will we be able to find marcus' radio thing somewhere on the internet? i missed it and i'm super upset. :((

- Asked by Anonymous

Fear not! The entire Communion Presents show will be posted on XFM’s website tomorrow morning. Maz said he’d tweet a link to it once it’s up, so you can either follow him on twitter or I will be sure to post the link for you here on Mumford & Sons Blog.

In the meantime, you can enjoy this hilarious photo of Marcus and Maz from the show.

I hope this helps. Cheers!

So I realise this was a commonly thrown around question, but I've been travelling for a few months and could never find an accurate answer when abroad. Did the Mumford boys actually split up/ take a break etc. or was that just a rumour made about them? Because either way, I don't think anyone on this world would want them to stop recording and performing! Would appreciate any response possible! Cheers, and keep the posts coming eh! :)

- Asked by happyvibesandhoplesswandering-d

Hello! I’m going to answer two questions at the same time:

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I’ve avoided publishing any rumors regarding these topics for the past few months, so let’s set the record straight…

Mumford & Sons toured nearly nonstop from before the release of Sigh No More until a year after the release of Babel. That was essentially five years of travel, hard work, writing, interviews, paparazzi, time away from loved ones, and countless nights of little sleep. To be fair, the band were indeed pursuing their passion and what they love most during that time: touring and playing music live. Still, so many years of that lifestyle can take its toll and, with that in mind, the band announced in September 2013 that they’d be taking a break "for the foreseeable future."

After their final bow at the last show on the Full English Tour, the four members of Mumford & Sons dispatched to pursue interests outside of the band:

Ben has been collaborating with other artists and championing his record label, Communion.

Ted has been pursuing his other passion of photography.

Marcus has taken time to promote the Coen brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. He not only appeared on the film’s soundtrack, but took his first round as Associate Music Producer under T Bone Burnett and performed at a concert celebrating the music of the film.

And Winston has been pursuing various endeavors. (You should really click through those links. He’s been quite busy.)

All of the boys have taken time out of the limelight, and deservedly so. In any case, the question still remains:

When will the band be back?

The short answer? No one knows. The only information we’ve been given is from an appearance Ted made in December on Communion’s weekly radio show on XFM in London. When asked what 2014 looks like for Mumford & Sons, he indicated—whether purposefully or accidentally—that the band have plans to come together in February 2014 to begin writing music together again—presumably for their third album (starting just after the 42 minute mark):

"We are gonna sort of ramp up very slowly. We’re going to get together and start writing without booking anything in, you know, no touring or studio even, and really enjoy each other’s musicality again in the way that we first did. It’s been so hectic in the way we made ‘Babel’ in between ‘Sigh No More’ tours; we never really had a break, and there was never really enough space, you know, not as much space as we would have liked. So, you know, we’re in a position where I think we really just wanna make a *really* great album, and that’s not something that you can do to a deadline, necessarily. So, we are gonna work really hard and get back into it, but for the last couple of months at least, we’ve just literally peeled off and everyone’s gone to the four corners of the earth doing their own thing, which is really nice, really healthy and we’re talking on the phone and catching up with each other when we can… It’s really nice. And February, I’m getting really excited about it. The idea of getting in a room with those guys and sharing music with them, it’s my favorite thing. So yeah, I’m looking forward to it."

To be clear: This does not guarantee a third album in 2014, nor does it guarantee the band will return to touring in 2014.

The only thing this does guarantee, however, is that we have not seen the end of Mumford & Sons. After all, according to Mumford & Sons themselves…

"We’ll see you round the bend, it won’t be long."

Thank you SO MUCH for the concert highlights!!!!!!!! It's AWESOME. :) I've been smiling for the last hour or so listening.

- Asked by sweet-child-o-mumford

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You are absolutely welcome! It’s fantastic to hear that you enjoy the collection so much!

For those of you who may have missed Mumford & Sons Blog’s special end-of-year gift to you, click here

Cheers!

