Mumford & Sons: ‘We won’t close Gentlemen Of The Road gigs’

The band also give more details about the follow-up to 'Sigh No More'

Mumford and Sons have spoken about their decision to stage their own Gentlemen Of The Road outdoor shows this summer and have said that they won’t actually be the last band on at the events.

The folk band, who are currently working on the follow-up to hugely successful debut album ‘Sigh No More’, will stage two events 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 also booked to play the event.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 about the shows, the band revealed that they actually won’t be closing the shows themselves.

Asked about the events, Winston Marshall and Ben Lovett said: “Gentlemen Of The Road isn’t a Mumford & Sons gig. We are playing it, but it’s just as much about the other acts. We’ve put a lot of effort into each act, from the opening bands to bands who play after we play. It doesn’t end with Mumford & Sons.”

The band have also spoken about their work on their second album and revealed they won’t be rushing into releasing it as they are conscious that they’ve “got to live with it for the rest of their lives”.

Asked about the follow-up to ‘Sigh No More’, Lovett said: “Once it’s out, it’s out, it’s something we’ve got to live with for the rest of our lives, so we have to give it due care and attention and we can’t just get it out because it’s been the right amount of time between albums.”

He continued: “I don’t think we’ve been stunted or hit any massive walls, the process has just taken this amount of time. If it is rubbish, and we listen back to it, that’s what we’re going to be thinking about for the rest of our lives, so we’ll just have to scrap it.”

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 Edmunds.

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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 Edmunds The Apex (4)
Lowestoft Marina Theatre (5)
Gateshead Sage Theatre (6)
Galway Salthill Park (9)

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