Mumford And Sons speak of 'fear' ahead of Glastonbury headline slot ]

Banjo player Winston Marshall jokes that they will push bassist Ted Dwane on stage ‘in a hospital bed with a drip’


Saturday 29, June 2013
Photo © James Marcus Haney

Mumford & Sons have spoken of their “fear” about headlining Glastonbury tomorrow night (June 30). 

Talking to NME backstage at Worthy Farm, banjo player Winston Marshall said that he was “pretty fucking nervous” about their first headline slot at the festival.

"Fear. There’s a lot of fear involved. There’s never been any higher expectation for any show. We’re excited and terrified."

Marshall also spoke about what the band intend to play. “We had a rehearsal this week and we’ve got a temporary setlist that we’ll probably do,” he continued. “We’re like: ‘We should do this! We should do this!’ but if we fuck with it too much and take too many risks, it could backfire. And I heard that the Arctic Monkeys set yesterday was a hit-fest - it was amazing. We’ve only got two records’ worth though, so taking risks is dangerous.”

Marshall hinted that audience members can expect something special. “We’ve got a good, a fun idea… there will be one special thing at least. If not, two.” When asked if this would include a special guest, he replied, “Yes,” but wouldn’t disclose who it would be.

Marshall also spoke about bassist Ted Dwane, who had brain surgery for a blood clot, which led to the group being forced to cancel a string of US dates. “Ted’s doing really well”, he revealed. “It’s been very scary - not to get too soppy – but it’s been a pretty emotional couple of weeks. We were on tour, and he was complaining about having a headache for about ten days – but he played it down. He’s one of those guys who’s just very low-key and didn’t really grumble much.”

He continued: “He had a MRI scan and found out that a blood vessel had burst in his brain, which he got from head-banging during a gig. It was fucking scary. And we had to cancel some really big shows. Bonnaroo and Telluride are two festivals in America which are as important to us as Glasto. Those two festivals really embraced us in that country. Missing out on those was very emotional.”

Joking about how Dwane would fare on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, Marshall added: “I just really wanna push him out tomorrow night in a hospital bed with a drip. I think that’d be amazing. Just to really milk the situation. Put two big screws in his brain…”

Mumford and Sons will headline Glastonbury this weekend along with Arctic Monkeys, who last night (Friday June 28) performed to an enormous crowd at the Pyramid Stage.
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Mumford confirm Glastonbury return after Ted Dwane's surgery ]

From BBC News Entertainment & Arts:
Monday 24, June 2013

Mumford and Sons have confirmed they will play at Glastonbury this week, two weeks after their bassist had surgery for a blood clot on the brain.

The band had cancelled all shows in the run-up to the festival after Ted Dwane, 28, was taken to hospital in the US.

But keyboard player Ben Lovett told the Radio Times the musician had recovered and was “going to be OK”.

"We’re going to get back out on that stage at Glastonbury as four brothers and do what we do," he added.

The folk-rock band will close the festival’s main stage on Sunday, sharing the bill with co-headliners The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys.

Lovett said it was just five years since the band had first attended the event at Worthy Farm, Somerset, - only a couple of months after they formed.

"To have 1,000 people turn up and sit in a field and watch us play some songs… that completely blew my mind. Each time we play we’re slightly out of our comfort zone," he said.

"But that’s an inspiration - every time it’s just a bit madder than we were expecting. But whenever we tour elsewhere then come back to Glastonbury, it always reminds us how brilliant it is to be British, and what a great British institution it is."

Dwane, who was treated in the US, posted a picture of himself bearing surgery scars on the band’s website last week, accompanied by the caption: “Bear with a sore head!”

"Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working. I’m home. Ted xx."

Mumford and Sons added in a statement: “Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery.”

They have since announced rescheduled dates for the postponed segment of their US tour.

The 2013 Glastonbury festival opens its gates to the public on Tuesday.
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"We are pleased to report that our beloved Ted is making a steady recovery from his operation and wearing his newly acquired shaven-headed hairstyle with enviable levels of suave. A huge, huge thank you to all for your messages of support; the man himself is rather overwhelmed."
- Mumford & Sons on Ted Dwane’s recovery from brain surgery, June 24, 2013. #GetWellSoonTed

US Tour Announcement: The Full English Tour & Rescheduled Date ]

From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
Monday 24, June 2013


Firstly, we are pleased to report that our beloved Ted is making a steady recovery from his operation and wearing his newly acquired shaven-headed hairstyle with enviable levels of suave. A huge, huge thank you to all for your messages of support; the man himself is rather overwhelmed.

