We were absolutely buzzing to see The Lumineers on the first night of their London stopover of their world tour and they didn’t disappoint! As we arrived at the Hammersmith Apollo, the masses were gathering to hear the American trio perform. We grabbed a beer and our seats and prepared ourselves to hear their new album Cleopatra, as well as older tracks such as Ho Hey – still their most recognisable hit to date.
Every song was strong in the hour-long set. Neyla, the backing vocalist and cellist was a stand-out, as were lead vocalist Wesley’s dulcet tones. The evening had a positive and upbeat vibe and it was great to see the audience enjoying it so much and the band themselves, particularly when band member Jeremiah stood and danced on top of his piano!
Expecting them to open or close with Ho Hey, they sandwich it in early on in the set, unexpectedly but with absolute majesty. It is still undisputedly, one of their greatest hits and a huge crowd pleaser, allowing the audience to singalong to each word with familiarity and fondness.
Each track was punchy and short, keeping the audience on their feet. It was also a rollercoaster of emotions, from the sadness of Long Way From Home, which talks about the death of Wesley’s father, and in contrast, the joy when he sang about getting married to his wife in the beautiful The Dead Sea. There are also stunning moments when the band performed Darlene without mics, as well as a fantastic rendition of Bob Dylan’s classic Subterranean Homesick Blues.
Following a wonderful encore of Scotland and Stubborn Love, another hit from the self-titled debut album, we walked away with a smile on our faces and big claims that it was one of the best gigs we have been too, before joining the happy crowds on the tube back home – slightly jealous that a second London audience would be enjoying them the next evening!
Sarah Chambers & Emma Barker