Austin to Boston
5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.
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Austin to Boston

5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.

Austin to Boston

5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.

Mumford & Sons join Michael Kiwanuka and Bear’s Den to cover Neil Young’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” during the Gentlemen of the Road takeover of the Avalon Cafe at Glastonbury on 28th June, 2014.

Mumford and Sons joined by Haim for special Glastonbury appearance ]

Both bands appeared on the Gentlemen of the Road stage in the Avalon Cafe

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From NME.com:
Saturday 28, June 2014
Photo: Jenn Five / NME

Haim joined Mumford and Sons on the Gentlemen of the Road day stage in the Avalon Cafe this afternoon at Glastonbury Festival.

The band took to the stage in the small packed out tent, curated by Mumford and Sons, at 5.45pm, opening with ‘Honey and I’. 

"How the fuck is everyone doing today," shouted bass player Este Haim before the band launched into a singalong version of ‘Forever’. They followed it with ‘The Wire’ and an elongated guitar freak-out before inviting Mumford as Sons onstage to perform a cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Dead Flowers’. 

"How was that with a bit of Mumford and Sons for you" Este Haim said before the two bands launched into another Rolling Stones cover - ‘Honky Tonk Blues’. After the song, Marcus Mumford grabbed the mic, telling the crowd "that’s Haim everybody" as they all went offstage. 

Prior to Haim’s appearance, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons appeared on stage for the last song of Michael Kiwanuka’s set in the small Avalon Cafe. 

The three members of the band - who headlined the Pyramid Stage last year - covered Neil Young’s ‘Dance Dance Dance’ with Kiwanuka. They were also joined by members of Bear’s Den and The Staves for the track, which finished with Marcus Mumford high-fiving Kiwanuka before saying “Give it up for Michael Kiwanuka and his amazing band, ladies and gents.”

The appearance of the band members - minus banjo player Winston Marshall - makes for the first performance from the band since they announced their hiatus last year when they finished touring their Grammy Award winning second album ‘Babel’.
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Read this article at NME.com.

GOTR At Glastonbury 2014: Saturday Stage Announced ]

From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
Wednesday 25, June 2014

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It’s been one whole year since Mumford & Sons headlined Glastonbury Festival, three since they played the Other Stage stage and six since they made their debut appearance. This year they’re taking a break from performing duties, however…

We are very excited to announce that Gentlemen of the Road will still be in attendance at the festival this very weekend, where they’ve curated an eclectic line-up of performers for the intimate Avalon Cafe in the Field of Avalon on Saturday 28th June!

The following have been confirmed to appear, with room for some surprises too…

Bear’s Den
Michael Kiwanuka
Johnny Flynn
Nick Mulvey
Rubblebucket
King Charles
RHODES

The stage opens at 11:30am with a set from GOTR friend and comedian Thomas Gray; another friend and comedian Alfie Brown will be compering the whole event. 

If you’re heading to Glastonbury make sure you come on down!

*Please note* this is a Gentlemen of the Road event only and NOT a Mumford & Sons performance.

Live at the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover in Lewes [Videos] ]

From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
Friday 6, September 2013

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Earlier on in this summer of 2013, Mumford & Sons rounded up some of their favourite bands and headed down to the United Kingdom’s southern town of Lewes to set up camp for a two day celebration of music, community and local life.

Basking in the rays of some truly glorious English sunshine, the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover in Lewes marked yet another extremely special moment in what, it’s fair to say, has been an almost unbelievable summer.

It was just so. much. fun; with an overwhelming number of ladies, gentlemen and children, nay to mention one magical dragon (aka ‘Piff The…’), in attendance to catch performances by Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit and many more, as well as sample a taste of Lewes life.

Whether you were there or not, we are pleased to say that you can now catch a glimpse of the band’s live performance at the Stopover via this new series of videos.

Much love,
M&S HQ x

Gentlemen of the Road presents… Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Saturday 6th July ]

From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
Tuesday 16, April 2013

What are you doing, oh, say… Saturday 6th July? Well, sure hope you’re free.

Because by that time Marcus, Ben, Ted and Winston will be back on home turf in London (post-Calgary-Telluride Summer Stampede) and not only that but it will of course also officially be Summer Time. And well you know how they like to celebrate these things with friends.

By friends we mean you and these friends from the road too, presented by Gentlemen of the Road…

Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 19th April at 9am www.livenation.co.uk.

It’s going to be a whole lot of fun. Hope to see you there.

Much love,
M&S HQ x

Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Poster and Wallpaper
To learn more about these Stopovers, visit the Gentlemen of the Road website.
Image © Kristoffer Douglas. Click here for high-resolution.
Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Poster and Wallpaper

To learn more about these Stopovers, visit the Gentlemen of the Road website.

Image © Kristoffer Douglas. Click here for high-resolution.

Hi! I'm a big fan of your blog, you give so much information, I hope you know it's appreciated! Wondered if you have/knew if there was a download of the Communion Jam cover of Over The Hill done at SXSW? Thank you!

- Asked by sarahsighnomore

Hi, and thank you! I try to be as helpful as I can.

There is a download of that Communion jam session and, as a matter of fact, I’ve already posted it right here.

For anyone who is unaware of what she’s asking about, Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and his band, Michael Kiwanuka, The Staves, and Johannes from Bear’s Den covered John Martyn’s “Over The Hill” during this year’s SXSW and shared the video of the jam session. I highly encourage you to not only check out that cover, but to also check out all of those brilliant artists and Communion. You can sign up to receive Communion’s weekly update that always includes free downloads and, really, who doesn’t like free awesome music? Check it out!

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Part Five of Mumford & Sons in the 16th June 2012 issue of NME Magazine, featuring Communion Music. Click here for the rest of the article.

Click to zoom and enjoy!

Communion Records artists Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard with his band, India and Chris, Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, The Staves and Johannes from Bear’s Den jam to John Martyn’s “Over The Hill.”  Audio taken from this video, filmed at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2012.

Click here to download.

Communion Records artists Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard with his band, India and Chris, Ben Lovett, The Staves and Johannes from Bear’s Den jam to John Martyn’s “Over The Hill.”  Filmed at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2012.

This is terrific!  Do yourself a favor and watch, and you can also click here for a photo from the recording session.

Click here to download an mp3 of this performance.

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