Mumford and Sons fans splurge on ‘surprise’ gig in Hackney

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Mumford and Sons play at Oslo
"The gig was fantastic" (Photo: Gabriel Samuels)

Mumford and Sons fans coughed up as much as £150 for a ticket for their hour-long ‘surprise’ gig in Hackney. The band whipped up a fan frenzy last night as they unleashed their new album at a surprise gig in Hackney Central.

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Queues stretched around the block and down onto the platform at Hackney Central Station as fans clamoured to see the boys perform their first UK concert in two years.

Sold out in 20 seconds

There was outrage as £25 tickets for the gig at Oslo on Amhurst Road, sold out in twenty seconds, with resales being flogged for as much as £150 a pop.

Lucky ticket-holders were ordered to leave phones at the door, while the band tore through the whole of their new LP Wilder Mind during an hour-long set.

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The gig was hurried forward at the last minute to coincide with the world premiere of Mumfords’ new single “Believe” on Radio 1.

The night saw the band debut a new rockier sound, with not a signature banjo in sight.

“People from this area have missed out”

Hackney fan Josh Atkins, who grabbed a last minute ticket said: “The gig was fantastic – it was a confident and different performance and the venue was ideal to debut it.

“The crowd seemed to love every second – there was lots of joking between the band and the crowd. Someone heckled ‘What’s happening with the banjos?’, but it was all for laughs.”

Mumford and Sons play at Oslo
“The gig was fantastic” (Photo: Gabriel Samuels)

Katya Reid, a sour superfan who missed out, said: “It’s stupid, the website said “sold-out” before I could even refresh. It means that people from this area have missed out just because they’re not quick enough, then have to pay huge amounts to get in.”

Oslo, an intimate restaurant and bar with underground club attached, opened in January 2014 and is gaining a reputation for its legendary dance nights.