Mumford & Sons play Hoboken Pier A

Mumford & Sons sing “Thistle & Weeds” in Hoboken, NJ

Hung out at the Mumford & Sons concert at Hoboken’s Pier A Park tonight. Was a pretty civil scene, and the “issues” with 15,000 people packed into a corner of a mile square city was to be expected – with just minor incidents.

Luckily – the fan base that these UK musicians have are not the cage-fighting, beer bottle-smashing type (at least not that this reporter witnessed!)

A couple observations:

  • The entire pier smelled like beer (Whoa! That rhymes!) Additionally, complaints abound that they only allowed one beer per patron (no one could have “bought a round” for their friends.) That is annoying. They closed the beer lines at 9pm, so “round buying” probably wouldn’t have been much of a concern.
  • Where in God’s name was the “wine stand?” Some of us don’t drink beer anymore… gosh.
  • To me, a lot of attendees didn’t give two craps about the band. They were just milling aimlessly around. Who would pay $55 to mill around to pay top dollar for Coors Light which tastes like cow piss drained through a dirty sock. Just so you could update your social website to say you were there? Not sure what motivates folks these days…
  • All in all – for those involved: Good job with this event – it was unprecedented and handled quite well for a “rookie” outing. Impressed. However, the quality of the act has a LOT to do with it…

Mumford & Sons – Thistle & Weeds

Here’s one song from the Mumford & Sons concert entitled “Thistle & Weeds” from their album “Sigh No More.”

Also – get ready for Mumford & Sons upcoming album BABEL which gets released next month (and you can pre-order now!)

If you went, hope you enjoyed the show!

Crowds gather for Mumford & Sons in Hoboken

8/1/2012 4:30pm Update:

Swung by to pick up my tickets to the Mumford & Sons show tonight – and crowds were starting to pile in. Looks like it’ll be a nice civilized show indeed. They added dozens of additional porto-potties too – which is a good idea, because once you leave the show – there is no re-admittance!

Hopefully it goes off without a hitch, injury or anything else!

500 Mumford & Sons tickets for sale in Hoboken, NJ

Even though the Mumford & Sons concert in Hoboken is “sold out,” organizers set aside 500 tickets which will be sold over at Tunes record store at 225 Washington Street starting tomorrow morning (July 25) at 10am.

There is a two-ticket maximum per person (at $55 cash only per ticket). So if you count more than 250 people on line – just continue walking. You’re not getting tickets.

Hopefully Pier A Park can withstand the over 5,000 extra tons of weight that will be on top of it on August 1, 2012.

Hoboken Concert by Mumford & Sons on August 1, 2012

Any of you dig UK band Mumford & Sons?

Then God Damn, you should be one of the fans that picked up a few tickets for the sold-out Mumford & Sons Pier A Park Concert in Hoboken, NJ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 starting at 5pm!

Tickets were $55 (now scalping for onwards of $200 a pop) and this will be a great test indeed, because as Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said, “Pier A Park is in danger.” So hopefully thousands of unsuspecting concert-goers don’t get dumped into the Hudson!!!

Here’s a quick video you can enjoy in the meantime (“The Cave”…)

Have fun everyone that attends!

40 Responses

  1. camel2 says:

    How many tickets were sold? Is there an official occupancy limit for pier A?

    • eam144 says:

      someone told me 11,000 were sold.
      [quote comment=”216291″]How many tickets were sold? Is there an official occupancy limit for pier A?[/quote]

      • camel2 says:

        So our Mayor knowingly permitted this after saying the pier is in jeopardy. Hard to believe.[quote comment=”216292″]someone told me 11,000 were sold.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        ………..or to keep in consistency with her craziness, she’ll have the event cancelled the day before[quote comment=”216295″]So our Mayor knowingly permitted this after saying the pier is in jeopardy. Hard to believe.[/quote]

  2. whineanddineinhob says:

    LMAO. And just WHO promoted this concert to start on a Wednesday at 5pm? Do they believe all commuters who purchased tickets will be staying home to grab a seat?

  3. HomeTeam says:

    Interesting start time. Given they don’t have a large backlist of songs, they will probably have two opening bands. I’m guessing that this was clearer with the Stroller Reich to be over by 8 or else we will probably be reading about this being cancelled. I’m sure the local thug cops will have a blast cracking skulls at this event as well.

