Folk rock’s The Lumineers made the night brighter when they brought their Brightside World Tour to The Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Not to take anything away from the the band, who were phenomenal, but the stage really set the evening apart from many other concerts. The set up really brought fans closer to the band, with runways down each side and a half circle coming out of the front. The set started with drummer Jeremiah Fraites and singer Wesley Schultz on either side before Schultz took center stage. The rest of the band were in the back on a raised platform. That didn’t last long. The entire band were in the front by the third song, their breakout hit “Ho Hey”, which had everyone in the arena (including this photographer) singing along. The energy levels exuded by the entire band was infectious and the crowd eagerly returned the same level through the two hour set, which concluded in a three song encore.
English singer-songwriter James Bay opened the evening and was just the right choice for The Lumineers as he straddles that line between folk and rock. Playing a very stripped down set compared to the headliner, Bay managed to keep the audience engaged through his 45 minute set, even thanking the crowd for coming early to see him.
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