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Mumford & Sons, Catfish and the Bottlemen rock Phoenix stage

Photo by Camden Andl ’19 | Mumford and Sons performed at Ak-Chin Pavilion Oct. 5

By Camden Andl ’19

British bands Mumford & Sons and Catfish and the Bottlemen performed Oct. 5 at Ak Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.

Catfish and the Bottlemen, an indie rock band that formed in Wales in 2007 began gaining popularity in the United States after winning a BRIT, British Record Industry Trusts, award for British Breakthrough Act in February.

In 2013, they were signed by Ben Lovett, who is the keyboardist for Mumford & Sons and the owner of Communion Records.

Mumford and Sons announced their Austin 500 tour featuring Catfish and the Bottlemen in early June of this year, and started the eight day tour on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Catfish and the Bottlemen opened the Phoenix show with intensity, while members of the audience continued to trickle into the pavilion.

Lead singer, Van McCann, owned the stage, whipping his head back and forth, jumping up and down and interacting with the crowd and his band members.

The Bottlemen played a few songs off of their first Album, “The Balcony,” such as “Cocoon” and “Pacifier” and well as several songs off of their recently released second album, “The Ride,” including “7” and “Soundcheck.”

The band put on an impressive performance and set the stage for Mumford & Sons.

Mumford & Sons, the London-based folk rock band, started their show off by playing “Snake Eyes” off of their newest album “Wilder Mind” followed by “I Will Wait,” one of their most recognized songs.

Lead singer Marcus Mumford brought great energy to Ak Chin’s stage, backed by his band members.

During “Believe,” keyboardist Ben Lovett asked the audience to take out their phones, which gave the audience a chance to interact with the song.

After an unbelievable main set, Mumford & Sons continued with five encore songs including some of their most popular songs, “Little Lion Man” and “The Wolf.”

During the encore, the band played a new song performed only once before called “Blind Leading the Blind,” which led to loud cheers of approval from the audience.

Massive rounds of applause and whistles cheered Mumford & Sons off stage in what was an extremely impressive and energy filled show.