If you’re going to see Mumford and Sons in Pretoria tonight, you are in for a treat. I’ve been a fan of this band since album number one, which if you know me you’ll kinda scratch your head going really? This genre? I absolutely adore them. Album two wasn’t my favourite, no lies but number one is so hauntingly good, timeless, emotive, classic really. Their latest offering, Wilder Mind is different to what most are used to, but it works for me… And clearly 25000 (according to Marcus) at the gig last night.
On stage? Amazing. There is nothing I can fault them on, other than not playing all their songs. They could’ve played for ten hours and I would’ve been happy. At first, I was hanging out at the back… Bad move if you want to be with the dull bunch. I was singing and dancing, as you do at a concert right? Damn but the side eyes I was getting from the two couples standing next to me was so strong. Eventually, I told my friend that we had to ditch this bunch and head forward. Best move ever! We weren’t right up front, but the view was much better, the crowd was epic and the timing in terms of the set list but perfect! My voice is a little hoarse today and I’m going to be nice and tired later on, but it doesn’t matter… The band made up for it.
If I had a ticket for today, I’d go back BUT I’d do things a bit differently. Read this if you’re going, PSA:
– The queues are ridiculously long. So if you’re looking to get drinks or food, rather get there at 3 pm and eat early, get your drinks then too. Don’t waste time in the queue. Organisers, I’m giving you this feedback so that you can avoid such in future. The cashless system, in theory, works nicely… in the real world, it is stupid. We stood in a queue for the bar for forty minutes… That means we missed Beatenberg! We heard them but that was it. The queue mess meant my group split up, with some opting to stay in the queue. It took them, at least, another half an hour to get the drinks and then it was like finding a needle in a haystack because the signal was jammed and it was dark. It also meant that they bought all they could buy on those cards because let’s be frank, who wants to stand in a queue that long? It’s really stupid that you can’t have one drink in your hand like a normal person, but rather you have to walk around with as many as the hands can carry in order to avoid the queues. FYI, this includes water and soft drinks if you’re wondering, just so you know. We didn’t even bother trying to get food
– Parking is a mare. We did the bus thing so nobody had to worry about driving. Responsible all the way. But it meant that we were stuck in the traffic to get out for almost two and a half hours. The band finished just before eleven, I got into bed after 2:30. So if you’re going to the gig and you’re Ubering, walk down to the main road and request your driver down there. If you’re in a bus, message your driver just before the show ends and tell him/ her to drive out the venue and meet on the main road. If you’re driving and you’ve parked in the venue, best you leave before the last song. Trust me on this one. Again I go back to logistics… These organisers knew how many people were coming. Between them and the city of Tshwane officials, there must be a simpler way to ease the congestion.
– Toilet queues are BAD. If you have a weak bladder, you are not going to enjoy this. Stay hydrated yes, but just be aware that the queues are so long. Organisers, have more toilets around the venue and if there were more, your signage needs to be better
– Take a black bag, or a rain coat and not a brollie. They’ll take it away! While singing and dancing in the rain at the end of the show was amazing and we were all in it together, you can get over it. So have this just in case 😉
– Have fun! There were some people who really looked like they had been forced to go to the gig. Do you know how many others didn’t get tickets? Seriously it’s a concert with live music. It’s going to be loud and people are there to jol. If you’re boring, rather watch the boring 8 pm movie on TV.
Mumford & Sons, despite all the queues and long wait to leave, you were everything… Come back!