Mumford & Sons — one of the biggest bands in the world today — drew a sold-out crowd of 25,000 to Holland Park in Surrey last night. This stop in Live Nation’s Concerts in the Park series hosted food trucks, beer gardens, and thousands of dancing and singing fans. In fact the band said that it was the largest headlining gig they have ever played.
Concert-goers starting pouring in when the gates opened at 5:00pm and the area filled up quickly for Mystery Jets followed by Michael Kiwanuka. Several people tried to bring in blankets but they were all confiscated at the door as sitting down in such a crowd could have been hazardous (and very soggy in some places). Some still found a spot to squat over to the sides of the stage where kettle corn and poutine fulfilled the appetites of those who skipped dinner.
By the time Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Ben Lovet of Mumford & Sons hit the stage the park was packed and you could barely see the grass below your feet. Fans were up on their feet, dancing arm-to-arm with friends while singing along at the top of their lungs especially with hits like I Will Wait and Little Lion Man early in the set.
The British group played their hearts out, as you would expect if you’ve seen any of their concert footage before, for close to two hours and gave the crowd warm fuzzy feelings by complimenting our gorgeous city and the good time they have had here. A full moon hung in the sky above by the time the encore was complete and every artist from the night returned to the stage.
By the end of the show it was hard to tell who had bigger smiles, the stomping and clapping fans who were completely elated by the show they had just witnessed or the bandmates on stage. Mumford & Sons are now heading down to the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State then onto Portland, a couple of stops in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado before returning to the UK.
Upcoming Live Nation Concerts in the Park include The Sheepdogs at Malkin Bowl on August 30th followed by Tegan and Sara with Fun. at Ambleside in West Vancouver on August 31st.