Well, it was definitely a Good Friday for about 600 Mumford & Sons fans who grabbed tickets to their show this Easter weekend. After performing last-minute gigs at small venues in London, Berlin, and L.A., the Grammy-winning band announced a surprise show at Lee’s Palace on April 3rd.
Mumford & Sons have sold-out the Air Canada Centre and Molson Amphitheatre on previous tour stops in Toronto, in addition to their own self-curated festival in Simcoe, ON in 2013 — so it was no surprise that tickets to this Good Friday gig sold out in minutes, when they went on sale that morning. Lee’s Palace was forced to keep a security guard at the door all day to turn away those who were unsuccessful in snagging the, much coveted, tickets.
Their, much anticipated, 3rd album ‘Wilder Mind’ is due out May 4th, and though the band strictly played material off of their upcoming release at their secret show, don’t count on recordings surfacing any time soon. At the band’s request, all were asked to check-in their cellphones and cameras at the door. The dedicated fan base, who braved hours in line in the rain to grab a desired spot in the small venue, happily obliged, giving the band their full and complete attention for the 11 song set.
Fans were rewarded with an intimate performance by the British band, who have traded in their banjos for a more anthemic and electric sound. The energetic crowd heartily welcomed the change, with front man Marcus Mumford remarking that, out of all of their past secret shows, the Toronto crowd was “by far the most welcoming.”
The enthusiastic audience attentively listened and danced around to the new material all night, including the anthemic “Broad-Shouldered Beasts and the upbeat and roaring “The Wolf”. The third song of the night was the first officially unveiled album track, “Believe”, to which the audience eagerly and excitedly embraced a massive sing-along. Marcus Mumford dropped his guitar and picked up a tambourine at the climax of the song, leaning off the stage and pleading “Say something, say something… something like you love me” while the passionate crowd belted along with him.
To all the fans who did not scored tickets to this show — don't fret too much. Mumford did promise they’d back to play again in the summer, which is good news for Toronto fans who didn't get to see their favourite band in the intimate club setting.
Wilder Mind is due out on May 4th, and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. On Thursday April 9th, Mumford & Sons will be releasing the album’s second single, “The Wolf”.
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