Mumford And Sons speak of 'fear' ahead of Glastonbury headline slot

Banjo player Winston Marshall jokes that they will push bassist Ted Dwane on stage 'in a hospital bed with a drip'

Mumford And Sons speak of 'fear' ahead of Glastonbury headline slot

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Mumford and Sons have spoken of their "fear" about headlining Glastonbury tomorrow night (June 30).

Talking to NME backstage at Worthy Farm, banjo player Winston Marshall said that he was "pretty fucking nervous" about their first headline slot at the festival.

Fear. There’s a lot of fear involved. There’s never been any higher expectation for any show. We’re excited and terrified.

Marshall also spoke about what the band intend to play. "We had a rehearsal this week and we’ve got a temporary setlist that we’ll probably do," he continued. "We’re like: 'We should do this! We should do this!' but if we fuck with it too much and take too many risks, it could backfire. And I heard that the Arctic Monkeys set yesterday was a hit-fest – it was amazing. We've only got two records' worth though, so taking risks is dangerous."

Marshall hinted that audience members can expect something special. "We've got a good, a fun idea… there will be one special thing at least. If not, two." When asked if this would include a special guest, he replied, "Yes," but wouldn’t disclose who it would be.

Marshall also spoke about bassist Ted Dwane, who had brain surgery for a blood clot, which led to the group being forced to cancel a string of US dates. "Ted’s doing really well," he revealed. "It’s been very scary – not to get too soppy – but it’s been a pretty emotional couple of weeks. We were on tour, and he was complaining about having a headache for about 10 days – but he played it down. He’s one of those guys who’s just very low-key and didn’t really grumble much."

He continued: "He had a MRI scan and found out that a blood vessel had burst in his brain, which he got from head-banging during a gig. It was fucking scary. And we had to cancel some really big shows. Bonnaroo and Telluride are two festivals in America which are as important to us as Glasto. Those two festivals really embraced us in that country. Missing out on those was very emotional."

Joking about how Dwane would fare on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, Marshall added: "I just really wanna push him out tomorrow night in a hospital bed with a drip. I think that’d be amazing. Just to really milk the situation. Put two big screws in his brain…"

Mumford And Sons will headline Glastonbury this weekend along with Arctic Monkeys, who last night (Friday June 28) performed to an enormous crowd at the Pyramid Stage.

Later today, The Rolling Stones will make their debut appearance at Worthy Farm for a headline set on the Pyramid Stage. Up against the Stones are electronic duo Fuck Buttons, who will headline The Park Stage, Hurts on the John Peel Stage and Public Enemy at West Holts.

For all the latest news, blogs and galleries from the festival, check out our Glastonbury page.

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