Mumford and Sons, hot off headlining Bonnaroo, crossed the border into the quaint, quiet town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, to play an epic show at historic Butler’s Barracks. It was a magical night. Over 25,000 people piled into this outdoor venue from both sides of the border.
The opening acts, Son Little and The Maccabees, generously warmed up the crowd while they waited for Mumford to arrive. Everyone was full of anxious energy and as the lights dimmed to signal Mumford’s entrance, the crowd exploded and the moment everyone had been waiting for was finally here. As you could imagine, for that one moment, the screams of the crowd were even louder than the falls. They showed the 25,000 cheering fans what they do best…play music.
The set list was a perfect mix of popular oldies and new obsessions. They started their set off with a bang playing a crowd favourite, “I Will Wait“. It got the masses on their feet, singing and dancing along. Their live show is an experience like no other but seeing them play a venue like this is an event surely no one there will ever forget. Surrounded by trees, there are no sounds of the city to drown out the perfection that is their incredible performance.
The day of their arrival, as if by happenstance, it was announced that Wilder Mind had went Platinum in Canada. On the heels of this news, the whole show felt like a giant celebration and the band was sure to express their love and gratitude for all their Canadian fans throughout the show. Their words, albeit brief, were heartfelt and meaningful and meet with cheers from an already exuberant crowd. “We all came to Niagara for a F@%#ing party!” yelled Marcus at one point during the set. And party we did.
They finished the show off with a favourite off the new album, “The Wolf”. As the show came to a close, they bid a bittersweet adieu to their throngs of fans who were cheering their name, long after the lights had gone down. As everyone started to pile out of the venue, this sleepy little village began to return to its original state but everyone leaving in their cars, buses and trains would assuredly be talking about this night for years to come.