Review: Mumford & Sons Live In South Africa

Earlier this month British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons put on two back-to-back sell-out shows at the Pretoria Monument Amphitheatre. Although the weather was a little uncertain, it didn’t stop the ‘Gentlemen of the Road’ from giving an incredible performance with their phenomenal stage presence and energy.

The supporting acts for the concert were: The Brother Moves On, John Wizards, The Very Best and Beatenberg. Senegalese singer and guitarist, Baaba Maal, performed only a few songs alongside Mumford & Sons during their encore.

Since there were quite the number of supporting acts, one could be sure that after enough (too much in fact) of the day had passed, Mumford & Sons were welcomed to the stage with the greatest applause and got straight to the music. They performed most of their hits, and admittedly managed the transitions between all three of their albums seamlessly. As more of the show progressed, it became clear how these Gentlemen managed to sell-out two shows in record speeds – their shear talent left many astonished. Musically they were well in balance and their frontman Marcus Mumford moved between his instruments smoothly while maintaining the energy throughout. The show ended far too quickly but the Gents were sure not to let anyone go home without a few surprises. For their encore, they brought on stage at least one member from the supporting acts and played – no, jammed – a few songs together. It was obvious that this wasn’t well rehearsed, but apparently this part of their performance was a lot better the following day. Either way, that slight disappointment was quickly forgotten following their strong performance of ‘Little Lion Man’, during which the dreaded rain started. However, this didn’t dampen anyone’s mood, instead the crowd went absolutely mad.

Mumford & Son are ridiculously talented performers who most certainly did not disappoint. Their performance was immaculate with every chord, note and beat on time. We are sure that they will be back, the question is just; can we wait for so long?

Have a look at some of the amazing photos Emma Verster took:

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