When Mumford & Sons discussed the idea of touring South Africa back in early 2015, it struck them as an uncharted, mini adventure. They would announce a handful of gigs and see who showed up. No pressure. 5000 tickets went on sale, 5000 tickets sold out instantly. 85,000 ticket sales later, and the band were embarking on more than a little adventure. Overnight it had become a fully-blown phenomenon.
LIVE FROM SOUTH AFRICA: DUST AND THUNDER chronicles the meeting of South Africa with their long-standing favourites, Mumford & Sons. A British band in huge demand, and a country extremely excited to welcome them. With a coachload of their close musical friends brought along for the ride, this exquisitely shot film captures the tour’s conclusion with two nights in the beautiful Pretorian outback.
Airing new songs from Wilder Mind and the Johannesburg mini-album (a collaboration with Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg) for the first time, and watching the expansive crowds hollering back the old favourites, DUST AND THUNDER gets to the very heart of what makes Mumford & Sons such a special act.
Captured with gusto by award-winning live specialist Dick Carruthers, the result is an exciting and emotional document and a truly spectacular concert film that may well go down as their finest.
Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder is available to purchase on February 3rd2017 in a variety of formats, including deluxe Gentlemen of the Road editions featuring the live film, the full-length documentary detailing the band’s historic trip to South Africa at the beginning of 2016, called We Wrote This Yesterday, and a live CD, all handsomely packaged in a hard-backed book.