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Pop-Break Live: Mumford & Sons in Hoboken

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The Venue & The Vibe: Mumford & Sons performed in the Pier A section of Sinatra Park in the iconic city of Hoboken, N.J. The birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra was absolutely electric, with people ranging from the bridge and tunnel posse just returning from work to hipsters of all ages to sweaty, bearded photographers all converging on the majestic ‘Boken waterfront. As the rains moved away from the concert grounds, a beautifully red sky, highlighted by faint rainbows made for the perfect backdrop to this concert, a concert which I believe people will be talking about for years. It’s not everyday one of the biggest bands in the world rolls into the city to perform outdoors. The grassy concert field was jam-packed with thousands — smiles on all faces, Brooklyn beer being drunk, food truck cuisine being consumed ravenously. It was a perfect setting.


The Americana soul band Dawes took the stage prior to Mumford. The band, who’s killed it many a time at ‘Boken’s local concert hall Maxwell’s, really had the crowd going the entire night. Usually with concerts of this size and magnitude, the opening band usually doesn’t get met with a lot of love and/or a lot of people knowing any words to their songs. This was not the case with Dawes. The lyrically rich band had many a concertgoer swaying and singing through their entire set. Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith not only sported some impressive pipes, but this man can really shred too. Dawes made a lot of fans, this writer included, on the show. Definitely a band worth checking out.


We’ve all heard Mumford & Sons before. But have you really listened to the band? I’ve heard the band a million times on terrestrial radio with their hits “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man” but actually watching them and listening to them live is a completely different experience. Maybe it was the thousands of people in attendance, maybe it was because it was the first show of their new tour — whatever the reason may be, Mumford & Sons delivered an absolutely dynamite performance. It was alive, jubilant, played with raucous gusto and heart, it was the perfect show for an outdoor summer concert. And the fans — let’s say the reaction they got made it seem like the Lads from Liverpool were performing during their heyday. How so? Well, standing in the photo pit, I was nearly deafened by the high pitch screams, squeals, professions of love and proposals of marriage before. These women wanted to dedicate their lives to the band. And this love for the band, exuded throughout the crowd. Okay, not everyone wanted to marry the band, but the genuine affection and love the fans have Mumford & Sons radiated throughout the venue and may have inspired the band to play that much harder. And that love spread to me as well — I’ve always enjoyed the band, but having seen them live, throw them into my Top 25 of all-time, I love these guys, I am now a lifelong fan.

Bill Bodkin
Bill Bodkinhttps://thepopbreak.com
Bill Bodkin is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break, and most importantly a husband, and father. Ol' Graybeard writes way too much about wrestling, jam bands, Asbury Park music, HBO shows, and can often be seen under his season DJ alias, DJ Father Christmas. He is the co-host of the Socially Distanced Podcast (w/Al Mannarino) which drops weekly on Apple, Google, Anchor & Spotify. He is the co-host of the monthly podcasts -- Anchored in Asbury, TV Break and Bill vs. The MCU.


  1. Wonderful review but sadly not the same concert I attended last night. I would have gladly paid twice what I did for the 4 tickets I bought and drove 2.5 hours in torrential rains from Philadelphia, to actually have SEEN the stage or HEARD my beloved Mumfords. The venue (breathtaking) was obviously oversold and under staffed and from what I could see/hear from the far removed port-a-potty section, crawling with drunken frat-like girls/boys who had zero interest in being there and apparently don’t grasp the basic premise that you’re at an epic event like last night to LISTEN. The only lyrics I heard all night were “dude, dude”. Hopefully Hoboken will get it right for their next attempt and A-holes who don’t appreciate the music/experience will stay home.

  2. I have to agree with the above assessment. The venue was way oversold and I could get no where near as close as I would have liked. Poor execution by the vendors. I love the band but willl never go to such an overcrowded event like this again. I too drove a distance and was very disappointed.

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