Just found this post sitting in my drafts since July, so figured I should just post it! While in the London, I was fortunate to see so many of my favorites bands including Edward Sharpe & The Magentic Zeros at the Queen Elizabeth Park (the former Olympic Park stadium from 2012). This show was hands down one of the most amazing for a few reasons:
1. Hot sun - It was a very, very rare summer afternoon in London where it was over 60 degrees, it was 85 and sunny that day! Perfect concert weather.
2. Ben Howard played - …amazing. If you’ve never heard him, I highly recommend listening to his songs, particularly on a rainy day.
3. Vampire Weekend!!! I first saw these guys when they were just starting out playing Johnny Brenda’s in Philly. This was back when they were selling their own cds behind a small table after the show, and now they are selling out stadiums. I screamed pretty loud when they sang ‘all the way to the Garden State’ during Walcott. Hey, you can take the girl out of Jersey, but clearly can’t take the Jersey out of the girl.
4. Edward Sharpe & the Magentic Zeros were stellar. Perfect summer afternoon frolicking music. My mom and I met the lead singer Jade a few years ago when we saw them in Philly. She was a bit spacy but very sweet.
5. Mumford. So I really can’t stand songs that are played on the radio over and over and over and over again. I went to this concert to see the previously mentioned bands and had no desire to see the headliner Mumford and Sons. Well seeing them live completely changed my mind and I finally saw what all the hype was about. The put on a fantastic performance and had everyone dancing by the end of the show under strings of fairy lights. They ended with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain with Edward Sharpe on stage. This was a perfect ending, especially since they did a cover of Bruce’s I’m on Fire which I missed!!! Oh summer concerts, best thing ever.