Posted in music | tour dates on August 2, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Mumford & Sons at Pier A Park 8/1/2012 (via @coreymanicone)
Mumford at Pier A Park

Mumford & Sons kicked off a monthlong American tour on Wednesday night with an outdoor concert in Hoboken, N.J., providing thrills for more than 15,000 people who crowded into Pier A Park to hear these English folk rockers.

It was the first time a major rock concert had been held in the park, which was built on an old pier near the Path Station and has views of the Manhattan skyline, city officials said. The skyscrapers across the river were bathed in rosy light and a rainbow appeared in the stormy sky just before the band took the stage and launched into "Lover's Eyes," an anthemic song off their long-anticipated second studio album, "Babel," (Glassnote) which is scheduled to be released next month.

"We are very, very happy to be playing our first ever gig in New Jersey," the band's lead singer, Marcus Mumford, said when the cheering for the opening number had died down. "That was quite a sunset." [NY Times}

15,000 people! If there was any doubt, Mumford & Sons are officially huge now. Weird to think they played Cameo just three years ago. The band are playing unconventional venues (and smaller cities) this whole tour (with opener Dawes), it seems to be working out ok for them. Mumford's next stop is Portland, ME on Saturday (8/4).

Also last night, at Williamsburg's Glasslands was Canadian artist Cold Specks whose album is one of this year's Polaris Prize shortlist nominees. If you missed them, Cold Specks were just announced as one of two special guests at tonight's monthly Communion party (8/2) at Union Hall (the series recently relocated from Public Assembly).

As you may know, the Communion is partly run by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett. The second special guest at tonight's show -- which is sold out, by the way (maybe there will be tickets at the door) -- is being kept a mystery. And while you could make guesses on who that might be, we can say that Mumford is definitely NOT it. (And no, we are not "protesting too much.") So don't start freaking out, Mumford fans. Or if you already had started freaking out, you can stop.

Cold Specks tour dates are listed below.

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Cold Specks - 2012 Tour Dates
3 - 5 August 2012- Sappy Fest, Sackville, NB
7 August 2012 - Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
8 August 2012 - The Great Hall, Toronto ON
10 - 12 August 2012 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Fest
15 August 2012 - Barboza, Seattle, WA
16 August 2012 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
17 - 19 August 2012 - Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues
28 August 2012 - Feerien, Brussels, Belgium
31 August 2012 - Electric Picnic, Dublin, Ireland
02 September 2012 - End Of The Road Festival, UK
22 Sept 2012 - Reeperbahnfestival, Hamburg, Germany
23 Sept 2012 - Kantine Berghain, Berlin, Germany
24 Sept 2012 - Studio 672, Cologne, Germany
28 Sept 2012 - Spazio 211, Turin, Italy
30 Sept 2012 - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
01 Oct 2012 - Rotown, Rotterdam, Holland
02 Oct 2012 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
04 Oct 2012 - Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark
05 Oct 2012 - Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
07 Oct 2012 - Les Heures in - D Festival, Liege, Belgium
08 Oct 2012 - Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
10 Oct 2012 - Union Chapel, London
12 Oct 2012 - John Peel Festival of New Music presents Cold Specks Sound and Vision, Norwich
13 Oct 2012 - Kazimer, Liverpool
14 Oct 2012 - Deaf Institute, Manchester
16 Oct 2012 - Open House Festival, Black Box, Belfast
17 Oct 2012 - Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland

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Comments (68)

It was a great show. A big shout-out goes to Dawes for a fantastic opening set!! Way to go!

Posted by Gail | August 2, 2012 1:37 PM

Brilliant performance... Great crowd as well

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:39 PM

Radiohead September 15th,2012 Hoboken Pier.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:40 PM

Mumford & sons! Mumford & sons!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:43 PM

Way oversold! Way too many people for Pier A.

Fake hipsters, everywhere.

Posted by GW | August 2, 2012 1:49 PM

Yuppie Christian bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:50 PM

@1:49, as opposed to your bread and butter "real" hipsters?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:52 PM

"@1:49, as opposed to your bread and butter "real" hipsters?"

HA!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:56 PM

Was this a complete mess?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:57 PM

Mumford & Sons American Heartland Tour 2012

Sponsored by Chik-Fil-A

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:02 PM

@ 1:57

Not like All Points West bad but yeah.

Posted by GW | August 2, 2012 2:06 PM

@ 1:52

Yeah... you sure showed me.

Posted by GW | August 2, 2012 2:08 PM

Actually it isn't the first major rock concert there... The hMAG Music Fest last year was the first.

This year, hMAG Lackawanna Music Festival will be Aug 18th on Pier A from 12pm - 10pm featuring Tokyo Police Club and many more!!