  4. BklynHobo says:

    Gates opening at 5pm doesn’t mean that’s when it starts. I’m guessing they won’t start playing until 7 at least. I bought a ticket and am looking forward to it, as long as we don’t fall into the water.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      That would be understandable if “gates opening” is written on the tickets. But a start time should be a start time. Every concert I attended had started at the time indicated, unless of course, there were technical problems, or bands were late. I can’t tell you how many times I missed the beginning of opening acts because of unexpected traffic incidents on the turnpike when traveling to the Arts Center and rte 3 for the Meadowlands, regardless of how much time I left in advance the unexpected turned up. Had bad luck I guess.[quote comment=”216298″]Gates opening at 5pm doesn’t mean that’s when it starts. I’m guessing they won’t start playing until 7 at least. I bought a ticket and am looking forward to it, as long as we don’t fall into the water.[/quote]

      • BklynHobo says:

        It said on the site when ordering the tickets “Doors open at 5:00pm”[quote comment=”216299″]That would be understandable if “gates opening” is written on the tickets. But a start time should be a start time. Every concert I attended had started at the time indicated, unless of course, there were technical problems, or bands were late. I can’t tell you how many times I missed the beginning of opening acts because of unexpected traffic incidents on the turnpike when traveling to the Arts Center and rte 3 for the Meadowlands, regardless of how much time I left in advance the unexpected turned up. Had bad luck I guess.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        ah, thanks for the info. Just curious on how the seating arrangements are being made. I know a free concert would have first come first serve seats. Anyone have knowledge on how the seating is being done for the purchased tickets?[quote comment=”216316″]It said on the site when ordering the tickets “Doors open at 5:00pm”[/quote]

      • HomeTeam says:

        Probably completely general admission. There will probably be a line of gates from the soundboard to the stage to create a little separation in the crowd, commonly done for safety reasons. [quote comment=”216325″]ah, thanks for the info. Just curious on how the seating arrangements are being made. I know a free concert would have first come first serve seats. Anyone have knowledge on how the seating is being done for the purchased tickets?[/quote]

      • BklynHobo says:

        Yes all GA, so get there early if you need to be up close to the band. I for one just need to hear them, so I will stay comfortably far from the stage.[quote comment=”216326″]Probably completely general admission. There will probably be a line of gates from the soundboard to the stage to create a little separation in the crowd, commonly done for safety reasons.[/quote]

      • KTManning82 says:

        It said “doors open at 5:00″ on the ticket[quote comment=”216299″]That would be understandable if “gates opening” is written on the tickets. But a start time should be a start time. Every concert I attended had started at the time indicated, unless of course, there were technical problems, or bands were late. I can’t tell you how many times I missed the beginning of opening acts because of unexpected traffic incidents on the turnpike when traveling to the Arts Center and rte 3 for the Meadowlands, regardless of how much time I left in advance the unexpected turned up. Had bad luck I guess.[/quote]

  5. hoboken411 says:

    They have Movies under the Stars that night too (The Muppets).

    http://hoboken411.com/archives/81023

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Something doesn’t sound right with this whole set up. I would imagine both of these entertainment schedules have gone thru the office of Gerry Fallo (cultural affairs) who is usually VERY on top of things and an excellent organizer of events and street fairs. Wouldn’t surprise me to see the movie cancelled for another night since it’s scheduling was made months in advance.[quote comment=”216300″]They have Movies under the Stars that night too (The Muppets).[/quote]

  6. newhobo says:

    Dawes is opening up. I would bet that Dawes will start at about 6 maybe a little earlier. Movies under the stars is scheduled to start at 830. So I would imagine the concert would be over by 8 to give people time to clear out but with that many tickets sold I can’t imagine it being cleared out quickly. It will be a cluster down there that’s for sure.

  7. briank says:

    Wow. I can’t believe the city didn’t do a better job advertising this event to the residents. This is a big name to come to Hoboken. I am a fan and will have to shell out the money on Stub Hub or something. I just wish I knew about it earlier. Hoboken re-names streets for a slow witted baker’s terribly scripted “reality” show but doesn’t do anything to publicize this big event?!

    • newhobo says:

      The concert was just announced Thursday. A day earlier on Dawes site. Tickets went on sale Thursday and sold out quick, no need to advertise. Get the app bandsintown for your phone. You get info the minute dates are announced.[quote comment=”216308″]Wow. I can’t believe the city didn’t do a better job advertising this event to the residents. This is a big name to come to Hoboken. I am a fan and will have to shell out the money on Stub Hub or something. I just wish I knew about it earlier. Hoboken re-names streets for a slow witted baker’s terribly scripted “reality” show but doesn’t do anything to publicize this big event?![/quote]

    • Rosewood Ghosts says:

      I agree. If I wasn’t on the Dawes email list I might not have even heard about this until after it was sold out.[quote comment=”216308″]Wow. I can’t believe the city didn’t do a better job advertising this event to the residents. This is a big name to come to Hoboken. I am a fan and will have to shell out the money on Stub Hub or something. I just wish I knew about it earlier. Hoboken re-names streets for a slow witted baker’s terribly scripted “reality” show but doesn’t do anything to publicize this big event?![/quote]

  8. WashingtonStreeter says:

    It was announced at the most recent movie in the park that the Muppets movie would be rescheduled because of this concert. It is pretty incredible that such a popular band would pick this venue to kick off their North American tour. They didn’t even schedule anything for NYC. I was lucky enough to get my tickets before they sold out. Looking forward to it.

