Mumford & Sons - SECC, Glasgow, Wed 5 Dec 2012
The nu-folk kingpins prove they can hold their own on a big stage
Early this December T in the Park announced The Killers, Rihanna, Azealia Banks and these guys for next year’s festival, heaping a great deal of expectation on the 20th anniversary shindig. When indie-folk outfit Mumford & Sons were confirmed as headliners, it was met with some bewilderment. It was bound to spark debate amongst the faithful who make the annual Balado pilgrimage – especially the detractors who consider them a bit MOR; even secondhand, given the recent boom in indie folk.
Despite their meteoric rise following album two, Babel, (it hit No 1 in the US and UK, and led to them playing the Grammys with Bob Dylan), it begs the question – can Marcus and co hold their own on the main stage? Tonight’s sold-out show proves more than enough to put the doubting masses at ease. ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘The Cave’ captivate with anthemic singalong choruses and ‘Little Lion Man’ from debut LP Sigh No More whips the crowd into a frenzy. In trademark waistcoasts and cheesecloth, Mumford & Sons put a contemporary spin on a sound that honours their folk roots while making their trad arrangements palatable.