Mumford and Sons fans took the band’s latest hit “I Will Wait for You” literally yesterday morning as dozens of fans from all over the country queued up by the West Side Tennis Club early for the folk group’s Queens debut and the first musical performance the stadium has hosted since the 1980s.
“Well, we were going to get here at midnight, but we had to drive from Philly and we didn’t have that kind of time,” said Fatima, the first person in line. “So we got here around 5 a.m. instead and it was worth it. I got a free poster for being first.”
At 10 a.m., seven hours before the stadium doors opened and eight hours before the group would step on stage, spirits were high as fans enjoyed each other’s company, passing the time with some music and small talk.
“The first 200 people get wristbands so that’s really why we’re here so early,” Morgan, a Manhattan resident, said. “It gets you way in the front in the standing area and obviously, since we’re here so early, we are big fans and really want to be as close as possible.”
When the event was first announced, there was much controversy. Many said that Forest Hills Gardens, where the stadium is located, would be filled with delinquent young people who would leave trash in their wake.
But there was none of that going on before the show as the sun shone bright on the fans.
“We’re having a good time,” Kaitlin, a fan from Forest Hills, said. “I’m meeting some cool people and it’s been a blast so far. I can’t wait to see them perform.”
Four officers and several event staffers were also there to ensure everyone was safe and having a good time.
One fan, a music major in college, brought along his new guitar that he was learning to play.
“It’s not like there is anything else to do,” he joked. “Besides, what better place to learn to play a guitar than in line for a concert?”