Written & Photographed by Danielle Boise
I was vacationing in Vermont when I popped into a little record shop, as I tend to do whenever chance arises. As I was grazed through the endless stacks of CDs, I came across Mumford & Sons’ brand new release Sigh No More. In that moment, I needed to hear more from them, so I purchased the album and never looked back. It was like the universe was shouting at me, wake up, look around and listen to this NOW and I fell madly in love. More than half a dozen years later, my dreams of seeing them perform live came true.
Blake Mills opened for Mumford & Sons at Infinite Energy Center on Monday night. With a bluesy rock undertones he really got the crowd excited, especially when he played I’ll Never Do You Wrong. That just hit the right note with the crowd and left them very happy.
Mumford & Sons brought An Arrow Through The Heartland Tour to Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center for two nights to support their third studio release, Wilder Mind. I, along with a packed house of 13,000 other screaming fans enthralled from start to finish. Not just for the theatrics of dazzling lights or flaring sparks that rained down during their set, but to the brilliant connection the band forged.
For me, seeing them perform Little Lion Man, the song that locked me eternally to them, made my heart skip a beat. Their performance of Believe was truly impactful. Their glorious cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire was spectacular. They gave it their all throughout the 20-song set list.
Then they went to a second stage in the center of the arena. It was just the four band members with rays of white light encasing them. They performed a quiet two song set of Reminder and Cold Arms in a circle surrounding one microphone. It was beautiful to see them share this intimate moment with us. Unfortunately, some rude fans yelled out the random things, like “Go Bulldogs,” both infuriating and embarrassing. After they were done, they ran back up on stage for a four song encore.
There were two pivotal moments of the night. The first was when Marcus jumped off stage and ran through the venue, through the entire second level, while singing Ditmas -without missing a beat or a breath. I’ve only ever seen one other artist do that. It added a whole new level of excitement and everyone was screaming and pawing at him as he ran by, but he never missed a beat. Finally, seeing them play I Will Wait was the pinnacle of the night. It was just so perfect.
I loved when Marcus said to the crowd “You’ve been the best crowd we’ve played to in America in a while, thank you.” It was such an honest connection; we had taken this amazing journey together.
You can find the full photo gallery to An Arrow Through The Heartland Tour here.