This month, Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club host Danielle Perry has been pon­der­ing the live ex­pe­ri­ence…

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I had a visit from Mar­cus and Ted from Mum­ford & Sons last week. They popped in to talk about Delta, their lat­est al­bum, which was recorded at Paul Ep­worth’s Church Stu­dios in North Lon­don. The band are about to em­bark on the first leg of their in­ter­na­tional tour in sup­port of the record and they’re fine-tun­ing the show to en­sure it’s both big and bom­bas­tic. Like Ar­cade Fire’s re­cent gigs, these shows will be “in the round” – mean­ing a more im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for all and a guar­an­tee that each per­son in the au­di­ence will get a great view. There’s go­ing to be hy­draulics and all sorts. It’s go­ing to be a blast. The live ex­pe­ri­ence, and what fans ex­pect from it, is chang­ing. While not all bands suit the bells-and-whis­tles ap­proach (at Black Rebel Mo­tor­cy­cle Club gigs, their mu­sic, pres­ence and per­for­mance are the only things needed, in my opin­ion), oth­ers were made for such au­dio and vis­ual spec­tac­u­lars. A case in point is Jon Hop­kins’s re­cent retina-scorch­ing gigs and, by all ac­counts, the lat­est David Byrne shows which seem to have pushed chore­ographed art-pop into a dif­fer­ent strato­sphere al­to­gether. This all costs money, of course, and such big tours need big bud­gets. But I’m keen to see how such am­bi­tious shows will trickle down. Give fo­cused and de­ter­mined artists a chal­lenge and they’ll al­ways rise to it. Af­ter all, it’s the roots of our mu­si­cal cul­ture. Lis­ten to The Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club from 8pm.

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