Mumford & Sons Cancel Bonnaroo Appearance

Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwan.

Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwan.

Fans of Mumford & Sons who were hoping to see them headline Bonnaroo’s main stage this weekend are out of luck. The band just announced it is canceling its June 15th appearance at the giant Tennessee festival, along with upcoming dates at Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Kansas’ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from an emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

The band posted this statement on their Facebook page:
Dear friends, It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.

Today, however, also marks the end of our Summer Stampede Tour. We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS. If we could’ve we would’ve, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.

On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can.

Mumford & Sons announced earlier this week that they were scrapping three pre-Bonnaroo shows, citing Dwane’s health. The band has more summer dates planned, including major stops at the U.K.’s Glastonbury and Chicago’s Lollapalooza. It remains unclear who will take Mumford’s Saturday night headlining slot at Bonnaroo.


Published on Sep 9, 2012 by MumfordAndSonsVEVO

The single ‘I Will Wait’ is now available from iTunes :

Pre-order the new album ‘Babel’ released on Sep 24th 2012 at

Video directed by FRED&NICK

New Video: Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait” – American Songwriter

Members of the UK band Munford & Sons

American Songwriter

The wait is almost over for Babel, the new album from British folk phenoms Mumford and Sons.

To tide you over, watch the official live video for lead single “I Will Wait,” which surfaced on YouTube last night at midnight.

Directed by Fred and Nick (Laura Marling, Gentelmen of the Road series), the video was filmed in front of a massive audience at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Morrison, Colorado, a mere two weeks ago, during the band’s first visit to the legendary venue.

“I Will Wait” is now available to download in the US, Canada, and the UK. Babel hits stores in the States September 25. Mumford and Sons have scheduled a CMT Crossroads show with Emmylou Harris, to air September 20.

The single ‘I Will Wait’ is now available from iTunes
Pre-order the new album ‘Babel’ released on Sep 24th 2012 at

Video directed by FRED&NICK

Mumford & Sons Announce New Album: ‘Babel’ Inside the folk-rockers’ second album, due out September 25th

By Rolling Stone

July 16, 2012 2:00 AM ET

Since releasing their sleeper-hit debut LP, Sigh No More, in 2009, Mumford & Sons have barely stopped touring – circling the globe multiple times in three years. “It’s been tough,” says bassist Ted Dwane. “We’re all in relationships in London, and it’s hard to be away from our families. But for us, this is an absolute dream come true.” And the folk rockers are heading right into the next phase: Their second LP, Babel, hits stores on September 25th, and this summer they launch their biggest tour yet.

Mumford & Sons wrote the majority of the LP on their tour bus and during soundchecks over the past two years. “The road has rubbed off into the album,” Dwane says. “It’s full of aliveness.” While they knocked out their first album in just five weeks, they’ve spent a full year and a half recording the follow-up, mostly due to their busy touring schedule. Sigh No More producer Markus Dravs (who has also worked with Coldplay and Arcade Fire) returned for the sessions, joining the band at four different studios throughout its native England. “Being away so much for the last couple of years is inevitably a theme on the record,” Dwane says, “because it’s something that we’ve all shared.”

Photos: Mumford & Sons Take America

Expect heavier emotions this time around. “You might hear a little bit more of a slight flavor of darkness on a couple songs,” Dravs adds. “My Love Don’t Fade Away” and “Ghosts That We Knew,” which the band has been playing live for months, are desperate pleas for companionship in rough times; on “Below My Feet,” frontman Marcus Mumford seems to mourn a loved one, howling, “For all my sweat, my blood runs weak.” And the band rocks harder than ever on “Lover of the Light,” packing the arrangement with horns, distorted banjo and rollicking drums.

But Mumford made sure not to stray too far from the earnest, mostly acoustic approach that made them stars. “The ingredients are very much the same: the four core instruments and a lack of a drummer, which can give it that strange, simple, unique sort of sound,” Dwane says. “I don’t think we were looking to be too crazy and experimental.” Adds Dravs, “The idea was always ‘If it ain’t broke, why fix it?'”

Beginning August 1st in Hoboken, New Jersey, the group will take the new songs on a 15-date summer U.S. tour, including two sold-out gigs at Colorado’s Red Rocks. “The main challenge we’ve faced as a band in the last year is working out how to play these larger audiences and keep it feeling like our show,” says Dwane. “A lot of the time, if you go into an arena, they’re pretty uninspiring. But we try to create an atmosphere.” In between gigs, the bandmates will play four of what they call “Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers” – staging their own outdoor festivals in small cities like Portland, Maine, and Bristol, Tennessee, with friends including Dawes, St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle, plus local food and retailers. “Basically, we wanted to take all of the things we love from the smaller festivals like Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado,” says Dwane. “So many festivals now are just so enterprising, and it’s all about cutting every corner.”

Mumford & Sons are feeling energized now that their singer has recovered from a broken hand sustained in June, which forced them to cancel two U.K. festival dates. “It was bad,” says Dwane. “Everyone was like, ‘Fuck, you know, this is really bad.’ But he’s just about back on top. Looking back at this last few weeks, the spirit is uncrushable. Everyone just mans up. Everyone gets on with it.”