Secondly, on a related note, we can now confirm details of the rescheduled dates for the recently canceled US shows – see below for further details.

And thirdly - wildcard - we are thrilled to inform you that the, all-be-it-abrupt, ending of the recent run of shows marks the closing of but one chapter in the book of ‘Mumford & Sons North American Tour Travels 2013’. ‘The Full English’ North American tour, featuring Bear’s Den and The Vaccines too, will commence on 26th August in Toronto and take in the following places.


8/26 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON 
8/28 - Forest Hills Stadium - Queens, NY (Gentlemen Of The Road presents)
8/29 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
9/02 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
9/03 - Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
9/04 - Xcel Energy Center - Saint Paul, MN
9/09 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, AL
9/10 - Centennial Olympic Park - Atlanta, GA
9/11 - Charter Amphitheatre - Simpsonville, SC

9/16 - New Orleans LA @ Mardi Gras World*
9/17 - Woodlands TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavilion*
9/18 - Dallas TX @ GEXA Energy Pavilion*
9/20 - Bonner Springs KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*

*supporting acts to be announced

For an opportunity to purchase tickets you’ll need to register for the ‘Invitation Onsale’. Register right now here – then keep your fingers crossed for an email invite. It’s a simple process and the most effective way we’ve found to ensure the real fans get in and the ticket touts stay out.

Registration closes on 3rd July and invites will be sent out from 8th July.

Can’t wait – much love,
M&S HQ x

Ps. Webstore update: Limited edition US Summer Stampede prints are now up for ordering. There are only a very, very limited number available per show.

Jack Johnson performs Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave” and “The Bonnaroo Song” at Bonnaroo on June 15, 2013.

Johnson stepped in for Mumford & Sons when they had to cancel their Bonnaroo performance due to bassist Ted Dwane’s medical condition. In addition to paying tribute to the band by covering their hit “The Cave,” Johnson dedicated his entire set to the band, saying, “We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons. And we wish we could all be here playing music together. Maybe that will be next year, hopefully.”

Jack Johnson Honors Mumford & Sons at Last-Minute Bonnaroo Headlining Set

Sunday 16, June 2013

"I wrote this song this morning," Jack Johnson, acoustic guitar strapped in his hands, told his thousands of onlookers at the 2013 Bonnaroo festival on Saturday night (June 15), "and I just wanted to share it with you guys."

When the 38-year-old folk singer-songwriter casually tossed out the statement during his headlining set, the nonchalance came off as completely natural; of course Johnson, who nodded at the opportunity to fill in for Mumford & Sons’ recently scrapped headlining show at this year’s Bonnaroo fest and pulled a cohesive set together in less than 48 hours, could summon the time and dedication to write a quick ditty on Saturday morning and hone it enough for Saturday night. The song, titled “Bonnaroo,” essentially served as a recap of the unfortunate festival situation involving Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane undergoing surgery for a blood clot on the surface of his brain, forcing the folk-rock stars to cancel their Saurday night performance at Bonnaroo. Johnson’s quickly organized replacement status was mentioned in his new song, simply titled “Bonnaroo”: “I had a late night gig with ALO… but then the phone rang, and things got strange/My low pro[file] was about to change.”

Johnson, who performed at the first-ever Bonnaroo 12 years ago and also headlined the festival in 2008, was able to write a song with a solid coda (“What the hell, it’s Bonnaroo!”) and full-fledged accordion solo in a matter of hours, but none of that was surprising. The mid-set treat was simply the  cherry on top of a delightful headlining performance that no one could have seen coming one week ago. Johnson, whose four-piece band hadn’t played an expansive show in over a year, completely committed to the challenge of filling in for Mumford & Sons without complaint or error, and even maintained his surfer-dude halo by showing love to the U.K. quartet with a shout-out and cover song.

We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons,” Johnson told the crowd, who roared their respect back in his face. [“And we wish we could all be here playing music together. Maybe that will be next year, hopefully.”]  Over an hour later, Johnson and his crew were jamming on “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons’ Song of the Year nominee from Sigh No More
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