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MUMFORD & SONS BRING GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TO VICTORIA PARK

Mumford & Sons bring some of their esteemed friends to delight crowds on the second Saturday of All Points East 2019, with highlights from East Londoner Dizzee Rascal, Texan Leon Bridges, indie-rockers The Vaccines, and all-female trio of sisters The Staves.

Mumford & Sons bring some of their esteemed friends to delight crowds on the second Saturday of All Points East 2019, with highlights from East Londoner Dizzee Rascal, Texan Leon Bridges, indie-rock The Vaccines, and all-female trio of sisters The Staves.

The much-loved, London quartet brought in the crowd pleasers early with a dizzying version of their best loved hits ‘Little Lion Man’, which the audience joyously lapped up.

Later on, The Staves joined them on stage for a rousing version of ‘Beloved’, from their latest and most critically acclaimed album Delta. More old favourites followed, including ‘Lover Of The Light’ from 2012’s breakthrough Babel, before returning to Delta and a moving rendition of ‘Woman’.

The two encores featured artists from the day, with Gretta Ray helping out on vocals for ‘Forever’, a massive version of their biggest hit ‘I Will Wait’, before they brought the house down with a cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends’ enthusiastically sung by the entire Victoria Park crowd.

Dizzee Rascal brought it home to Victoria Park tonight - starting a banging set with a throwback of songs including ‘I Luv U’, ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ and ‘Jus’ a Rascal’ from his first album Boy in da Corner. Later he riled up an already raucous-crowd with the bass-banger ‘Bassline Junkie’, before ending the perfect set, all of the hands in the air, with ‘Holiday’ and ‘Bonkerz’.

Warming up for Dizzee were indie heroes The Vaccines, who strolled on stage to the mighty Queen, echoing Freddie’s flamboyant style with a gold and glittering drum set.

The East Stage also hosted the rising star of country-charred rock with a killer set of pipes Jade Bird, whose self-titled acclaimed debut came out earlier this year. Expressing gratitude for her meteoric rise and wearing a powder blue suit, Jade admitted “this is the biggest stage we’ll play this summer, so thank you for watching” and continued the trend for covers today with her take on The Bangles’ ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’.

Indie pop quartet Mosa Wild opened the festival with a flurry of catchy guitar tunes, winning over the crowd with a duo of covers; Waterboys’ ‘Whole Of The Moon’ segueing into The Who’s iconic ‘Baba O’Reilly’.

Meanwhile Leon Bridges got the party started and drew a packed out crowd to the North Stage. He strutted out in double denim (his initials embroidered on the jacket) and a white net top, seizing a gold glittered mic and matching mic stand. People were dancing and throwing their hands up in the air, sending the audience screaming when he sauntered to a far corner of the stage. His dancing got the crowd going - “Can I do some moves? We’re gonna do it the Texas way” , followed aptly by a raucous version of his 2018 single ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’.