Mumford and Sons joined by Haim for special Glastonbury appearance ]

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


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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"Mumford & Sons won the award for International Achievement. Following a video tribute to the band, frontman Marcus Mumford accepted the gong, joking: ‘That felt a bit like a fucking obituary, but thank you.’ He added that the band were currently ‘hibernating’."
- Mumford & Sons won the 2014 Ivor Novello award for International Achievement on 22nd May, 2014. [Via]

Mumford & Sons, White Lies and others to feature on first Chess Club Records compilation ]

The London-based label will put out rare recordings on a limited run 12”

Tuesday 28, January 2014

London-based label Chess Club Records has announced details of its first compilation album.

The label, which put out early releases from the likes of Mumford & Sons, White Lies, Local Natives and a host of others, will release Chess Club Volume 1 on March 3. The limited edition release, which will feature original and rare tracks from the label’s alumni, will only be available on 12” heavyweight vinyl.

Photo © Carlotta Luke.

Founded in 2007, Chess Club Records’ first release was from Jay Jay Pistolet – The Vaccines’ Justin Young’s early project. Single releases from numerous artists including MS MR, Wolf Alice and Jungle followed and in 2013, the label released albums from Swim Deep and Post War Years and will soon release the debut album from Danish electro-pop artist MØ. 

The Chess Club Volume 1 tracklisting is: 

  1. Jay Jay Pistolet – ‘We Are Free’
  2. Mumford & Sons – ‘Roll Away Your Stone’ 
  3. Chief – ‘Might Proud’ 
  4. Cherbourg – ‘Never Love Again’ 
  5. The Middle East – ‘Blood’
  6. James Yuill – ‘No Surprise’ 
  7. Wave Machines – ‘I Go I Go I Go’
  8. Post War Years – ‘All Eyes’
  9. Kyla La Grange – ‘Vampire Smile’
  10. White Lies – ‘Unfinished Business’
  11. Exlovers – ‘Just A Silhouette’
  12. Chet Faker – ‘Terms & Conditions’
  13. Jungle – ‘Platoon’
  14. Ms Mr – ‘Hurricane’
  15. Mø – ‘Pilgrim’
  16. Baby Strange – ‘Friend’
  17. Local Natives – ‘Sun Hands’
  18. Grouplove – ‘Colours’ 
  19. Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
  20. Swim Deep – ‘King City’

Click here for more information and a link to preorder Chess Club Volume 1. To learn more about the three EPs Mumford & Sons released through Chess Club Records, click:

  1. Lend Me Your Eyes (2008)
  2. Love Your Ground (2008)
  3. The Cave and the Open Sea (2009)

Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Number One in Official UK Albums Chart again after Glastonbury headline slot ]

But the band only manage to beat Michael Bublé to top spot by 125 copies

Sunday 7, July 2013
Photo © Andrew Whitton/NME

Mumford & Sons’ second album ‘Babel’ has climbed 15 places on the Official UK Albums Chart to hit Number One. 

The record has spent 41 weeks in the charts since its release in 2012. It originally reached Number One in its first week on the shelves. The spike in sales follows the band’s closing headline performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last Sunday (June 30). 

But despite the 384 per cent increase in sales in the two days following the festival, they still only managed to outsell this week’s Number Two from Michael Bublé by a mere 125 copies, according to the Official Charts Company

Other artists to benefit from rises in sales post-Glastonbury include fellow headliners Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ is at Number 15 whilst The Rolling Stones’ ‘Grrr’ has climbed 29 places to Number 20. Mumford & Sons debut album ‘Sigh No More’ has also re-entered the top twenty at Number 12 whereas Vampire Weekend’s recent third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ is at Number 26….
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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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