Friday, June 12, 2015

Bonnaroo 2015: Bear's Den

The British alt-folk band Bear's Den are still riding high on the wave of their debut record, Islands, released this past October. The band formed in 2012 and that same year, along with The Staves and Ben Howard were a part of the tour highlighted in the Austin To Boston documentary. Islands was released on Communion records, the label founded by Bear's Den member Kevin Jones, along with producer Ian Grimble and Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, with whom Bear's Den have also toured. So the band are no strangers to the spotlight. Yet they still seem humbly in awe of their own success.

Communion sponsored the Bonnaroo Who Stage on Thursday night presenting Little May, Raury and Rubblebucket in addition to Bear's Den. The Who stage is a fraction of the size of the other Bonnaroo stages, but you would never know from the crowd's devotion to Bear's Den. 

Lead vocalist, Andrew Davie thanked the crowd for being there stating the lights were so bright, though, that he couldn't see them. The lights immediately turned towards the crowd and upon seeing the hundreds of people before him exclaimed, "Turn them back! There's so many of you, I'm nervous now! I thought there were only five people there and it was just my family!" 

The way that the audience was clumping respectfully together to sway in unison while singing along to "Above The Clouds of Pompeii"--a song laden with themes of familial connection and loss--was a site any member of the Davies family would be proud to see. 

-Kendall Stewart

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