Here's something to bring some cheer to your day - Mumford And Sons have cobbled together a nifty little playlist of tracks by the artists they've hand-picked to play at their festival-sized Gentleman Of The Road Stopover gigs this summer. And they've even compiled us a handy guide to the artists involved, too, giving us their thoughts on the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, The Vaccines, Slow Club and more. Bless 'em.
To find out more about the band's two Gentleman Of The Road shows this summer, which take place at Huddersfield's Greenhead Park and Galway's Salthill Park on June 2 and 9 respectively, click here. And click the SoundCloud player below to start listening to the playlist...
"We have been touring alongside Nathaniel for a couple of years now. He first came on Marcus's radar when Marcus was spending some living in Denver in 2006. He has since gone on to be a dear friend of all of ours, an inspirational songwriter with a voice that tears right through you. Nathaniel creates moments so beautiful and intimate in his songs, and then breaks out into euphoric, relentless rock 'n' roll. It's a magnetic performance not to be missed."
"Michael Kiwinuka has been going from strength to strength since signing to Ben's record label, Communion. He was tipped as the Sound Of 2012 by the BBC, but as an artist he means so much more than polls and charts and competitions and contests. He is simply classic - his songs and how he arranges them, his voice, his demeanour... We are honoured to have him be a part of the Stopovers and cannot wait for his performances."
"To be reunited with our dear friends Slow Club makes today a wonderful day. We have had the good fortune of sharing stages and adventures with Charles and Rebecca since we started touring and we are always pleased to see them. They started out from Sheffield about six years ago and have been folking their way around the world ever since. They will pull you in with their melody rich folk-pop before whispering heartbreak and sultry blues to you so look out, theres much more to this friendly due than meets the eye. "
"The Correspondents have been a firm favourite of ours for a while, and we are most excited to be sharing them with you. Whether it's a pub or a festival main stage, Mr Bruce and Chucks deliver an overwhelmingly powerful set that gets everyone dancing. Marrying 60s jive-swing with everything between dub-step and drum and bass, if the music doesn't get you moving then Mr Bruce's mindblowing moves will."
"We last crossed paths with Zulu Winter in Austin at SXSW festival, where they were weaving their usual magical, intricate indie anthems. Hailing from London, these five lads have seen a lot of the world for a band that's only a year old! They tour hard which only deepens our affection for them and we are quite sure you are about to fall in love too."
"We consider The Vaccines to be, without doubt,the sickest rock'n'roll band touring at the moment. We've been trying to burn their new songs from YoutTube onto a CD like some sort of twisted nutter. In short, we are pretty big fans. Arni, Freddie, Pete and Justin are going to blow your minds."
"We feel incredibly privileged to have Willy Mason for the Stopovers, because we have been huge fans of his since 'Where The Humans Eat' came out a few years back. Mr Willy is a serious sickhead. Is it weird to have a man-crush on him? Short answer... NO (for the long answer, please watch this space). He's one of the great songwriters of our generation. We remember watching the video to his song 'Oxygen' as a young impressionable teenager and thinking: 'If one day I'm half as cool as this guy, then I will definitely be a cool dude". We still live in hope. If you want to be inspired by music again, listen to him immediately, then thank us later."