Artist and audience fuelling each other into a full on Folk Frenzy
Summer Sundae 2010 - Mumford & Sons

Three years ago the world was a very different place. Shirley Bassey had just triumphed over the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, Britney was stumbling around with a shaved head and in a small corner of London the initiators of New Folk were planning their ascent.

Since then, Marcus Mumford has steered his troupe of merry makers past milestone after milestone, and on the final day of Summer Sundae they passed another: headlining their first festival.

Armed with their debut LP, Sigh No More, and a straw-hat full of new tracks, they took to the main stage and wowed an audience giddy on the only day of sunshine they’d witnessed all weekend.

Polite to a tee, and clearly appreciating the attention being languished upon them, they shone: bantering on stage in between tracks and addressing the crowd in a conversational manner. The audience may have grown exponentially in their three short years but you feel like Mumford & Sons are as grounded as ever. Has the UK ever had poster boys of Folk before?

The biggest cheer of the set was for the energetic ‘Little Lion Man’, the most up-tempo and feverish track to reside in Mumford’s whole catalogue - and it wasn’t wasted. The crowd reciprocated and the scene was one to behold: artist and audience fuelling each other into a full on Folk Frenzy. Clash even spied Steve Lamacq stalking out of the hospitality area to sneak a cheeky fag and pay witness to the spectacle.

Mumford & Sons are on the crest of a folk generated wave, garnering success and accolade everywhere they look, and it’s well deserved. Talk of them being at nosebleed altitude for the bill at Glastonbury 2011 is starting to gather pace and after seeing them hold the Summer Sundae crowd in the palm of their hand, we get goosebumps at the very thought of them tackling Worthy Farm.

Words and photo by Sam Ballard

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