Mumford & Sons plot "Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers," prep for new album release
Mumford & Sons have added a handful of domestic dates dubbed "Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers" to their overseas summer tour plans ahead of the September release of their sophomore set.
The roots-rock quartet will finish up an in-progress European run, which continues tonight (5/30) in Cardiff, United Kingdom. The latest addition includes four markets -- Portland, ME; Bristol, VA/TN; Dixon, IL; and Monterey, CA -- with a varying lineup at each stop. Along with the music, the "Stopovers" will also feature smaller events involving local businesses, venues and people, according to a press release.
"We're keen to promote the town's local businesses," the outfit explained in a press release, "and we'll be using the local bars and venues for after-show 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'."
Tickets for each of the four events will be $69, including service fees. On-sales begin Friday (6/1) via the band's website, and tickets include a digital compilation of performances taken from the road trip, according to a press release.
Last year, the British rockers embarked on the "Railroad Revival Tour" alongside Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, which had the bands traveling from one U.S. city to the other aboard their own Amtrak train.
Mumford & Sons will release their long-awaited second studio set Sept. 24, according to a May 28 interview with a Belgian radio station backstage at the Pinkpop Festival.
"We finished the record this week," keyboardist Ben Lovett unveiled when asked about a follow-up to 2009's "Sigh No More." "So we are going to be able to get it out in September. We've just figured that out."
The multi-platinum "Sigh No More" peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and at the top of several of the magazine's other charts, including Digital Albums, Alternative Albums, Folk Albums, Independent Albums and Rock Albums.
30 - Cardiff, United Kingdom - St. David's Hall
31 - Folkestone, United Kingdom - Leas Cliff Hall
2 - Huddersfield, United Kingdom - Greenhead Park
4 - Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom - The Apex
5 - Lowestoft, United Kingdom - Marina Theatre
6 - Gateshead, United Kingdom - The Sage Gateshead
8 - Loch Ness, United Kingdom - Rockness Festival
9 - Galway, United Kingdom - Salthill Caravan Park
15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
16 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
22 - Newhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
23 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
24 - Luxembourg - Rock-A-Field
30 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
1 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Open Air St. Gallen
2 - Verona, Italy - Tendenze Festival
4 - Ancona, Italy - Spilla Festival
6 - Weisen, Germany - Harvest of Art Festival
7 - Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
13 - Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao BBK Live
14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive! Festival
4 - Portland, ME - The Eastern Promenade (w/ St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim)
11 - Bristol, VA/TN - Downtown Bristol (w/ Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Justin Townes Earle, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim)
18 - Dixon, IL - Page Park (w/ Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim)
25 - Monterey, CA - Monterey County Fairgrounds (w/ Gogol Bordello, The Very Best, Grouplove, Two Gallants, Apache Relay, Haim)
1 - Aspen, CO - Aspen Jazz Festival