FREE FREE FREE!!!!

www.LackawanaMusicFestival.com
https://www.facebook.com/lackawannamusicfestival
www.hMAG.com

Posted by Kevin | August 2, 2012 2:08 PM

Didn't The Walkmen and Wormburner play there last year?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:10 PM

The morons who dropped 55 bucks for this show were all yuppies, jocks, frat boys etc. Typical losers who think they are all cutting edge now listening to this. Probably also included a few hold overs from the early days who have not yet realized this one trick dog and pony show is stale now.

@1:37 and 1:39, why do you even read this blog? Leave and just go back to spending all your time casually reading Pitchfork to pretend you are current and raving to all your friends about how Terminal 5 is the best fucking venue ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:13 PM

Nice! Big Mum is back!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:16 PM

By the way, this was an extremely easy ticket to get. Took over a day to get "sold out" and casually checking the secondary sites yesterday showed a number of tickets avail for under face. Translation, this show was not a big deal at all. Hopefully this signals the decline of this band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:18 PM

2:10 yes and only about 200 people showed up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:20 PM

"The morons who dropped 55 bucks for this show were all yuppies, jocks, frat boys etc. Typical losers who think they are all cutting edge now listening to this. Probably also included a few hold overs from the early days who have not yet realized this one trick dog and pony show is stale now.

@1:37 and 1:39, why do you even read this blog? Leave and just go back to spending all your time casually reading Pitchfork to pretend you are current and raving to all your friends about how Terminal 5 is the best fucking venue ever."

That's one bitter bastard. I'm guessing you're a Animal Collective fan?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:21 PM

"That's one bitter bastard. I'm guessing you're a Animal Collective fan?"

Or maybe they are someone just very very knowledgable and you are the bitter loser who can't face the reality of your own suckness.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:28 PM

The bros were arm in arm last night. Mumford is for the soccer moms! Congrats!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:31 PM

2:28 is definitely 2:13 refreshing the page every 5 seconds to see if people are replying to his comment. get a fucking life

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:34 PM

They really fucked it up this time. Didn't they, my dear?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:35 PM

And of course 2:34 is 2:21 refreashing to see if his comment was answered. This tool will never realize how sad his life is.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:40 PM

Mumford aint nuthing by a g thing

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:40 PM

1:52- beat me to it. "Fake hipster" is the absolute definition of redundancy. The fact that someone posted a comment with those words was like a gift. Haha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:42 PM

Fake Hipsters, stay out of Williamsburg!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:45 PM

i rather have the yuppies, jocks, frat boys etc. congregate at these shows so they can stay out of my way. i would never go to this shit.

Posted by freddie mercury | August 2, 2012 2:48 PM

Williamsburg has already fallen to the Fake Hipsters, long ago

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:52 PM

is it just me, or has there been a major influx of mega dick heads on this site lately? i mean, the general commentorship on here is terrible, but for fuck's sake. every year another school class lets out, it seems there are countless fucktards on here with nothing better to do than spew garble. kids are really fucking dumb these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:55 PM

2:13 needs to lighten up. Don't worry, your barista job at the mall in Pheonix will soon pay off.. then, you'll be with all the 'real' hipsters in Billyburg!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:57 PM

2:55 - You try to sound really intelligent, like you're better than the rest of us. Then you use a word like "commentorship". Come back after you finish obtaining your degree from the George W. Bush School of Talking Good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 2:59 PM

2:59, you are exactly who i'm talking about. thanks for not letting me down.

Posted by really intelligent sounding guy | August 2, 2012 3:03 PM

"Or maybe they are someone just very very knowledgable and you are the bitter loser who can't face the reality of your own suckness."

Haha, the same person. Too funny. I'm assuming these types of comments come from short bearded mid-30 something guys who never got laid in high school?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 3:41 PM

^Haha, You can bank this is one of the guys described above angry they got called out

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 3:55 PM

You just know that 3:41 was there last night with some of his bros. Wearing his baseball cap backwards, high fiving his boys after every song and tweeting pics saying how cool he is being at this show. They killed it last night right dude?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 4:02 PM

"Great crowd as well" - Thanks 1:39, I was a part of it (with some of my "bros")! This show rocked loud and proud, made me glad I had my plugs. Jocks, hipsters, soccer moms, sausages, trendies, twinks, bears - who cares! Just enjoy the music and have fun! God bless DVR, didn't have to miss any olympics USA USA! and very relieved there was no violence.

Have you noticed, 2:55, that the influx of angry peeps has coincided with this recent uptick in violence at shows? People seem to be getting angrier and angrier...

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 4:08 PM

SILVER PLANE CRUCIFIX AT MAXWELLS WAS BETTER

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 4:11 PM

"You just know that 3:41 was there last night with some of his bros. Wearing his baseball cap backwards, high fiving his boys after every song and tweeting pics saying how cool he is being at this show. They killed it last night right dude?"

