CONCERT REVIEW : Unforgettable Night Under the Stars: The Lumineers Take Over Edinburgh Castle 5th July 2023

THE LUMINEERS – EDINBURGH CASTLE 5th July 2023

American folk rockers The Lumineers took their vibrant show to Edinburgh Castle Esplanade on Wednesday 5th July and the Denver based band now widely considered to be one of the world’s best live acts were here to promote their 2022 album ‘Brightside’.

Grammy nominated duo of Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites boosted by numerous multi instrumentalist others gave the sold out show a good number of the 21 hit songs they have enjoyed over the years including ‘Ho Hey’, ‘Stubborn Love’, ‘Ophelia’, ‘Angela and Cleopatra’.

The Lumineers this time around had a catwalk arrangement that went out into the crowd. Quite frankly it was a stroke of genius that really played to their strengths as a band, which became apparent right from the first song as a flowery drum kit, with Jeremiah Fraites at the ready, rose from within the catwalk right in front of me. Even folks who only know The Lumineers for ‘Ho Hey’, and haven’t dived into their underrated back catalogue, will know that they thrive on call-and-response and audience engagement. What better way to do that than being out amongst the crowd? I think it really energised the whole experience for everyone involved. The crowd around me were singing and dancing the whole night long, finding extra fuel in the tank whenever one of the band walked by, and the band themselves were clearly loving every minute of it.

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The combination of the live atmosphere and the extra bandmates at Wesley and Jeremiah’s right hand, really gave some of the new material the kick it needed. The sparser arrangements that so desperately felt like they had something missing could finally be filled out with extra instrumentation and crowd participation. Tracks like ‘Brightside’ and ‘AM Radio’ fit right in amongst old favourites like ‘Cleopatra’ better than I would have expected.

Though The Lumineers had a few more surprises in store than I had initially expected, some things never change: namely a crowd-pleasing set, front-loaded with their biggest hits. And knowing that there’ll always a great night in store, I’d be more than happy seeing the band time and again further on up the road.

Review & Photographs by Stuart Stott

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