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Up to number 87 (out of 1086) after good second weekend; slowly working my way to the top spot!
BENJ FC currently sitting at 285 after week 1. Not exactly a Champions League place but could be worse.
Looking for 1 standing ticket to the gig in Gothenburg, Sweden on 9 May 2016!
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Charlotte, it is a small world isn’t it! A great gig, bring on the UK tour.
Here’s my pretty entertaining story of seeing Mumford & Sons at the Camden Roundhouse for the Apple Music Festival. A lot more drama than my usual Mumford & Sons gigs..
I didn’t win tickets. I entered 4 different draws (Apple, Evening Standard, Beats and yPlan) but heard back from none. Kept up a search on twitter for anyone tweeting things like ‘spare mumford ticket.’ Long story short, a guy called Andrew offers me his guest ticket! Arrive at the Roundhouse around 4pm Sunday. I message Andrew. No reply for half an hour. A small queue forming already for doors at 6pm but I can’t join without ticket holder. Message arrives. He’s not bothered about arriving early and isn’t coming until 7pm! A shame but nothing I can do apart from be grateful I’m actually going. Street food lunch in Camden Town and a drink at the Camden Monarch (the pub run by singer Beans on Toast!).
Back at 7pm and the queue is big but moving quickly. I message Andrew. He’s only just at Paddington station! Eventually he arrives at 7.45, doors were at 6 and Jack Garratt is on at 8, who I don’t want to miss! Andrew is nice and we chat about the band in the queue. 15 mins later we’re inside at the ticket desk. Then comes the heart stopping moment. Andrew turns to me and says “I’ve forgot my photo ID.” My heart drops. After all of this I’m not going to get to see the band at all. Ticket desk are adamant – no photo ID, no entry. Won’t accept bank cards or even Facebook proof. Have never felt as bad as I did in that moment. Then suddenly, he finds a railcard in his wallet!! The whole panic is over as quickly as it started. We’re given our tickets and off we go.
But our tickets are seated balcony tickets – all of the standing tickets had been given to those earlier in the queue and they won’t let us in there! Andrew went up to the balcony (I messaged him later and he had a great night) but I knew I needed to try and get into standing, it was worth a chance to be able to dance. *Disclaimer: I have never been this cheeky in my life… but when it comes to Mumford & Sons I’ll do anything.* I went back to the ticket desk and said to one of the workers that I have a fear of heights (I’m a bad person I know). He said there was nothing he could do and that standing was full. I asked to see the manager who came out and said the same thing. After a couple of minutes waiting at the desk, the manager went into the back and came out with a standing ticket which she swapped for my balcony one! Sorry for the white lie Apple, but it was worth it.
Into the crowd and catch both my favourite Jack Garratt songs, Weathered and Worry. Being on my own it was very easy to weave through spaces in the crowd – by the time Mumford & Sons come on I’m in the middle, four rows from the barrier! Didn’t know that the Roundhouse was so small – a very intimate venue. The band come on and they’re only a few feet in front of me! Snake Eyes as opener – serious rocking out from the boys as ever. The setlist change of Believe as the second song shows that we’re going to hear a lot of Wilder Mind tonight. Brilliant.
A note on the crowd: I’ve seen a lot of people who watched the stream say how ‘poor’ it was. Yes, it wasn’t a crowd made up of die-hard fans, it was ticket winners, but every person was shouting back every word of the older songs, and a lot of people knew the words to the news songs – especially Believe/Wolf/Ditmas. But I’ve watched the stream back and I can see how it doesn’t come across as well, they needed more microphones on the crowd.
The band showed off a tweaked rendition of Monster with horns instead of high vocals, which worked pretty well but makes it a lot less of a mellow song. Marcus mentions being at Reading Festival – a girl shouts woo and I put my hands up and Marcus points at us both! Great feeling. Jack Garratt came out for their cover of Sweet Dreams which was a real treat to see. I’d seen the crew sound checking the acoustic mic before the show so I’d hoped I’d get to see Cold Arms for the first time. So seeing them play it completely off-mic was so special, just a couple of feet in front of me. The crowd was deadly silent and so respectful. But very funny as guitar tech Alex Oakley slammed a door just as Marcus started to play. Ditmas was great fun as always but the venue was way to small and intimate for Marcus to go into the crowd and be mobbed. That’s a move definitley more suited to bigger crowds. I will never, ever tire of hearing The Wolf live, no better feeling that losing control of your body dancing to that song before it’s all over.
I can’t understand why Only Love is barely played considering it’s one of the most upbeat songs on the album? And the lack of spotlights on the band made it very hard to take a picture or even to see them at certain points! No complaints apart from that.
As the show finished I stepped forward to the barrier in the hope of getting a setlist/pick. Two women pointed at me and said something to each other, which confused me at first but I soon realised they had noticed my Aviemore Stopover t-shirt. Nice to know there were some other die-hard fans in the crowd! A group of Spanish girls pretty much screamed at the crew so got most of the setlists/picks between themselves which was a shame. A crew member points at me then throws down one of Ted’s picks to me from the stage but I dropped it over the barrier. A man barges over and gets the security guard to give it to him before I can even ask myself. I try to reason with him but he’s having none of it. Seeing this is unfair, his wife comes over to me and gives me another of Ted’s picks that a guard had given her and I let her know how grateful I was.
And that’s my story! It was amazing to see the band in a venue that small, the size of venue that they would have been playing in around 2009/2010! I was very, very lucky.
