Mumford and Sons are set to release the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ on September 24. Paste reports that the band made the announcement from the stage at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands earlier today (May 28). Frontman Marcus Mumford apparently told the crowd that the band had finished recording the album, before keyboard player Ben Lovett revealed their plan for an autumn release.
Mumford and Sons will stage two festivals this summer. The first event will take place at Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park on June 2, with Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, The Correspondents and Nathaniel Rateliff also on the bill. The second will happen a week later on June 9 at Galway’s Salthill Park, with The Vaccines, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff, Willy Mason and The Correspondents booked to play the event.
Speaking to NME about the two events, the band’s multi-instrumentalist Winston Marshall said: “We know there are shitloads of festivals in Britain and no-one needs a new one. But what we thought was missing was a high-quality, inner-city event where you can take over the city itself”. As well as the festivals, the band will play a small UK tour to road test their new material.
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons have written a new track titled ‘Learn Me Right’ as part of the soundtrack to the new Pixar film Brave. ‘Learn Me Right’ has been written, arranged and produced by the band, but features singer Birdy providing vocals.