Article taken from expressen.se and translated from Swedish to English:
28th June 2012
BORLÄNGE, SWEDEN. British band Mumford & Sons had to cancel their gig at Hultsfred Festival when singer Marcus Mumford broke his hand.
Instead, they came to Peace & Love Festival with extra musicians and a singer whose hand is in a cast.
“I need to take strong painkillers. It’s cruel,” says Marcus Mumford.
But Peace & Love stepped in and saved the party by offering the band a new gig and even offered those who had tickets to Hultsfred to see them for free. Here’s a chat with the front man soon after the band pulled to Borlänge.
MM: “It hurts, but it feels a little better. I broke two bones,” says Marcus Mumford and demonstrates the wrist, a few hours before going on stage in town.
How did you do it?
MM: “Just by being an idiot.”
Were you drunk?
MM: “Uh, no comments,” he says, laughing.
Because I broke mine one time I went roller skating…
MM: “It hurts, right?”
MM: “It hurt to set in place…or as Coldplay would say, it hurts like Heaven.”
Since Mumford is still in a cast, and is forced to take strong painkillers, the band brought two extra musicians. Marcus Mumford has six weeks left in the cast and brace.
Can work wonders.
MM: “I have a great physical therapist so we’ll see how it goes, if I can start playing or if we have to have replacements for some time. But he is amazing… And he can work wonders,” he says and continues:
“They put in two metal wires that he will pull out about six weeks. I asked how and he said, ‘with a pair of pliers’. So I may not want to think about how it’s done. We’re not talking about it.”
How did you guys in the band handle it when it happened?
TD: “Honestly, not that great. The timing’s very bad, it was very frustrating, but we made a new plan rather quickly and resolved to lock it in place,” says bassist Ted Dwane, and continues:
“We are so grateful that we were lucky enough to come here when we had to adjust. It’s the best we could do in this tricky situation. We are very keen to be here now so it will be a good gig.”
By Therese Färsjö email@example.com