So there’s been a couple of slices of news for British outfit Mumford & Sons today… Number one is the first taste of the band’s new album ‘Babel’ in the form of the single ‘I Will Wait’ (check the video below for the official audio), which has been released to the local iTunes store (spookily, its release date there is tomorrow?).
Number two, however, is most exciting, particularly for the people of the tiny town of Dungog in Southern New South Wales. Though the population of the town is just over two thousand, the townsfolk will be anticipating the arrival of thousands more, with Mumford & Sons announcing the Gentlemen Of The Road (A Camping Stopover) event, to take place in the town on Saturday October 20.
The Gentlemen Of The Road concept was developed by members of the band themselves. They explain in a statement what it’s all about.
“he Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them. We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”
So Dungog it is, with not just Mumford & Sons, but Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Yacht Club DJs and many more taking to the stage.
Tickets to the one-off event are on sale on Wednesday August 15 via www.gentlemenoftheroad.com.
In the meantime, Mumford & Sons’ new album ‘Babel’ will be released on Friday September 21.