Accompanied by Willy Mason and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, this was truly one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to (and I’d like to think I’ve been to a fair few). The Riverstage was at capacity, but even with a sold out show the venue was as fantastic as always. One of the best parts of the Riverstage is the fact that no matter where you’re positioned, you can still get an awesome view of the stage.
I didn’t get to see Willy Mason so it was Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros who opened the show for me and they were fantastic. Front man Alex Erbert with his 11 bandmates are perfect together, completely in sync – they even have similar clothes. It’s clear that the whole band has great chemistry and they truly ignite on stage. Erbert’s dance move were ridiculously awesome, jumping around the stage and into the crowd. They sounded fantastic and, as a band who could headline their own show, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros were a brilliant opening act.
Then it was Mumford & Sons’ turn to light up the stage and with their trademark folk sound and beautiful fairy lights, they left the whole crowd starry eyed. I have a soft spot for Simon and Garfunkel so the band’s cover of ‘The Boxer’ was definitely one of the highlights of my night. I never predicted I would hear a rendition of the song featuring a banjo. ‘Little Lion Man’ was always going to be the crowd pleaser, as the song that officially launched the band into stardom.
Though every song was amazing my favourite of the night was a tie between ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Where Are You Now’. Both songs have simplistic lyrics, with emotional intensity that makes any girl (and probably a few guys) swoon. I was definitely one of those girls. ‘I Will Wait’ is more upbeat compared to ‘Where Are You Now’ and had the crowd jumping and dancing with their hands in the air. The latter however, has the most beautiful vocal harmonies and effortlessly created an intimate atmosphere that made me forget about the 8,999 people surrounding me and focus solely on the music.
I remember leaning across to my friend and making a point that the whole crowd knew every song. It’s not often that a band who has only released two studio albums pulls a crowd like that of Bon Jovi or Springsteen, where they know every line. There is literally nothing bad to say about the night Mumford and Sons played at the Riverstage. I can also confess that I now have a new crush – on Country Marshall (yes, that’s his name) AKA the banjo player.
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