That will have been Beans on Toast, an established UK folk singer-songwriter who the band know from back in the London folk scene days. He’s brilliant, I’ve seen him live 9 times!
Here’s the song you’re referring to, ‘The Chicken Song’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oirAiGLXuq0
I ended up accepting the refund and re-ordered it, paying extra for it to be delivered by courier. It arrived the next day. I have the box set!! The saga is over.
The store’s solution… give me a refund and pretend the whole thing never happened.
I then told them I don’t want the refund, I want the item and asked if they could send it by a tracked post.
They said if I wanted that, I had to make another order and pay for it, because it costs extra.
I said that considering I’ve waited 6 weeks for the item, and that they had told me last week that they would refund my postage cost but then didn’t actually refund it, it would be reasonable for them to pay the small extra cost for a courier.
So I’m being refunded my £65 but I’ve lost the £4 I paid for postage. Most importantly, I don’t have a box set.
A week on from the dispatch of the SECOND replacement (3rd set overall) and it has not arrived. I’ve sent another email…
There are no words
Reading Festival 2015
I wrote up my concert story from Reading Festival on Friday.. it’s a bit long, sorry.
We arrived at Reading in the early afternoon with Day tickets. Immediate impressions.. very different from Glastonbury! Almost in the centre of the city and next to no queues. There’s next to nothing to do once you’re in the arena, but we had a look at the small amount of Mumford merch (GOTR and Pegasus t shirts) and grabbed some food and watched bands play on the main stage.
We’d decided to start weaving into the crowd at the end the band All Time Low, who were fourth down the bill. (Very dated, sounded straight out of 2003. Don’t get me started on their derogatory comments about women and girls). Reading’s crazy barrier system makes getting to the front very hard.
Two acts to go before Mumford: Bastille and alt-J. Had decided to miss Bear’s Den in order to get a place at the front for Mumford. Not a Bastille fan but they managed to entertain me for an hour, very unexpected. Huge crush in the next changeover, people being taken out right left and centre. Managed to snake forwards slightly. alt-J were brilliant as always – great hits, great light show, great atmosphere but I was slightly wishing their set away in anticipation for Mumford.
Now two rows back from the barrier between Winston and Ted (in the right hand section) didn’t expect to be this far forward considering Reading’s notorious lively crowds. Good sing along tunes over the speakers as we wait – Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine, even Bear’s Den’s cover of Hold On We’re Going Home! Finally, the band come on looking elated but slightly bemused. My first thought: “Interesting hat choice Ben..”
The next 1 hour 45 minutes was a whirlwind. Snake Eyes into I Will Wait as expected, the crowd jumping for every song. Then.. Little Lion Man?? Very unexpected setlist change but another excuse to jump around for another song and moved a row forward. 5 songs in and the girl in front of me had filmed every song on her camera. Time to say something. “Excuse me, I can’t see as well when you hold your camera up. You know this is being filmed for television?” Her reply “You can go in front of me”. So we moved forward, now one row back from the barrier with a perfect view, and she continued to film every song behind us!
Setlist very similar to Aviemore but the changed meant the songs didn’t flow quite as well.. but who cares when you’re dancing? Believe looks amazing with the massive crowd holding up lights. When Marcus takes to the drums for Lover of the Light, a Plymouth Argyle flag is draped over the kit as punishment for losing a football bet with Woody from Bastille. Thistle & Weeds is more intense than I’ve ever seen it. Usual stage chat. “We came for a party” “Nick or Dave?” “How are you doing at the back” but hilarity ensues when Marcus notices a guy in the crowd holding up a Pineapple. Rest of the set flies by. Broad-Shouldered beasts falls flat with the Reading crowd but one dud out of 18 isn’t bad.
Ditmas. DITMAS. Marcus gets into the crowd a metre along the barrier from us and immediately disappears. He then rises, crowd surfing over our heads as he sings. He feels very, very sweaty as we hold him aloft.
The two-song encore feels a bit short without LLM, but decide to embrace the Reading way for The Wolf and jump as hard and fast as we can, everyone bashing off of eachother – so much fun to just let go. I will never tire of hearing that song live.
The show finishes and the crowd dissipates. We stick around at the front talking to the security guards hoping for a setlist. One is passed down to a security and I ask a recently befriended guard to go over and ask the guy if I can have it. I politely wave over. The other guard comes back.. “Sorry mate, he’s keeping it for himself! He shouldn’t but there’s nothing I can do!” Gutted, expect to see that on eBay in the next few weeks… But another guard comes over with a guitar pick, gives one to the other group of fans waiting and one to me. It’s Ted’s. Consolation prize!
To wrap this long story up, the whole gig felt special. This was arguably the band’s second most important gig to date, after Glastonbury 2013 and you could tell the band were so excited to headline the world’s biggest rock festival with a real rock album. Though not at all an intimate setting, I don’t think I’ve felt more connected with the band as an audience at any other their other gigs. I’ll never forget it. Time to watch it back on TV!
A week after my replacement Wilder Mind 7″ Collectors Set was dispatched… IT STILL HASN’T ARRIVED.
Disgruntled email sent.
Mumford & Sons will play a private concert for KROQ Radio at The Troubadour in LA today, which I’m sure will be made available on the station or online very soon.
Then the band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel tonight!
12 August. Scotiabank Saddledome, Canada
15 August. Walla Walla Stopover, WA
17 August. The Forum, CA (Night 1)
18 August. The Forum, CA (Night 2)