Mumford & Sons stomp through Austin’s race track
Mumford & Sons stomp through Austin’s race track

Mumford & Sons stomp through Austin’s race track

Mumford & Sons made stops 13 and 14 of their current Summer Stampede Tour at the Austin 360 Ampthitheater.  On both June 8 and 9, 2013, they performed to a sold out audience with opening acts from Michael Kiwanuka and Mystery Jets.  An estimated 14,000 music fans filled the outdoor venue for each of the Saturday and Sunday night performances.

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“We wanted to do something unashamed,” says Ben Lovett. “We’re confident and happy to be where we are as a band — everything that’s happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it’s all been a surprise, it’s all much bigger than what we were prepared for…’

British folk heroes Mumford & Sons use bluegrass and folk instrumentation, such as a banjo, upright bass, mandolin, and piano.  Their songs are played with a rhythmic style based in both alternative rock and folk.  Much of Mumford & Sons‘ lyrical content has a strong literary influence, its debut album name, ‘Sigh No More,’ was derived from William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

It was a stomper of a show.  The Grammy Awards winning quartet, composed of main Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane, lit up the massive crowd from the stroke of 9 pm, and for close to two hours, Mumford & Sons played a lengthy set and made Austin their own public stomping ground.  A show highlight came during their encore, when they performed two acoustics songs to a completely silent crowd.  It is pretty amazing to see such a huge venue so quiet as the quartet performed Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire.’

Openers Mystery Jets, a more rock-driven type of indie folk band, and British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka, are the tour’s openers.  Both bands set the stage nicely for an evening that went without a hitch.  Mumford & Sons is kicking off Austin’s 2013 summer concert season with a bang.

Set list (slightly different each night):

Lovers’ Eyes ~ Babel ~ Roll Away Your Stone ~ Whispers in the Dark ~ White Blank Page ~ I Gave You All ~ Timshel ~ Lover of the Light ~ Thistle & Weeds ~ Ghosts That We Knew ~ Hopeless Wanderer ~ Deep in the Heart of Texas ~ Holland Road ~ Awake My Soul ~ Little Lion Man ~ I Will Wait ~ Dust bowl Dance

Encore:

I’m on Fire (Bruce Springstein Cover) ~ Reminder ~ Winter Winds ~ The Cave

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