    • john14 says:

      The stroller moms will revolt because of this! 😆 [quote comment=”216310″]It was announced at the most recent movie in the park that the Muppets movie would be rescheduled because of this concert. It is pretty incredible that such a popular band would pick this venue to kick off their North American tour. They didn’t even schedule anything for NYC. I was lucky enough to get my tickets before they sold out. Looking forward to it.[/quote]

  9. YipYap says:

    Seems like a good time to get a boat out on the river and enjoy the concert for free.

  10. Mavrande says:

    This show is probably going to run at least until 10. The pier will be closed at least the day before and the day after for setup and breakdown, probably two days before…usually an outdoor venue you bring in a modular stage on a few tractor trailers, but they’re not going to get any of those on the pier so set up will be a prolonged process. 15000 tickets plus added weight of the stage, the band’s trucks (generators, bathrooms, places for staff to sleep), porta-potties…that’s a lot of weight. I heard something about fireworks, if that’s from land then that’s even less space to fit the 15000 people, if that’s from a barge then expect a security zone where you can’t get too close with a private boat…they’re serving alcohol…

    • bballfreak2110 says:

      And all in the name of earning a measly $30 grand (the City is getting $2 a ticket). Sure, $30K may be a lot to you or I, but for a city like this that pisses money away on everything, that $30K is chump change. Not to mention the pier is going to get trashed, it will be closed to residents for 2 or 3 days at least and they cancelled movie under the stars!!!

      I really hope this does not become a recurring event. In fact, I hope it rains horribly the night before, turning the pier into a swampy mess so that the concert fails and artists don’t bother coming back. I’m usually all for events like this, but not when they stand to ruin one of the nicest perks of living in this city.[quote comment=”216547″]This show is probably going to run at least until 10. The pier will be closed at least the day before and the day after for setup and breakdown, probably two days before…usually an outdoor venue you bring in a modular stage on a few tractor trailers, but they’re not going to get any of those on the pier so set up will be a prolonged process. 15000 tickets plus added weight of the stage, the band’s trucks (generators, bathrooms, places for staff to sleep), porta-potties…that’s a lot of weight. I heard something about fireworks, if that’s from land then that’s even less space to fit the 15000 people, if that’s from a barge then expect a security zone where you can’t get too close with a private boat…they’re serving alcohol…[/quote]

      • willowres says:

        Some people will never be happy…[quote comment=”216549″]And all in the name of earning a measly $30 grand (the City is getting $2 a ticket). Sure, $30K may be a lot to you or I, but for a city like this that pisses money away on everything, that $30K is chump change. Not to mention the pier is going to get trashed, it will be closed to residents for 2 or 3 days at least and they cancelled movie under the stars!!!I really hope this does not become a recurring event. In fact, I hope it rains horribly the night before, turning the pier into a swampy mess so that the concert fails and artists don’t bother coming back. I’m usually all for events like this, but not when they stand to ruin one of the nicest perks of living in this city.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Idiot.[quote comment=”216549″]And all in the name of earning a measly $30 grand (the City is getting $2 a ticket). Sure, $30K may be a lot to you or I, but for a city like this that pisses money away on everything, that $30K is chump change. Not to mention the pier is going to get trashed, it will be closed to residents for 2 or 3 days at least and they cancelled movie under the stars!!!I really hope this does not become a recurring event. In fact, I hope it rains horribly the night before, turning the pier into a swampy mess so that the concert fails and artists don’t bother coming back. I’m usually all for events like this, but not when they stand to ruin one of the nicest perks of living in this city.[/quote]

      • ktbc says:

        Why is bballfreak2110 an “idiot”?? I agree that our city’s most beautiful park will very likely be destroyed. At the very least, the lawn (which is enjoyed by Hobokenites on a daily basis all Spring, Summer, & Fall) will be in ruins. The concert is a nice idea, but there are practical considerations that must not be overlooked when we host an event for 15,000(!!) people. A reasoned cost-benefit analysis is certainly in order.
        [quote comment=”216552″]Idiot.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        My apology to you and bballfreak. Didn’t mean to post to this thread at all. Started to post about the HOboken car accident but realized I was commenting on wrong thread but must have hit “submit” in error. Didn’t think it posted. Sorry[quote comment=”216558″]Why is bballfreak2110 an “idiot”?? I agree that our city’s most beautiful park will very likely be destroyed. At the very least, the lawn (which is enjoyed by Hobokenites on a daily basis all Spring, Summer, & Fall) will be in ruins. The concert is a nice idea, but there are practical considerations that must not be overlooked when we host an event for 15,000(!!) people. A reasoned cost-benefit analysis is certainly in order.[/quote]

