Band will also play an intimate UK tour in June
Mumford & Sons are to stage two festivals this summer and will tour the UK in June.
The folk band, who are currently working on the follow-up to their hugely successful debut album ‘Sigh No More’, will headline large-scale outdoor events in Huddersfield and Galway in June.
The first event will take place at Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park on June 2, with Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, The Correspondents and Nathaniel Rateliff also on the bill.
The second will happen a week later on June 9 at Galway’s Salthill Park, with The Vaccines, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff, Willy Mason and The Correspondents are also booked to play the event.
As well as the festivals, the band will play a small UK tour to roadtest their new material. The dates kick off in Cardiff at St David’s Hall on May 30 and the trek also includes shows in Gateshead, Lowestoft, Folkestone and Bury St Edmonds.
Speaking about the events, the band said: “The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them.”
They continued: “We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”
Mumford & Sons, who played a show for President Barack Obama and David Cameron last month, recently laughed off suggestions that their new album will be “doom-folk”.
The band previously suggested that their latest offering would sound like “Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake”. But speaking to NME, singer Marcus Mumford said the comments had been a “joke”.
He said: “That was a joke to an American journalist who didn’t understand the concept of sarcasm. I called Ted [Dwane, double bassist] and was like, ‘Ted, what have you done? We spent our whole first album trying to avoid being pigeonholed!'”
Mumford & Sons are also booked to play slots at a series of European festivals this summer, including Bilbao BBK, Optimus Alive and Pinkpop. They will also play Rockness Festival in June.
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Mumford & Sons will play:
Cardiff St David’s Hall (May 30)
Folkestone Leas Cliff Pavilion (31)
Huddersfield Greenhead Park (June 2)
Bury St Edmonds The Apex (4)
Lowestoft Marina Theatre (5)
Gateshead Sage Theatre (6)
Galway Salthill Park (9)