Mumford & Sons: 'Headlining Glastonbury is our biggest ever risk'

'Babel' band admit they are nervous going head-to-head with The Rolling Stones

Mumford & Sons: 'Headlining Glastonbury is our biggest ever risk'

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Mumford and Sons have said they are nervous about headlining this year's Glastonbury Festival the night after The Rolling Stones.

The 'I Will Wait' band will close the 2013 bash on Sunday, June 30 but admitted that they see topping the Pyramid Stage as the biggest risk they have ever taken, and said they worry about competing with The Rolling Stones' legacy.

Frontman Marcus Mumford told Time Out: "It's a really huge deal to headline Glastonbury; we're a young band with only two records behind us. This summer is probably the biggest risk we've ever taken."

Banjo player, Winston Marshall, added: "I've seen The Stones play for three hours and the crowd knew every song. It's what you want in a headline slot at a festival. I'm scared because it feels like a gamble. We don't know if we've earned it yet or not."

However, the group have revealed that they plan on putting on an extra special show for Glastonbury 2013. "Once you're out there, in front of people, I don't think there's any choice than to just give it your all. The day we struggle to enjoy what we do and just get the gig over with we'll quit," said Marshall.

Along with headlining Glastonbury Festival, Mumford and Sons will play their biggest ever headline show at London's Olympic Park on July 6.

The outdoor event, which is the first headline show to take place on the renovated London 2012 Olympic Games site, will also feature Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Haim and newcomers Bear's Den, all of whom were handpicked by the band.

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