Mumford & Sons: 'We're not the first band who went to public school'

Band say they enjoy being in America because they're 'classless' there

Mumford & Sons: 'We're not the first band who went to public school'

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Mumford and Sons have said they get frustrated at reverse class snobbery in England.

The band, who headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury before a massive show at London's Olympic Park last month, have told Q that they enjoy being in America because it is less class orientated than in England.

"We're not the first band who went to public school," bassist Ted Dwane said. "I think it's unfair to hammer anyone for anything. Banjo player Winston Marshall added: "Class is a big issue here [in England]. And some people get picked on more than others. I think we probably do. I mean, it doesn't help that we wear waistcoats and tweed the whole time. But there is a reverse snobbiness in England towards that sort of stuff. And I think that's one of the reasons we really enjoy America, 'cos there we're classless."

Shortly before their Glastonbury slot, Dwane had surgery for a blood clot which led to the group being forced to cancel a string of US dates. Speaking about his recovery, Dwane said he has been advised by doctors that the chance of any future complications is low. "The risk factor of anything happening again just drops away in the week or two after it happens," he said.

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