Gang of Youths at BottleRock Festival in Napa on May 26, 2019

Setlist

  1. Fear And Trembling
  2. What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
  3. The Heart Is A Muscle
  4. Keep Me In The Open
  5. Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
  6. Let Me Down Easy
  7. Magnolia
  8. The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows

Additional song:

With A Little Help From My Friends (Gang of Youths on stage during the final song of Mumford & Sons’ set, along with The War And Treaty, too!)

Comments: After a cross-country flight a day earlier, Gang of Youths performs on the final day of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival. The band’s set is similar to what they played over the past few weeks while on tour with Mumford & Sons, but the extra time — they have a full hour today — allows for the inclusion of both “Fear And Trembling” and “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” at the start of the set, and “Keep Me In The Open” in the middle.

Dave dedicates “The Heart Is A Muscle” to his father, as he’s often done since his dad’s death last summer.

It rains on and off throughout the band’s set, including at the moment in “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane” when Dave sings “…approaching a corner with rain and a skid.” He sings a portion of the song while sitting on a speaker near the edge of the stage, telling the song’s story through both words and gestures. It works.

“Let Me Down Easy” begins with a lengthy intro that includes Dave telling the audience that one of his core beliefs in life is that there’s nothing so bad that it can’t be handled by dancing. That leads into his should-be-patented dancing display throughout the song that has the audience cheering and screaming.

During “Magnolia,” Dave scales a couple barricades and ventures out into the general admission section, never missing a beat as he continues to sing.

The rain comes down at its heaviest just as “Deepest Sighs” begins, making for a poignant ending to the hour-long set.

Later in the evening, Dave performed a brief acoustic set for VIP ticket holders; we have more info about that set here.

The day ends with another Mumford & Sons/Gang of Youths joint performance — just like they did throughout M&S’ recent European tour. This time, the cover song of choice was The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” and they were also joined by the duo, The War And Treaty. (video below)

Videos, Photos, etc.

Photo gallery below by Matt McGee of DeepestSighs.com. (This site!)