The Gentlemen Of The Road Tour is a festival known to indie rock fans everywhere. Every year Mumford and Sons holds the GOTR tour and take their festival to small towns to not only raise money for the town but to bring people together for one reason, to enjoy music and all it has to offer. Last week GOTR took over Seaside Heights, NJ a town partially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and iconic for the boardwalk and piers filled with carnival rides, game stands, and some of the best pizza jersey shore has to offer.
The three day festival began Thursday afternoon on the downtown stage where local bands took the stage to start the weekend off. The fans poured in and the beach filled up with tents as the patrons set up their mobile homes for the next three days.
The main stage opened up at 5:00pm Friday night with the four piece pop funk band, The Very Best, and started the weekend with the perfect blend of electronic and pop. Up next was Blake Mills, followed by the Folk-rock band, Dawes. The last act for the night was the incredible, Alabama Shakes. Fronted by Brittany Howard, the Blues rock band took over the festival as soon as the sun went down.
Day two was ahead of us and it started bright and early. Two o’clock came around and the gates opened to the main stage and once everybody poured onto the beach, Little May took the stage. Jeff The Brotherhood and The Maccabees quickly followed. After a quick break, English Indie Rockers, The Vaccines brought the tempo up a bit with there own blend of punk- rock.
Jenny Lewis took the stage playing an incredible set filled with songs from her own solo albums and from her old band, Rilo Kiley. The Flaming Lips came on next and got the crowd roaring and ready to go for the final act of the night, Mumford and Sons. The guys took control of the stage and played a two hour set filled with hit after hit after hit.