Mumford & Sons - San Manuel Amphitheater - 6/2/13 (Including Photos and Setlist)
Mumford & Sons
Credit: Timothy Norris
San Manuel Amphitheater
Last night's Mumford & Sons show seemed as special to the band as to the audience; it demonstrated the massive scale of their popularity, for starters.
See also: Our slideshow of the concert
"This is the most people that have ever come to see our band at one of our own shows," frontman Marcus Mumford said mid-set, looking dazzled as he gazed into the sea of fans assembled to see his band. With a capacity of 65,000, San Manuel is the the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States. Last night -- a Sunday! -- tens of thousands filled the place, from the pit to the grass on the bowl's edge, and took in the English band's spirited roots rock revival.
There was plenty of tailgating and frisbee throwing in the grassy parking lot before the show as fans made Mumford's SoCal tour stop a day long event. The beauty of this band is that they're capable of making music big enough to engage a crowd the size of a mid-level city. Last night, we were all living in Mumfordtown, as the four man act enthusiastically tore through all the hits and then some from their two albums Sigh No More and Babel, the latter the winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for album of the year.
It was a family friendly affair, with kids and their parents singing and dancing along all over the place. The mini-festival, part of Mumford's current Summer Stampede, also featured opening sets by tour mates and fellow Brits the Mystery Jets and Michael Kiwanuka and L.A.'s own Eels. M&S took the stage right after sunset, around 8pm, opening with "Lover's Eyes" from Babel and wasting no time turning the affair into a spirited group singalong, kicked off by the band's gorgeous four part harmonies.
"There are so fucking many of you out there this evening!" Mumford observed early on. "Let's have a party! Put your dancing shoes on."
Credit: Timothy Norris
Along with a three piece string section and a three piece brass section, the group performed hits including "Little Lion Man" and "Lover of the Light." They didn't have to ask those in attendance to clap along or wave their hands in unison -- that happened spontaneously.