On a day when tress were blowing horizontal and there was enough rain to have anyone called Noah legging it to the nearest DIY store for more wood the gloom of the weather was washed away at Sheffield Arena as the Mumford & Sons tour rolled into the Steel City.
Playing to a sell-out crowd, the band took to the stage opening with Snake Eyes and Babel, followed by the legendary Little Lion Man which had the audience going straight away.
With front man Marcus Mumford stating his delight that “we love Yorkshire, you gave us Yorkshire Pudding so how could we not” before going into a bit of football-based research of where the crowd was from, with the obvious boos for anyone from Manchester putting a smile on many faces.
The gig continued with tracks like White Blank Page, Believe, Thistles & Weeds and Ghosts That We Knew.
Unlike many bands, they had a simple but very good and very effective lighting show too which worked well with the music.
One thing many don’t get is that all four of the guys are multi-talented musicians who can switch from guitar, to drums, or keyboards without any effort at all.
As the show progressed through The Cave, Whispers In The Dark to the stunning I Will Wait, which had the audience on their feet in the seated areas and some 12,000 backing singers joining in, you knew it was going to be an evening that would linger in the memory for a long time.
A surprising touch was an excellent cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire, which really went down well after the band had dashed halfway up the arena to the B stage to do Timshel and Cold Arms, announcing Sheffield had blown Nottingham away in terms of a crowd.
The band finished with The Wolf before everyone headed home thinking ‘if you truly love Yorkshire guys, don’t be strangers and come back soon’.