Mumford and Sons visit Atlanta

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English folk rock band Mumford and Sons performed to 22,000 people at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on September 10 as part of “ The Full English” North American Tour. This tour featured Bear’s Den and the Vaccines as opening performing acts.

Opener The Vaccines are an English indie rock band that has drawn comparisons to The Ramones and even The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They formed in 2010 and are on their third album. Bear’s Den is a product of the same London music background, which produced headliner Mumford and Sons. It’s not surprising they were brought along for this tour. They are also an English folk rock band.

After Bear’s Den and The Vaccines finished their opening numbers, Mumford and Sons performed old favorites such as “Little Lion Man” as well as hits from their latest album, Babel, like “Holland Road” and “Awake My Soul.” The full set list consisted of: “Lovers’ Eyes,” “Little Lion Man,” “Whispers in the Dark,” “Below My Feet,” “White Blank Page,” “Timshel,” “I Will Wait,” “Lover of the Light,” “Thistle and Weeds,” “Ghosts That We Knew,” “Holland Road,” “Awake My Soul,” “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Dust Bowl Dance.” An encore also featured a cover of The Beatles’s “Come Together,” which inspired the audience to sing along. They closed with “Babel and The Cave.” Briefly in between a set, one of the artists on stage started to play “Georgia On My Mind,” however the song was not finished.

The concert came not long after their tour was interrupted when bassist Ted Dwayne had to have surgery for a blood clot in his brain. The surgery took place on June 10 and caused performances in New Orleans and Dallas to be rescheduled. Dwayne is reported to have recovered well.

Mumford and Sons is the winner of the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. Their most recent performance took place on September 20 in Bonner Springs, Kansas. No other performances are scheduled on their website.

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