Mumford & Sons to put on two festivals in June

Band also set to play small tour

Mumford & Sons to put on two festivals in June

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Rebecca Laurence - 13 April 2012

Look out Michael Eavis, someone's after your job! Not content with dominating the charts, conquering the U.S. and packing out festival tents following the release of their debut album, 'Sigh No More', everyone's favourite banjo-botherers, Mumford & Sons are set to put on their own festival dates this summer.

The band will, as reported by NME.com, play two large events in Huddersfield and Galway in June.

The Huddersfield show will take place at the city's Greenhead Park on June 2. Support will come from BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Correspondents and Willy Mason.

The second festival date will be in Galway, Ireland on June 9 and features The Vaccines, Willy Mason, The Correspondents, Nathaniel Rateliff and Zulu Winter.

Speaking about the events, the band said: "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."

They went on to say: "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."

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 'Sigh No More'.

Watch Mumford & Sons play 'The Cave' live at Glastonbury 2011:



Mumford & Sons' festival and mini-tour kicks off on May 30. See the dates below:

Cardiff St David's Hall (May 30)
Folkestone Leas Cliff Pavilion (31)
Huddersfield Greenhead Park (June 2)
Bury St Edmonds The Apex (4)
Lowestoft Marina Theatre (5)
Gateshead Sage Theatre (6)
Galway Salthill Park (9)

Tickets go onsale next Friday (April 21) at 9am (GMT).


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