By Lauren Lloyd
Taking the Coachella Stage at 8:30pm on Saturday, the festival’s second day, these four men from West London wailed out on their instruments for fifty solid minutes and wowed the crowd. I thought for sure their fingers would be raw and dripping with blood, but they finished sans wounds and maybe just a few broken strings. Band members – Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane – lined up in a row (which seems to be their signature formation) for their performance. All multi-instrumentalists, they switched instruments before almost every song, creating a rightfully longer break in between songs than most bands. Mumford, lead singer/guitarist, changed guitars several times. He hopped behind the drum set for a song or two as well. While the bands’ obvious love for music and passion for performing live shined during their set, Lovett’s permanent giant smile struck me the most. I’ve never seen a man so happy while pounding on a keyboard. Their voices rang through the Coachella Valley, blasting an English folk rock, bluegrass sound rare to the Coachella lineup. The crowd seemed familiar with all songs from their debut album, Sigh No More, but as expected, when they hit the first note of “Little Lion Man,” fans went wild. Watching them perform this song struck a chord in me that drew a couple tears from my severely dry and tired eyes. Mumford & Sons, you sweated your souls out up there, and we were sweating right there with you.