There’s nothing like seeing one of your favorite artists in a small venue. While the big shows are always a lot of fun, they really can’t compare to the intimate shows where you don’t have to rely on a giant projector screen to see what’s going on.
In 2009, a small crowd at Red House Pizzeria in Austin, Texas, got that intimate experience as they listened to a band perform as part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. They just didn’t realize the band they were listening to was soon-to-be-famous Mumford & Sons.
The now chart-topping group from London formed in 2007 and had a style that was unique, to say the least. At the time, some of the biggest popular songs included “Umbrella” by Rihanna, “Buy U A Drank” by T Pain, and “Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz.
So, the guys of Mumford & Sons were bold to stick to their hybrid bluegrass/rock style.
Thankfully, the guys were true to their unique sound, because it’s what’s helped them stand out, gaining popularity in the last 11 years.
By now, Mumford & Sons have released dozens of singles, toured around the world, and won numerous awards for their music — including a Grammy for Best Album of the Year. So, when a video of a 2009 SXSW concert resurfaced on Reddit in 2018, people went nuts over the fact that the crowd had no idea just how successful the band would become.
In the viral video, Mumford & Sons perform their now-famous song “The Cave.” Their stage is a brick patio surrounded by picnic tables and a fence. Despite the venue’s sub-par acoustics (read: cars driving by), the guys sound amazing. Of course, they don’t look the part of a star-status band. Dressed in T-shirts, casual shorts, and pants, the guys give off more of a college kid vibe. But the audience looks past their appearance and recognizes their talent.
Thanks to Reddit, new comments are piling up on the 9-year-old video. Some people are making jokes about how “someone needs to get this band a record deal” and declaring that they see some “potential” in the guys. Mostly, though, people are commenting about how fascinating it is to see this in hindsight.
If you’re up for some time travel, check out the performance in the video below and share with your friends. Next time you catch a band at a local festival, pay attention — you never know where they could be in nine years!
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