If you haven’t heard of Mumford and Sons yet, you’re probably living in cave somewhere (so you probably can’t read this anyway). If you have then you’ll probably know that they’re an amazing British band with a beautiful sound. They managed to sell out 3 days at the Grand Parade in Cape Town, and I managed to score a ticket on the Friday.
I know that there was a lot of doubt about the location, seeing how many tickets were sold it could have quite easily been a stadium concert, but I’m definitely not complaining. The Grand Parade is such an incredibly beautiful setting for a concert, especially when the opening bands are playing and the sun is setting over Table Mountain – that’s a proper setting for a band like these guys.
The organisers made use of a cashless system, where food and drinks could only be purchased with preloaded cards. Though the system was a nice idea, on our night at least it just didn’t work in practice. Before Mumford had even started the bar queues stretched around the entire arena and we personally took a solid hour to get a round of drinks. This then led to people buying several rounds of drinks at a time to avoid queuing again, which held up the line even more – an endless cycle.
What made up for the queues was the incredible show! The opening bands were great, and Mumford and Sons were incredible. They played a mix of old and new, favourites and a song they had never played live and rounded the entire thing off with a performance with all the other bands together on stage. It made for an epic night, and despite the amount of people it never got too crowded.
Mumford, I don’t think there was any doubt that it was going to disappoint, and you really didn’t. I mean, my friends and I were this close to buying tickets for the Sunday and going all over again. What a show.
Hold me fast, because I’m a hopeless wanderer.
*One last thing, the guys over at Park and Ride have an awesome service for events like this, that we made use of, where you can buy a ticket get on a bus and it will take you to and from the venue – eliminating the need to drink and drive or worry about parking.