The band appeared as secret headliners at a US Folk festival this weekend
The Rhode Island event is taking place this weekend (July 27-29). Last night, Marcus Mumford and co. appeared as secret headliners. During their 15-song set, they performed hits from across their three albums – along with a sprinkling of covers.
Eight tracks in, the band offered up their own take on Radiohead’s ‘All I Need’, with Phoebe Bridgers joining the band onstage to provide backing vocals. The song originally featured on the 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’.
Elsewhere in the set, the London four-piece covered Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’, Maggie Rogers‘ ‘Alaska’ – with Rogers herself appearing onstage – and ‘Kansas City’ by The New Basement Tapes. For the final track, special guest Mavis Staples performed with the band on their version of ‘The Weight’ by The Band.
Meanwhile, it was announced earlier this week that Marcus Mumford will appear on Tom Morello’s upcoming album. The Rage Against The Machine musician will release ‘The Atlas Underground’ on October 12. It will also feature contributions from the likes of Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.
In other news, Marcus Mumford is among the judges for the Mercury Prize 2018 – alongside Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, Mistajam, Lianne La Havas, Jamie Cullum and more.
Mumford & Sons’ last studio album ‘Wilder Mind’ was released in 2015. Last year, the band opened up about the difficulties the electric guitar-driven record caused them.
“A lot of people heard [lead single] ‘Believe’ and started giving the album one-star reviews on iTunes before it had even come out. It was definitely hard for our fans, I think,” bassist Ted Dwane told NME.