I'm 3:41. Have never worn a baseball cap and actually was there by myself (and totally enjoyed the show). It is funny how bitter you are and how you have such a narrow view of people that you draw such simple stereotypical conclusions. Still....I'm assuming you didn't get laid in high school?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 4:30 PM

The Wedding Band is the other special guest tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 4:52 PM

were there blooches selling tickets outside the venue?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:12 PM

if i remember correctly tickets were like 70 bucks

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:20 PM

Tickets were $55 all in. Didn't see a lot of people selling but I could be wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:31 PM

"It is funny how bitter you are and how you have such a narrow view of people that you draw such simple stereotypical conclusions. Still....I'm assuming you didn't get laid in high school?"

You obviously are one of the stupidest people walking.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:39 PM

At this point in time, the discussion over a band like Mumford provides us with a pretty accurate test of whether a person is judging quality of music or cultural fashion.

They are a band that has released one critically acclaimed album in three years. Their popularity has seen a steady incline over those three years. Technically, without regarding a new releases the "music" (notes, rhythm, melody, etc) has not changed since they first played some of the more intimate venues like Mercury Lounge or Musical Hall of Williamsburg. Venues that one could argue are attended by those who are "in tune" or "knowledgable" about "good" music.

Yet after three years and countless albums sold (of the same music being played) we can clearly witness some kind of backlash against the band coming from, lets say someone who reads this blog.

Reading these posts and taking into account the release of only one album we can see that this backlash is rooted in opinions based on "culture" not music. The fact that someone would pass judgment on a band based on stereotypes of the attendees at their concert show little to no musical knowledge at all. In fact making judgements about bands because of their popularity is still a judgement rooted in culture and not music. If you choose not to like a band because a vast majority of people do, your opinion is swayed by a popular opinion.

The point is Mumford and Sons is an unfortunate case of a modest band that released critically acclaimed music but gets bashed by amateur "music" critics because they have amassed a large following. Just know that naysayers on blogs like these are not "Music" critics they are "culture" critics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:46 PM

The Venue was a bit tough to exit, but overall, great view, sound and location to have a concert like this. Hope they have more... maybe next time with real hardcore hipster not all the poser hipsters lol.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:57 PM

^By "culture" critics, do you mean assholes? I agree.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 5:58 PM

Hahaha Yeah they tried to gate off the crowd as they left... People got pissed there was a mini riot

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:05 PM

Nice Venue... Liberty State park has better Manhattan views though

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:29 PM

that's totally not true 5:46 i hated them in 2009 and i still hate them now

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:30 PM

They get bashed because they make fake, cornball wannabe indie wannabe folk music. They're good musicians, I'll grant them that, but their music makes anyone with an ounce of taste cringe.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:33 PM

A lot of negative posts on this blog... I went to last nights show but I want to fit in...

soooo uuuhh... What should I be listening to?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:43 PM

You should have to fill in a segment showing what is currently playing on your iTunes in order to post on this blog

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:52 PM

I'm surprised so many hipsters from Brooklyn were able to make the arduous trek across the Hudson River. All Points West was canceled after only a few years because it was "too hard to get them to cross that River."

Posted by Justin | August 2, 2012 7:50 PM

I totally moshed to "Fucked It Up This Time"

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 7:50 PM

I got Quicksand tickets!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 7:56 PM

What's the new pitchfork?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 7:59 PM

"You should have to fill in a segment showing what is currently playing on your iTunes in order to post on this blog"

Yes and while we're at it, let's also ban people who prefer porterhouse steaks from filet mignon from entering Peter Luger's.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:55 PM

this was for real sponsored by chicken fillet? fucking awesome. good christian boyz. totes.

Posted by Johnny Sacramento | August 3, 2012 8:02 AM

11:55: Now that's making me hungry!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2012 11:10 AM

The creator of life is a F - A - G - G - O - T ! GOD sucks D - I - C - K! Hey Creator of Life Eat A D - I - C - K Up! I heard all the priests like to shove it up the creators A - S - S!

Posted by John Wise | August 3, 2012 11:41 AM

I decided to skip all the in between nonsense and jump from the first to the last comment. So...somewhere in between, we went from "Great show!" to "God is a F - G - G - O - T". Well done as always.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2012 2:33 PM

Did anyone see the mumford and sons article in VICE?

"What Sort Of People Like Mumford and Sons?"

Enough Said.

http://www.vice.com/read/what-sort-of-person-likes-mumford-and-sons-twitter-fans

Posted by Really? | August 3, 2012 2:54 PM

mumford sons yab. Great band.

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