London alt-folk trio Bear’s Den take us behind the scenes at Mumford & Sons’ recent one-day festival, Summer Stampede. The band documented their travels from the tiny village of South Thoresby to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where 60,000 people were expected to turn up – check out their photo diary below:
5:30am: Get up – departing from the studio in Lincolnshire where we’ve been recording our next EP.
• 5:31am: Get in – ‘Shakira the Zafira’ our vehicle, tightly packed for her penultimate journey with us from Chapel Studios in South Thoresby (pop. 134) to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (cap. 60 000) [Sadly she’s leaving for greener pastures after this weekend].
• 9:30am: Kev is relieved and ecstatic in equal measure to have made it backstage at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
• 10:00am: Kev and Davie getting comfy in the dressing room
• 11:00am: Line check. Will there be anyone there when we go on stage at 2pm?
• Midday: The gates have opened, and the ‘pigmentally challenged’ seek shelter from the sun and slake their thirst while waiting for the call.
• 2:00 pm: Some people showed up.
• 2:10 pm: Another shot of the jolly, little crowd.
• 2:20 pm: The view from the sound desk
• 4:30 pm: The Summer Stampede featured so many other great artists. Here’s our good friend Ben Howard slaying it with his amazing band.
• 8:00 pm: As the sun sets over the Olympic Park, the inimitable Vampire Weekend wrap up their set, and the anticipation for the day’s main attraction soars to new heights.
• 10:30 pm: And the Mumford lads close the night out in style.
Bear’s Den are touring the UK in November and their Agape EP is out now on Communion Records.