Mumford & Sons are potentially one of the best performers around today that deserve to be seen live.
At least once, if you're lucky enough anyway. Having already released four albums that entered the top five in the Irish chart, as well as two live albums, Mumford & Sons have provided plenty of memorable moments for Irish and international fans alike. Here's a rundown of just five of their best live performances.
If you managed to catch Mumford & Sons at Oxegen back in the day, then congratulations, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. The band played Ireland's biggest music festival at the time both in 2009 and in 2010. Their 2010 appearance also added some extra-special talent in the form of Ireland rugby players Jamie Heaslip, Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe and Cian Healy joining them on stage for their final song of the festival, 'The Cave', to tremendous stomping all-round.
Live from Red Rocks, 2012
For those who don't know, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado is world famous for hosting some of the world's most famous artists. From Stevie Nicks to the Beatles, The Blues Brothers, and our own U2, if you are a big name in music, this is where you want to be playing. Mumford & Sons' performance was quite incredible, and they ended up releasing a live album and full-length DVD from the event. Just look at how the audience is positioned - it's incredible.
BBC Radio 1, 2012
Proving that their trademark banjo-fused stamp can be used on truly anything, the band took to doing a cover version of Alt-J's infectious 'Tessellate' on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge some years ago. Not an easy song to cover by any means, Mumford's version still obtains that sense of urgency and softness that is also apparent in the original.
Phoenix Park, 2013
Fresh from their headlining slot at Glastonbury in 2013, the band headed over to an extremely sunny Dublin for one of the most memorable performances of the Irish summer. After ploughing through songs from their first two albums, 'Sigh No More' and 'Babel', the band came back out to perform 'The Cave' and of course 'Galway Girl' as the encore to end a stellar night in Phoenix Park.
Saturday Night Live, 2019
Late last year, with the release of his newest superhero flick 'Aquaman', Jason Momoa took up hosting duties on 'Saturday Night Live'. Not one for singing though, the actor was joined by none other than Mumford & Sons who appeared as musical guests on the show for the third time. On the 2018 Christmas episode, the band performed 'Guiding Light' and 'Delta' from their newly released fourth studio album.
Mumford & Sons will be joined this summer at Malahide Castle by Dermot Kennedy and Wild Youth. Tickets for Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th are still available at Ticketmaster.ie.