live music: MUMFORD & SONS x PIER A – HOBOKEN, NJ x 8.1.12

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Pier A, Hoboken, NJ 8.1.12 – On this steamy night in Hoboken, NJ, over 15,000 rabid Mumford and Sons fans gathered on Pier A for what was to be a very special show. This was the largest crowd to date on the pier. The stage was set up on the end of the pier set against a backdrop of the illuminated New York City skyline.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

The band hit the stage with high energy as Marcus Mumford greeted the screaming crowd mentioning that was their first time playing in NJ. They quietly opened the set with “Lovers Eyes” and eventually built their set up quickly to a fever pitch.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Next up was one of the band’s biggest hits, “Little Lion Man”. The raucous crowd was singing every word.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

More banter from the band ensued before getting into “Roll Away Your Stone”.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

The fourth song of the night was a new tune called “I Will Wait” off their sophomore album entitled “Babel” due out next month.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Hard to believe how quickly this newish band is rising in popularity. While formed in 2007, they only started playing small club gigs since 2008 in support of their EP “Love Your Ground” then later followed by their first LP “Sigh No More” released in 2009. Big things are on the horizon for these folk rockers.

Mumford and Sons. Pier A. Hoboken, NJ. Photos by Joe Russo.

Setlist:

Lovers’ Eyes
Little Lion Man
Roll Away Your Stone
I Will Wait
Whispers in the Dark
White Blank Page
I Gave You All
Timshel
Lover of the Light
Thistle & Weeds
Ghosts That We Knew
Awake My Soul
Dust Bowl Dance

Encore:
New York, New York (Brass Rendition)
Winter Winds
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
The Cave

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