A couple of weeks ago you posted you were going to post a download for concerts such as Lollopalooza. I would love to download such concerts. Any help will be much helpful

- Asked by Anonymous

Hello and thank you for the question! You are correct, I did post that. You should keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks for those downloads, as well as a surprise or two.

As a matter of fact, I have special little something along those lines that I will post in just a short while…

Gif courtesy of booshbaby.

Will you post a download of Don't think twice, it's alright?

- Asked by vagab0nd-dreams

Could you post the link to the songs and concerts available?

- Asked by mwcdiver

Hello! I assume you’re asking for a list of all the available Mumford & Sons downloads.

As a matter of fact, M&S Blog has a Download Finder which you can locate via this link or by clicking “Downloads” at the top of the blog. There you will find a list of over fifty available downloads—most of which are full live concerts—arranged by year. There are more downloads to come from 2013, too, so keep following M&S Blog to know as soon as they’ve been posted.

Thank you for the question. Cheers!

Hey -- any word of audio from the Sirius XM broadcast of the Forest Hills show in the pipeline for download?

- Asked by logstair

It is indeed! Look for it to be posted in the next few weeks. Also coming down the pipeline will be Mumford & Sons’ sets at Lollapalooza and the Oslo Spektrum from earlier this year, as well as a few other surprises. Mumford & Sons may be taking a bit of a break, but Mumford & Sons Blog will try to fill the Mumford-shaped void while they are away.

Thank you for the question. Cheers!

Hi. I'm sorry I don't have a tumblr, but thought you might want to share this with other fans. The Gentlemen of the Road website has added a lot of really cool merchandise. I'm sure it is stuff that was available at the stopovers, but if you didn't make it to one of them this is your chance to spend a bunch of money. The website was having issues earlier, but that seems to be fixed now.

- Asked by Anonymous

Are you going to record the stream tomorrow and post it? I'm going to miss it because I'll be at work and I would really love to hear it later.

- Asked by Anonymous

Hello! For those of you who missed it, Mumford & Sons’ last show on their Full English Tour in Bonner Springs, Kansas, will be streamed live online on Friday, September 20th. Broadcast details here.

As it happens, I cannot record this particular concert because I will actually be there in person. If any of you do record the live stream, please be sure to submit it to Mumford & Sons Blog so that as many people will have access to it as possible. You will, of course, be credited for your submission!

I will do my best to provide you with a recording. To those of you who will be listening online or live in person, enjoy the show!

Hello! So I will be attending a stopover in about a week and I have never been to a concert quite like this. I was just wondering if you have any tips? Also how do I get as close to the stage as possible?? Love the blog!!

- Asked by Anonymous

Hello, and thank you! Several people have asked for tips about going to the Stopovers and how to get close to the stage, so I thought I’d put in my two cents.

  1. Decide if you really want to spend all day camped out in front of the stage. The whole purpose of the GOTR Stopovers is to get out into the towns and experience everything they have to offer. So if you want to get the most out of your Stopover, that is what you should do.
  2. Try to go into the shops and talk to some of the locals. They most likely will have worked hard to transform their town, shops, streets, and restaurants into mustachioed hubs for all of you lovely visitors, so be sure to patronize them and tell them thank you for their generosity. Remember, you’re technically representing Mumford & Sons, so be a “gentleman” (or a “lady” as the case may be).
  3. Try to get all the stamps in your Passport. There may be a reward if you do.
  4. Make new friends—particularly if you are camping. You’ll be there for a few days and, aside from meeting some pretty rad people, you may need their sunscreen, they might need to borrow your hat, or whatever. Again, be a gentleman or a lady.
  5. Don’t get too drunk. I know, I know. Enjoy the local drink, but don’t go so crazy that you either can’t remember the experience (what’s the point of that?) or that you’re carted away in an ambulance. Just be safe, my friends.
  6. If you decide to go for it and try to be close to the stage, you’ll need to arrive at the festival gate a couple of hours or so before it opens to get in line. Once they start letting people in, run like the wind to get to the front of the stage walk calmly into the festival grounds and find a spot and watch out for the dedicated fans who are flying past you to claim their place at the barrier. If you don’t want to stand all day long, you might consider bringing a small blanket or towel to either sit on, or to at least delineate your spot. As the day wears on, be prepared for sneaky people to try to squeeze in front of you. They may be rude or trashed, so be careful in dealing with them. This is one of those times when the friends you make at the Stopover may come in handy, as they can help you keep the sneaky ones at bay.

