Chances are, you’re familiar with pop folk trio The Lumineers. You may also be familiar with their most famous track Ho Hey, which turned this trio to chart sensations pretty much overnight and is one track that is still widely played on radios across the globe, despite being 4 years old. Other tracks such as Visions of China have featured on famous TV shows such as The Walking Dead and their particular upbeat sound has been found backing several ad campaigns over the past few years.
It is also worth mentioning that two members of the group composed the ever famous music to The Hunger Games’ The Hanging Tree, something that has become a staple for fans of the movie franchise. Yes, it seems that musically, there is nothing that The Lumineers can’t do, so you can imagine the anticipation of a sold out crowd in Newcastle desperate to hear the songs that have brought them so much joy since The Lumineers came to the forefront of the music world a few years ago.
Sleep On The Floor is a strong opener for their 21 strong set, it’s springs to mind a scene from a movie which opens on two loved ones driving along a long and open road with the brightest smiles on their faces. It instantly instills joy into those watching and is followed by the equally as wonderful Ophelia. Surprisingly Ho Hey makes an appearance much sooner in the set than you would expect, while most would think it to come last – what band doesn’t leave their most famous track ’til last nowadays? – it instead comes fourth to the loudest chorus of cheers. Despite it’s fame, it isn’t the best performance of the set, putting Ho Hey fourth in the set works wonders for The Lumineers so they can move on from it and get onto better, more outstanding tracks from their studio efforts.
Darlene offers something not really seen at any other show unless there is a power outage, The Lumineers go partially unplugged for a rendition of Darlene that involves a small Glockenspiel and the need for the crowd to be incredibly quiet. It’s beautiful, to hear their voices be carried throughout the room without the use of a microphone, it’s raw and more intimate and just shows their versatility and talent as performers that they are able to do this so well. It’s certainly the most memorable moment of the set, though so many more come close.
What you find when watching The Lumineers is that, whether you were a fan of the group before the show or not, you will walk out with a newfound appreciation and adoration for them. They’re at a point in their career where they have the fancy spot lights and a simple but fancy light show behind them, but, honestly, take those away and the show would still be just as incredible. The Lumineers do a feel good folk sound very well, even if they’re singing about a more somber subject you can’t help but smile and sway, enjoying every second of it.
Closing in an encore is Long Way From Home and Stubborn Love, the two are worlds apart in terms of performances. The first harbours a sense of melancholy, it’s softer and lacks the backing of a full band to give you a one on one type of performance which is much more personal and heart-wrenching. Stubborn Love, however, is lively, loud and allows The Lumineers to engage in some fan interaction for one last time. The first gives the fans a chance to cool off, recharge before they can release that one last burst of pure effervescent energy, completely ending the show on the highest high.
It has been an awful long time since everyone who has left a performance has had the brightest smile upon their faces, it solidifies just how potent The Lumineers are as truly incredible show-makers and musicians. Until next time, when we’re sure they’ll be boosted to the likes of Arena’s, a truly worthy transition for such a wonderful act.