Mumford & Sons announce details of new album ‘Wilder Mind’, plus UK live date

Band's third album will be released in May

Mumford and Sons have announced details of new album ‘Wilder Mind’.

The band’s third album will be released on May 4 through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records and is preceded by a new single, ‘Believe’, on April 27.

‘Wilder Mind’ was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). A number of the new songs were written at Aaron Dessner of The National’s garage studios in Brooklyn, New York.

Speaking to NME, in an interview you can read in full in this week’s issue (on sale and available digitally from March 4), Ben Lovett of the band confirms “there are no banjos on album three”.

Marcus Mumford verifies this change in musical direction in a statement about the new LP: “Towards the end of the ‘Babel’ tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum. And demoing with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up.”

The ‘Wilder Mind’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Tompkins Square Park’
‘Believe’
‘The Wolf’
‘Wilder Mind’
‘Just Smoke’
‘Monster’
‘Snake Eyes’
‘Broad-Shouldered Beasts’
‘Cold Arms’
‘Ditmas’
‘Only Love’
‘Hot Gate’

Mumford & Sons have also announced the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, including a Stopover in Aviemore, Scotland – the only one in the UK this year.

Joining the band in Scotland will be Ben Howard, Primal Scream, The Maccabees and Honeyblood among others.

The remaining Stopover dates will take place in the USA and will feature performances by Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Dawes and Jenny Lewis. For full line-up details, see below.

Tickets go on sale at 10am local time on the March 6 from www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets.

Gentlemen of the Road presents…The Stopovers

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
June 5-6 – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Waverly, Iowa, USA
June 19-20 – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Aviemore, Scotland, UK
July 31 – August 1 – Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, Primal Scream, The Maccabees, Simian Mobile Disco DJs, Lianne La Havas, Jack Garratt, King Charles, Honeyblood + more TBC

Walla Walla, Washington, USA
August 14-15 – Mumford & Sons, Thee Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Salida, Colorado, USA
August 21-22 – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC