It's been an amazing year for London's jolly folk-rock outfit Mumford and Sons - who'd have thought the band would be listed in BBC's Sound Of 2009, win an award for Best Band at Balcony TV, win another award in Australia for their catchy single "Little Lion Man" and then finally get to play in front of around 15,000 people at Glastonbury over the past weekend. You can bet your bottom and top dollar that this likeable quartet will be up for more awards before the year is out.
If you couldn't make it to Glastonbury, then how about seeing them on tour in the autumn? Of course you would. Mumford and Sons have proudly announced a handful of headline gigs in October, starting with Glasgow on the 1st and continuing on to Manchester (2nd), Brighton (4th), Nottingham (5th), Bristol (6th) and finally Hammersmith on the 8th.
Tickets go on general sale from Wednesday at 9am, although some have pre-sold already from their own website (www.mumfordandsons.com), complete with an offer to purchase one of a 100 special 10" singles. Have no fear though - any unsold vinyl will be retailed at the venues listed (costing £7). Tickets will cost £18.50 (£20 for London).
The band will then continue on to Europe for more dates.
As well as their Glasto appearance and a recent appearance on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge, Mumford and Sons have recently released a new single "Roll Away Your Stone" last week. It is expected to be the last from "Sigh No More" before they head off into the studio. Recently they have recorded new songs for the exclusive 10" (see above) as well as being courted by a certain Ray Davies (Kinks' main-man) for an upcoming compilation (as yet untitled).
Don't forget you can still catch the Mumfords at the Hop Farm (this Saturday), London's iTunes Festival (9th July) and T In The Park (10th).
With the initial 8th October Hammersmith selling-out in hours, a second date (9th) has been added to the guys' October schedule. Tickets (£20 + fees) on sale now.