This Tiny 2009 Mumford & Sons Concert At A Pizza Joint Will Give You Serious Nostalgia.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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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