      • homeworld says:

        At least that $30k is going for public good. Other than the church, taxpayers aren’t getting any benefit off of the public street that is closed for a week and trashed every year for the St. Ann’s Festival.[quote comment=”216549″]And all in the name of earning a measly $30 grand (the City is getting $2 a ticket). Sure, $30K may be a lot to you or I, but for a city like this that pisses money away on everything, that $30K is chump change. Not to mention the pier is going to get trashed, it will be closed to residents for 2 or 3 days at least and they cancelled movie under the stars!!!I really hope this does not become a recurring event. In fact, I hope it rains horribly the night before, turning the pier into a swampy mess so that the concert fails and artists don’t bother coming back. I’m usually all for events like this, but not when they stand to ruin one of the nicest perks of living in this city.[/quote]

  11. kooky kat says:

    Meanwhile, I can’t take my dog on that grass for fear of getting a ticket (not for the specific intent to go to the bathroom, but you know, maybe roll around a little bit).

    I wouldn’t want to be on the pier that night considering the rest of the Hoboken waterfront is already crumbling into the Hudson. They should have done this at Liberty State Park instead.

  12. Imorific says:

    I am hoping it is a relatively calm but awesome event. I agree city has no idea what value of what an open venue located on NYC skyline is worth. The band producers would have shelled out $5/ ticket without blinking an eye.

    Somehow I think its gonna be one and done so if you are around town, enjoy the show and after party!

  13. mdh742666 says:

    Somebody call the waaaaaaaaambulance! Oh no, our grass will be torn up and look bad for like… um a week after they re-sod it, you trolls. Mumford and Sons are incurring all costs due to the clean-up including, re-sodding the turf. Sorry, Hobokenites… your precious city is MINE tonight and I’m going to kick up as much turf as I can while I’m stomping my feet to that dang sweet music! EAT IT! muahahahaahahaha

  14. LobstaGirl says:

    I bet the Pier will hold up longer than their one hit wonder career.

  15. briank says:

    Great show and a tip of the hat to the organizers. Except for a slow exit, it went off well.
    As for the one hit wonder comment- to each his own- but the new material from the new album sounded great. “Lover of Light” rocked and will be a Mumford live show staple in the future. Well done Mumford and Sons, HPD, volunteer EMS, etc!

  16. Evelyn says:

    Great song and good work with the vIdeo, came out spectacular!

  17. Exvitermini says:

    I agree with Briank whole heartedly. The show was awesome and it was handled very well by they city. I really hope we see some more major acts come through Hoboken soon. It was great being able to walk home after the show and now deal with traffic/mass transit!

    • ktbc says:

      I agree! I had my concerns prior to the show, but I think the city really pulled it off. Was fantastic music, a beautiful venue, and the bars were getting a lot of business. I think it was a success. Was a nice event all around.[quote comment=”216646″]I agree with Briank whole heartedly. The show was awesome and it was handled very well by they city. I really hope we see some more major acts come through Hoboken soon. It was great being able to walk home after the show and now deal with traffic/mass transit![/quote]

  18. pepe_22 says:

    Great show, very well organized! I hope they do more. The fireworks were really nice at the end and the view/sound was awesome. So what if the city only made 30k. I think i saw about 30k worth of parking tickets on the way back to my apartment… and all the bars and local businesses were packed.

    Only complaint is that they could have had people getting rid of garbage much quicker, there were piles of trash on top of the cans outside of the pier.

  19. KTManning82 says:

    This couldn’t be a more true statement

    “To me, a lot of attendees didn’t give two craps about the band. They were just milling aimlessly around. Who would pay $55 to mill around to pay top dollar for Coors Light which tastes like cow piss drained through a dirty sock. Just so you could update your social website to say you were there? Not sure what motivates folks these days…”

    I couldn’t hear the show due to everyone’s conversations. All of the ATMS were down and the credit card machines weren’t working because everyone was on their phones. I couldn’t even get a beer from the half hour long beer line and when the machines were finally up and running again, they closed down the tents.

    Would have been a perfect evening with 5000 less people. They couldn’t handle the bandwidth. Plus all of the people who didn’t really care about the show ruined it for those that actually wanted to hear it. If it was from the old album, it was a sing-a-long, if it was from the new album, people were too rude to pay attention.

  20. BklynHobo says:

    The event was great, I think Pier A is an awesome venue. I hope it attracts some more great bands in the future. My only complaint would be the exit plan. Really poorly planned. They should have just starter removing barriers towards the end of the show at multiple points to allow everyone to flow out. I was in one section that I thought people were going to get trampled until they finally pushed the gates down. All in all though a well organized and successful event! Oh and Mumford& Sons sounded great!

    PS One other small complaint, all the fire works were on the left of the pier, mostly blocked my the trees. They should have had them either right behind the stage or to the right.

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