MORE THAN ANYTHING:

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The heat will be no joke, so if you take only one thing I’ve said to heart, please let it be this bit. Drink more water/Gatorade than you think you need. If you’re physically thirsty, a cold beer is not the way to go. That is how you end up in an ambulance being treated for dehydration after baking in the sun for hours, and then you won’t be able to enjoy the town and the fantastic bands. STAY HYDRATED.

Finally, have a grand time!

This Westboro thing is really bothering me. Let us know if you think there is anything we can do. My first (ok second) reaction is to ignore them, because my anger is their fuel. However, if anything does come up, I would like to help.

- Asked by littlepieceofabigsoul

Hey Kellee, thanks for the message and the offer to help.

I am publishing this question because I feel it is important for everyone—not just Mumford & Sons fans—to weigh the following when it comes to that organization.

  1. Just as you implied, the general gut reaction is to flare up with anger. While it is natural to want to defend something you care about, or even just like, this is absolutely the worst possible way to react in this situation. The WBC feed off of the anger they elicit; for example, since the original post on M&S Blog regarding their planned picket, the WBC have not only increased their media regarding the event, they have continued to approach the band and this blog on twitter. Furthermore, they have adjusted their “angle” to personally attack the band members themselves, as well as the band’s family members. Why? Because the WBC saw the angry reactions to their initial announcement, got the attention they crave and now, much like a petulant child, they are “acting out” even more. Actually, that’s just like a petulant child. With that said, to react with anger is to feed the fire. In my opinion, don’t do it.
  2. Another potential reaction I’ve seen floating around is to show up to the concert in Bonner Springs with anti-WBC and pro-love posters, signs, shirts, and so on. While slightly more pacifistic in nature, this sort of reaction still feeds the WBC’s appetite for attention. They want people there with signs. They want people there to yell at them and tell them off. They want the media there. Don’t give them that satisfaction.
  3. Ignore them. Yes. The best of all possible reactions. Is it not infuriating when someone completely ignores you, rendering you helpless? Not only would the WBC be left without the attention they crave, but by ignoring them—whatever they do or say—we are deeming the hate they spew as not worth our time. Which it’s not. Because it’s bullshit.

So, dear followers, for those of you heading to Bonner Springs on September 20th, if the picket does in fact take place, please do not even acknowledge the WBC’s presence. If they are lined up, chanting, saying hateful things in your face, telling you you’re going to hell for going to the concert, or anything else, do not respond or even cast them a second glance. Do not give them the honor of your attention, because you will have better and more joyful things to attend to that night.

For those of you who will not be in attendance but who may find yourselves miffed at the hateful things being said about Mumford & Sons, fallen soldiers, children killed in school shootings, or anything or anyone else the WBC have picketed or plan to picket in the future, the absolute best thing you can do is nothing. Don’t @ mention them on twitter to tell them what assbags they are. Don’t visit their website to give them the gratification of another hit on their counter. Stop telling Ted about the planned picket on his Instagram. Again, don’t give them the honor of your attention in any way, shape, or form.

It is not lost on me that this post is actually giving them a certain level of attention, but I felt the need to say these things far outweighed the consequences. I’m certain the WBC will see this post since they are clearly aware of this blog and follow it (Hi, guys!), but I hope that you—my dear followers—will take what I’ve said, weigh it for yourselves, and decide how to react.

I would like to leave you with these final and very relevant words of wisdom:

Now I’ll be bold as well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh and fix my eyes
A tethered mind freed from the lies

But I’ll kneel down; wait for now
I’ll kneel down; know my ground

Raise my hands; paint my spirit gold
Bow my head; keep my heart slow

-Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait

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