Mumford & Sons capped off an incredible Summer with a huge British return show at Reading Festival where they also announced details of a UK/Ireland arena tour for later this year, and as promised, Mumford & Sons will return to the UK later this year for their first tour here since 2012. They head out in November for an eleven date run, hitting the Genting Arena on 30th November.
SEVEN THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO MUMFORD & SONS THIS SUMMER…
1/ Back in June, Mumford & Sons returned to the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester Tennessee to headline an event they hold very close to their hearts. It was a carnival atmosphere that greeted the returning heroes for their first festival of the Summer, and they also managed to capture some behind-the-scenes festival fun for an unpredictably amusing video for The Wolf. Watch it here. Bonnaroo was the first of an incredible thirteen headline festival performances this Summer.
2/ The band arrived back in Europe for some breathtaking headline shows in some equally as breathtaking locations. A capacity crowd in Rome was followed by a performance in Nijmegen, and then two incredible nights in Berlin.
3/ On their travels, Mumford & Sons have made no secret of their love for new music. Hot new bands pepper the line-ups of The Stopovers across the globe, but one particular favourite is British artist, Shura. Their new found love went as far as reimagining her track 2Shy, for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Have a listen here
4/ Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland was the scene of the fifteenth of seventeen Gentlemen Of The Road Stopovers the band has curated and promoted to date, and the band’s first full British live performance since the release of their third album, Wilder Mind. The Stopover line-ups this year have been stellar, including jaw-dropping performances from Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Primal Scream, and The Maccabees.
5/ The band smartly followed that up with two jubilant sold-out dates in LA, joined on stage by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, The Vaccines, and Jack Garratt on the second night, to perform The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams. Watch a fan recording here.
6/ The band also managed to fit in a secret midnight performance at The Troubadour, the scene of their first ever show there back in February 2010. This time it was Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello who joined the band on stage, performing Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost Of Tom Joad to a fortunate few hundred fans. The evening concluded with Mumford & Sons, Tom Morello, Mark Hoppus, and T Bone Burnett covering Blink 182’s What’s My Age Again?
7/ Earlier that week, the band visited the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and appeared in a ‘mockumentary’ alongside Kimmel: Behind The Mumfords. It told the story of the band’s fictional early days as a boy band called Mumtown, back in the '90s, featuring fifth member, Jimmy ‘Mum’ Kimmel.