mumford and sons

Last month, it was announced that Mumford and Sons were planning to do an impromptu three date tour of Eastern Canada.
The news followed that they were playing arenas.  Being a fan since “Sigh No More” first came out, I was skeptical but lined up and got my tickets for the Hamilton, Ontario date.
The Toronto date sold out quickly, the Hamilton show was originally only going to be for the lower bowl of the arena but ticket sales were such that the full arena was opened up.  The show quickly sold out and scalpers were out in full force. Last night.
They brought two bands to open for them:  The Apache Relay and Nathaniel Rateliff.  It was obvious that Mumford and Sons invited these two bands because they were fans and not just label mates.  This was evidenced by the fact that various members of Mumford were seen out in the crowd listening and watching the openers.
Can a band with only one album and no arena experience do a big “arena rock” show?  Yes they can!  They used the show as an opportunity to test new material and (in my opinion) it is as strong as “Sigh No More” the audience danced, clapped and cheered along for the new stuff, as much as they did for the singles and album cuts they already know so well.  At times it seems as though the boys from Mumford were overwhelmed with the audience response and sheer size.  They were exceedingly apologetic for some of the rough spots and acknowledged that they felt they didn’t have the material for a large show, even covering Neil Young’s “Dance Dance Dance.”
It’s obvious that they are on the cusp of the next level and are working hard on doing things right while maintaining a quality that is up to their standards.  If they continue to treat their fans as well as I felt treated last night, they will continue their path of greatness.

The Hamilton Spectator’s Review of the Show