The line-up for the 2015 Bonnaroo Festival was announced on January 13, and headlining the music festival is the British folk band Mumford and Sons. This announcement comes almost a year after widely spread rumors that Sons was breaking up.
Rumors started in March of 2014 during an interview that banjo player Winston Marshall gave to Vulture. When asked if the band would continue to tour or if they hung up their suspenders for good. The Sons banjo player replied as follows.
“I wish I had something to say about Mumford & Sons. It was a good time… It’s over… Yeah, we had a good time, though, you know. It was good.”
Don’t worry Mumford fans, Marshall was just joking.
Billboard reported that multiple reps for Mumford and Sons confirmed that the rumors were untrue, saying that “Marshall’s words, which he spouted at a ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ after-party in New York City, were meant in jest.”
Mumford and Sons has been on a long break since September of 2013, after the last performance on their Babel tour in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The band ended a very grueling year that included an exhausting touring schedule, music festivals, bassist Ted Dewane’s health scare and several Grammy wins. Ben Lovitt, the keyboardist with the band, told Rolling Stone that there would be not be any Mumford and Sons activities in the foreseeable future. So, how long would the band be planning to be on hiatus?
“We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of… I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”
Thankfully for fans of the folk band, they will be making their return this year in Manchester, Tennessee, at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 11-14. Mumford and Sons group members Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Marcus Mumford will all be in attendance performing old hits and hopefully some new songs off of their much anticipated third studio album.
The Mumford and Sons break-up rumors that were also previously reported by the Inquisitr will hopefully be over now that this announcement has been made. Fans of the band will be crossing their fingers that this Bonnaroo performance will just be the first in a series of new concert dates for the band.
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