So back to my description of the concert experience: seven friends and I left Oneonta on Aug. 7 determined to have a great time before we all split up for college and left a few behind for another year at Oneonta High School. Riding four people per car, we jammed to music and made only one pit stop.
At one point, I, bored out of my mind, discovered that Mumford and Sons had just that day released the lead single, “I Will Wait,” for its new album, “Babel,” which is set to be released Sept. 24. We then listened to the song in great anticipation, feeling extremely lucky that we would be going to the concert the day the new song is released, and hoping that Mumford and Sons would play it that night.
After we finally made it to Canandaigua, we stopped at our hotel and dropped our stuff off, only to leave again in hopes to make it to the concert before the huge lines formed.
Once we got back on the road to drive over to Constellation Brands — Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, where the concert was taking place, we realized we should have left much, much earlier. It took us nearly an hour to move from downtown Canandaigua to the campus, and we ended up parking a few miles from the venue and taking a sweaty, overcrowded shuttle bus the rest of the way. We were separated from the other car of our friends in the traffic, but were lucky to find them before the concert began.
My friends and I arrived at the concert and met up with others who’d been saving us space on the lawn after the second opening act had finished its set. We were just in time for Mumford and Sons to play.