Jul 10, 2016
Incredible Friday night with Mumford & Sons!
Mumford & Sons were the first headliners of the sold out weekend, bringing their rousing choruses and rustic rock to The Great Oak Stage.
For the first half of their set they donned their signature banjos and acoustic guitars for classics such as “Little Lion Man”, “White Blank Page” and “I WiIl Wait”, which turned into a momentous sing-along. But as they moved into their newer material from their 2015 album “Wilder Mind” the electric guitars came out and the mood shifted to a faster pace, with Marcus jumping into the masses to crowd surf… returning with a ripped shirt for his trouble.
Mumford & Sons brought out special guests Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best, who also played earlier today and featured on their recent EP forged during their South African tour. Their appearance led to uplifting renditions of “There Will Be Time” and “Wona”. Towards the end of their set Mumford jumped off stage and ran to a smaller platform at the back of the crowd for an acapella version of “Sister”. As the sun went down, their visuals came to life and a sea of glow sticks appeared, enhancing the already electric atmosphere and causing one fan to tweet that they were “Mumbelievable!
Opening the day’s music on The Great Oak Stage was Michigan singer BORNS, shortly followed by spellbinding singer songwriter Nick Mulvey and London rockers Wolf Alice, whose high energy set banished grey clouds and left blue skies for the rest of the evening. Alabama Shakes had audiences on their feet with Brittany Howard’s incredible voice and super charged southern blues rock and soul.
Over on the Barclaycard Stage, Mystery Jets played a fantastic set in the sunshine, dropping new tracks and old favourites such as “Telomere” and “Young Love”. The Summer Stage was also heaving, with crowds flocking to to see The Strumbellas and later Rukhsana Merrise, who played an exceptional cover of The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face”.
With the good weather came the stars! Sam Smith was seen partying with Winston Marshall's fiancee Dianna Agron (of Glee fame), while Niall Horan ventured back to the park for his second day of Hyde Park fun. Winnie Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, Zara Martin, Sophie Turner and Shania Twain were also spotted at the festival.
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