Video: Watch Gang of Youths join Mumford & Sons to cover The Middle East’s “Blood”

For a lot of Gang of Youths fans, “Blood” is that fantastic cover song that the band did on Triple J’s “Like A Version” series in 2017.

Going forward, it might become that fantastic cover song Gang of Youths did live on stage with Mumford & Sons.

In case you didn’t catch the news on social media, it happened at the end of Thursday’s gig in Lisbon — the first show of Mumford’s Delta Tour, with Gang of Youths as the support act. Gang of Youths had long since finished their opening set, and Mumford & Sons was wrapping things up with what became a 6-song encore.

For the third song of the encore, M&S invited Gang of Youths to return to the stage and together the two bands played a beautiful version of The Middle East’s “Blood.” Here are a couple versions that fans have posted:

Mumford and Sons and Gang Of Youths covering #Blood by The Middle East, #Lisbon #DeltaTour.

Posted by Nidhi Zae on Friday, April 26, 2019

As far as we know, it’s the first time either band has performed the song live in concert. It sounded like they’d done it a hundred times or more — together.

And here’s a cool nugget of info to wrap things up: Way back in 2010, Mumford & Sons did a month-long North American tour in support of its first album. The opening act for all those shows? The Middle East. And during at least one of the shows, Mumford & Sons invited The Middle East to play a song together during their encore. Crazy coincidence, huh?