Babel track list:
“Whispers in the Dark”
“I Will Wait”
“Holland Road”
“Ghosts That We Knew”
“Lover of the Light
“Lovers’ Eyes”
“Hopeless Wanderer”
“Broken Crown”
“Below My Feet”
“Not With Haste”

Mumford & Sons U.S. tour dates:
8/1 Hoboken, NJ – Pier A
8/4 Portland, ME – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons and St. Vincent, Dawes, the Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice and Haim
8/6 Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Centre
8/7 Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/9 Portsmouth, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion
8/11 Bristol, Tennessee – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons and Dawes, JEFF the Brotherhood, the Very Best, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Justin Townes Earl and Haim
8/13 Louisville, KY – Louisville Waterfront Park
8/14 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion
8/18 – Dixon, Illinois – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons and Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, the Very Best, Apache Relay and Haim
8/20 Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theatre
8/21 Laramie, WY – Gryphon Theatre
8/22 Magna, UT – The Saltair
8/25 – Monterey, CA – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show with Mumford & Sons and Gogol Bordello, the Very Best, Apache Relay and Haim
8/28 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/29 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/1 Aspen, CO – Aspen Jazz Festival

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Mumford & Sons Announce Summer Tour

By Evan Schlansky June 27th, 2012
American Songwriter

Mumford & Sons will look to reconquer America this summer. The last time they were here, the British Americana band played a three-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium in their spiritual home of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mumford and Sons Battle Nerves At The Ryman

Now the quartet have unveiled their summer tour plans, which include four one-day, Gentlemen of the Road variety shows in Maine, Virginia, Illinois, and California. Tickets go on sale June 29 at all major outlets.

Mumford & Sons also have a new album in the works, slated for a September 24 release date. Check out the new song “Where Are You Now” here.

Mumford & Sons US Tour Dates

August 1 – Hoboken, NJ @ Pier A (No Fee Ticket)

August 4 – Portland, ME @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

August 6 – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center

August 7 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts

August 9 – Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion

August 11 – Bristol, VA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

August 13 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Waterfront Park

August 14 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion

August 18 – Dixon, IL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

August 20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theatre

August 21 – Laramie, WY @ Gryphon Theatre

August 22 – Magna, UT @ The Saltair

August 25 – Monterey, CA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

August 28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

September 1 – Snowmass Village, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival

Mumford and Sons: Second Album Is ‘Black Sabbath Meets Nick Drake’

‘It’s doom folk,’ says bassist Ted Dwane

Mumford & Sons hang backstage and prepares for their set on day two of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Universal City, California. Photo: Joseph Llanes

Mumford & Sons have been nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for “The Cave”), and they’re currently touring the West Coast as part of the radio station holiday show circuit. But the band tells Rolling Stone they’re focusing primarily on finishing the follow-up to 2010’s Sigh No More.

“We’re trying to stay as not stress-y and hectic as we can to write the best record we can,” keyboardist Ben Lovett says.

The record is nearly done, according to bassist Ted Dwane. “[It’s] certainly more mature, I’d say,” he says. “The second record is just a reflection of our mindsets, where we’re all at. It’s doom folk, kind of like Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake.”

Lovett adds, “It’s not like we are just listening to one style from one era. It’s finding the songs that really speak to us and then we discuss them, we share those songs around.”

Among the artists that have spoke to them lately is fellow Brit and Grammy nominee Adele. “There’s a reason why it’s done what it’s done that goes beyond what any marketing campaign can ever do,” Lovett says. “It’s not money – there’s brilliance there in writing a simple song. And it’s great to have that kind of appeal to people again. It’s not so much about the bells and whistles, it’s about the lyric and the melody.”

Dwane points out that the band have always taken a more emotional, as opposed to cerebral, approach to songwriting. “It should come from emotions in your heart, not so much your head,” he says.

The quartet have spent a lot of time this year crafting the next record, which is still unnamed and does not yet have a release date. “We spent a week in Nashville just writing, the four of us, kind of getting together any individual song ideas we had and playing them out. And then we did the same a few weeks ago down in the west country in the U.K.,” Lovett says. “Even though we’re right in the heart of it, even in the studio sometimes doesn’t feel as free as it is just playing together. It’s brilliant.”

The band’s critical and commercial success has certainly influenced the second album, however. “It’s been really affirming because we started out with very humble aspirations. We never thought we’d be commercially viable and we were proved wrong,” Dwane says. “It’s been a really great couple of years for the band and I suppose it has instilled us with confidence.”

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Mumford & Sons Write New Song for Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Mumford & Sons with Birdy

Mumford & Sons with Birdy in the studio. Jonathan Prime ©2012 Disney/Pixar

By Rolling Stone
May 21, 2012 11:30 AM ET

British folk rockers Mumford & Sons have written a new song for Pixar’s upcoming film, Brave. Featuring young U.K. singer Birdy on vocals, Mumford & Sons wrote, arranged and produced “Learn Me Right” for the upcoming film. The song will also appear on the film’s soundtrack.

Brave, a fantasy adventure tale set in ancient Scotland, is set for a June 22nd release. The soundtrack will be available June 19th.

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