Mumford & Sons have announced a string of UK shows, some with a festival feel.
The ‘Gentlemen of the Road Stopover…’ shows are Greenhead Park, Huddlesfield on 2 June (with Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Correspondents)and Salthill Park, Galway with (The Vaccines, Willy Mason, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Correspondents) on 9 June.
The band are no strangers to event organising – Ben Lovett is one of the brains behind promoters and record label Communion.
Mumford & Sons explained: “The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them.
“We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”
30th May – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
31st May – Leas Cliff Pavilion, Folkestone
2nd June – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Huddersfield – Mumford & Sons + Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Correspondents
4th June – The Apex, Bury St Edmonds
5th June – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
6th June – The Sage, Gateshead
9th June – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Galway – Mumford & Sons + The Vaccines, Willy Mason, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Correspondents
Tickets go on pre-sale at 9am on 20th April from gentlemenoftheroad.com. They cost £25.50 except for Huddersfield (£49.50) and Galway (€45).
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