October 26, 2012 16:27

'Magic Dragon' and levitating chihuahua to support Mumford & Sons on UK tour

Piff The Magic Dragon to open for band on first leg of Tour of Two Halves

'Magic Dragon' and levitating chihuahua to support Mumford & Sons on UK tour

Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME

Mumford and Sons have confirmed that a they will be supported by Piff The Magic Dragon when they tour the UK next month.

Piff, who is the comic creation of comedian John van der Put, is a magician who dresses as a dragon and describes himself as being "the Greatest Magic performing dragon of all time". He is joined at all live dates by Mr Piffles, the World’s First Levitating Chihuahua™.

Mumford & Sons have invited van der Put to perform with them after first meeting in New York. He played with the band on their Gentlemen of The Road tour in the summer and will be with the group for the theatre leg of their Tour of Two Halves when it kicks off in Torquay on November 21. The dragon is briefly visible on the cover of the band's hugely successful new album 'Babel'.

Writing on their official website, Mumford & Sons spoke about Piff, saying: "We are very pleased to welcome the addition of Piff The Magic Dragon as support on Part One of the UK Tour of Two Halves. The funny, magic man went down such a dream at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover aftershows in the summer that the band have asked him to join the ride for a proper tour."

Mumford & Sons, who released their much-anticipated second album 'Babel' in September, will play 14 dates on the sold-out stint – which includes six theatres and eight arenas, kicking off in Torquay in November 21 and finishing up at London's O2 Arena on December 18.

Mumford and Sons will play:

Torquay Princess Theatre (November 21)
Portsmouth Guildhall (22)
Ipswich Regent Theatre (23)
Dundee Caird Hall (25)
Carlisle Sands Centre (26)
Llandudno Venue Cymru (27)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (December 4)
Glasgow SECC (5)
Birmingham LG Arena (7)
Manchester Arena (10)
London O2 Arena (11)
Cardiff CIA (13)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (15)
Dublin O2 (16)
London O2 (18)


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