From festivals, to farewell concerts, to a whole new sound, secret shows, world travelling, and yet another surprise sound – it is safe to say Mumford & Sons are a band that do not disappoint.
Months ago, when their Molson Canadian Amphitheatre show was announced and tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, it became clear that Mumford fans are here to stay – and fans are willing to journey with them no matter how many times they reinvent themselves.
On this particular June evening, the sun was setting behind the stage, and fans roared into the Amphitheatre, the excitement level pulsing. For those who missed out on the show, you may ask, “How does a band that has essentially switched from three different genres make a concert flow?” Well, they certainly showed us. Opening the night with the cords of “Snake Eyes” from their newest album, Wilder Mind, released last year, Mumford initially captivated every single heart in the audience– who all immediately rose to their feet. The rest of the show provided for a complete whirlwind of memories from the band’s collection of hits. For those of you concerned about the “loss of the banjo”, say no more. Switching between countless guitars, banjos, and other instruments seems to be the new norm for Mumford. Going all the way back to singles such as “Little Lion Man”, swinging back around through the Babel album, and around again through Wilder Mind, it was nothing short of impressive and exhilarating.
What followed the original hits, was something so extraordinarily special, it was truly one of a kind. After touring South Africa for the past year, the band has recorded a new album with one of Africa’s biggest stars, Baaba Maal. The album, titled Johannesburg, is set to release this week on June 17th. When Baaba Maal took the stage with the band, we were blown away. Mumford & Sons have continuously proved that transformations in music can work for a band; but to record music over a two-night period clear across the world, that experiments with Afro rhythm influences, and then have it introduced to fans in a live setting, was quite something to witness. Baaba Maal’s breathtaking voice, paired with Marcus Mumford’s vocals and the rest of the bands musical talent, mesmerized every single fan gazing back at them.
In case all of this was not enough, Marcus Mumford had to throw in one more surprise. The intricate sounds of their new single “Ditmas” struck, and what else could Mumford do but jump off the stage into the audience? Not only were fans throughout the floor treated at this show, but Marcus Mumford took one huge leap of faith, and walked all the way through the lawn section, while simultaneously singing the entire song. After fans latched on to get one mere touch of Mumford, as he bravely worked his way around them, and even had an audience of his own follow him all the way through the venue, he returned back to the stage safe and sound (with one big sigh and a quick look of disbelief towards his band that he made it through).
Hit singles and encores later, with many thanks to the city of Toronto and the fans that have stuck by the band since the beginning, one truly unique show came to an end. What will Mumford & Sons bring to us next? We will have to wait and find out, but we can count on it being incredible.