Mumford & Sons: ‘We still haven’t watched back our Glastonbury performance’

Frontman also hints at new album before intimate XFM show in aid of War Child at London's Highbury Garage last night (July 18)

Mumford & Sons have still to watch any footage of their Glastonbury headline performance last month (June 30) according to Marcus Mumford.

“I’ll watch it one day,” the frontman told NME at London’s Highbury Garage, where the band last night (July 19) performed a special, intimate set to 600 fans. “It’s one of those life events that feels like it’ll take 20 years to process.”

The band – who closed out the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm – were also keen to dispel rumours they didn’t enjoy their experience at the festival, after keyboard player Ben Lovett told the 60,000-strong hometown crowd at their London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park show the following weekend (July 6): “Were any of you lot at Glastonbury last weekend? It was a very pleasant experience… [but] you guys are loads better than that gig ever was.”

“Glastonbury was very special. But the Olympic Park was a London gig and it was our crowd rather than the Glastonbury crowd. So in a way it felt a bigger achievement,” Lovett told NME. “We travel a lot. So when we come back home to where it all began, it really means a lot to us. But at the same time, we would never take back that Glastonbury show.”

The band played tracks including ‘Little Lion Man’, ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Lover of the Light’ to competition winners at last night’s low-key XFM show in aid of War Child, taking to the centre of the room to perform unplugged versions of ‘Dust Bowl Dance’ and ‘Sigh No More’ as part of their encore. “We always jump at the opportunity when it comes up to do little shows like this. Our format, our band dynamic is so set up for pubs,” Mumford explained.

Mumford & Sons next bring their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Shows festival tour to Lewes on Saturday (July 20) and continue to tour into autumn, but have begun to turn their attentions to writing a follow-up to their Grammy-award winning 2012 album ‘Babel’.

“We’ve started thinking about it,” said Lovett. “We started thinking about it the moment we put the last one to bed. We’ve got Gentleman of the Road then these shows in America, then we’ll start thinking about the next album properly. We’re going to sit on it for a while.”

Mumford & Sons played:

‘Little Lion Man’
‘White Blank Page’
‘I Will Wait’
‘Lover Of The Light’
‘Ghosts That We Knew’
‘Roll Away’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
‘Sigh No More’
‘The Cave’

This report was part of the XFM presents with Ford SYNC series.