Mumford And Sons to play for David Cameron and Barack Obama at the White House

Band have been officially invited by prime minister to perform alongside John Legend at tonight's (March 14) gig

Mumford And Sons to play for David Cameron and Barack Obama at the White House

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Mumford and Sons will play for David Cameron and Barack Obama at a state dinner at the White House tonight (March 14).

The band have been personally invited to play the gig by prime minister Cameron, while Obama has booked singer John Legend to perform at the bash.

Around 1,000 guests are set to attend the dinner, which is being held in honour of Cameron's visit to the US. According to the Telegraph, celebrities including Richard Branson, actors Damian Lewis and Hugh Bonneville, and world golf number one Rory McIlroy will also be on the guestlist.

Artist Tracy Emin was also believed to have been invited, but could not attend to due a diary clash.

Cameron's music taste has made headlines since he entered the political fray, particularly his apparent love of The Smiths. In 2010, both Morrissey and Johnny Marr attacked Cameron over his fandom, with the former raising concerns over the fact the prime minister "hunts and shoots stags". Meanwhile, Marr commented: "I forbid you to like [The Smiths]".

Meanwhile, Obama's love of music is well-documented – his iPod playlist was published in 2008 and revealed he's a fan of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z, who he's invited to the White House in recent years in an apparent attempt to seal a friendship.

The US president also caused sales of Al Green's soul classic 'Let's Stay Together' to soar by 490 per cent in January after singing a couple of lines from the soul classic at a fundraiser in New York.

Mumford And Sons are also due to attend SXSW in Austin, Texas this Saturday (17), where their documentary film Big Easy Railroad Express is being shown.

Elsewhere, there are also set to be performances from the likes of Jack White, Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen, who will play an intimate show to 200 fans and give the event's keynote speech. Eminem and At The Drive-In are also both rumoured to be performing.

Howler, 2:54 and Big Deal will play NME's own South By Southwest showcase. The event, which also features Chad Valley, Kindness and Tashaki Miyaki on the bill, will take place at the Latitude 30 venue on Friday (16) as part of the British Music Embassy's events at SXSW.

To view the full list of confirmed acts for the festival, head to sxsw.com.

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