I heard flashes of this news yesterday – that MUMFORD AND SONS were heading off on a Gentlemen Of The Road adventure, putting on their own festivals around a brief summer tour. More details have been revealed…
They’re pitching up their festival tent at Hudderfield’s Greenhead Park on Saturday, June 2 and are bringing a few bands along for the ride. Nice one!
The Mumfords were a highlight of my Leeds Festival 2010, hearing Winter Winds as the sun set over Bramham Park was pretty great – and I wasn’t really that huge a fan. I just got caught up in the moment.
Joining them at Huddersfield are MICHAEL KIWANUKA, WILLY MASON, NATHANIEL RATELIFF and THE CORRESPONDENTS. That line-up, no matter how cool, doesn’t quite make up a two-stage festival, so hopefully (and very likely) they’ll be adding more names to the bill in the coming weeks.
The other festival at Galway over in Ireland has The Vaccines and Zulu Winter confirmed, so let’s hope they sign on for the Yorkshire leg of the Gentlemen Of The Road festival. That would be sweet.
Here’s was Papa Mumford (that’s his name, yeah?) says about this merry little jaunt:
““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.”
Tickets go on sale next Saturday (April 21) priced at a stonking £49.50. There’s a pre-sale on the Friday from Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen Of The Road website.
Bit of live stuff to get you in the mood. Come on Huddersfield!