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Based out of London, England, Mumford & Sons is one of the most popular groups to have emerged out of the latest English folk revival. A multi-platinum selling quartet, the group came to be because of the band members shared interest in roots music. For over a decade now, the quartet has been entertaining people by coming out with their soulful compositions and has set themselves apart from other folk rock acts by penning down memorable hits like, Believe, Winter Winds and Ditmas.
Mumford & Sons have recently announced that they will be touring soon. If you want to see their performances live, then get your Mumford & Sons tickets here.
Early Life & Influences
Mumford & Sons cite Old Crow Medicine Show as their biggest influence. The leader of the band, Marcs Mumford stated,
“I first heard Old Crow’s music when I was, like, 16, 17, and that really got me into, like, folk music, bluegrass. I mean, I’d listened to a lot of Dylan, but I hadn’t really ventured into the country world so much. So Old Crow were the band that made me fall in love with country music.”
The group is also influenced by legends like Leonard Cohen, Billy Bragg, Spirit of the West and Bert Jansch.
Mumford & Sons was founded by Marcus Mumford in 2007 and consists of Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshal. In 2008, the quartet recruited Adam Tudhope as the group’s manager who has represented stars like Laura Marling and Keane. The group then started to perform live and went on a U.K. wide tour in the same year with Sons of Noel and Adrian, Peggy Sue and Alessi’s Ark. They later played at the Glastonbury Festival for the first time and then toured Australia with Laura Marling.
Before the year could come to an end, the quartet churned out their extended play, ‘Love Your Ground’ on November 3, 2008. This EP came out via Chess Club and contained four tracks.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Mumford & Sons continued to find more fans by playing shows throughout the United Kingdom and the United States in 2009 and soon crossed paths with the three-time Grammy winning record producer, Markus Dravs. He helped produce the quartet’s first studio effort, ‘Sigh No More’, which was released on October 5, 2009. The album shot them straight to superstardom as it not only sold over five million copies in the United Kingdom, but also made a significant impact in the United States where it went triple platinum. It also won them a couple of Billboard Music Awards for ‘Top Rock Album’ and ‘Top Alternative Album’ and peaked at the second spot on the Billboard 200, Canadian Albums and UK Albums chart.
Although the twelve songs that featured on the album’s track-list were all highly addictive, but there were three, Little Lion Man, The Cave and Roll Away Your Stone that became extremely popular. The former was included in NME’s list of the ‘150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years’ and earned them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Rock Song.’ It was also ranked at the top spot in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009. The latter two were certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
Mumford & Sons collaborated with Markus Dravs for the second time and churned out its sophomore studio record, ‘Babel’ on September 21, 2002. The record turned out to be more successful than ‘Sigh No More’ as it landed at the first spot in the United States and United Kingdom. Moreover, it won a Billboard Music Award and Grammy Award for ‘Top Rock Album’ and ‘Album of the Year’ respectively. It also made it to the Rolling Stone’s list of the ’50 Best Albums of 2012.’
‘Babel’ offered five singles including, I Will Wait. The song became a huge hit both critically and commercially and was included by Rolling Stone in its list of the ‘Best Song of 2012.’ In addition, it reached first spot on the Alternative Songs chart and went on to sell over a million copies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and the U.S.
Album Releases and Notable Work
On March 2, 2015, Mumford and Sons generated buzz all around the world when they announced that their latest studio album will be titled, ‘Wilder Mind.’ A few days later, the quartet gave a little taste of what is to come by dropping the lead single, Believe, which topped the Rock Airplay chart. This created anticipation among the fans and finally on May 4, 2015, the band released their third studio effort. To promote the record, Mumford & Sons went on to perform on many television shows, including ‘The Graham Norton Show,’ ‘Later… with Jools Holland,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’
‘Wilder Mind’ became the quartet’s second album to debut at the first spot on the Billboard 200 and UK Albums chart. Produced by James Ford, it was awarded gold certification by the RIAA and received positive reviews from Rolling Stone, The Independent and NME.
Apart from three studio efforts, Mumford & Sons have come out with two live records. They have also recorded eleven extended plays so far.
Mumford & Sons Tour Tickets
Mumford & Sons is now going on a tour again and will be performing at the iHeartRadio ALTer EGO, which is scheduled to take place at The Forum in Inglewood. The quartet will be announcing more shows soon. So, if you want to enjoy their music live then wait no more and grab your Mumford & Sons tour tickets today.