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Mumford and Sons bound for Huddersfield's Greenhead Park in June

BRIT award winners Mumford & Sons are to play Greenhead Park in Huddersfield.

Mumford and Sons

BRIT award winners Mumford & Sons are to play Greenhead Park in Huddersfield.

The band – who performed at Glastonbury last summer – will bring their own touring show to the park on Saturday, June 2.

The concert by Mumford & Sons is the biggest music event in Huddersfield for years since Elton John played at the Galpharm Stadium in 2005.

It has been billed as the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover and will also feature artists such as Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Correspondents.

Tickets for the event will go on sale later this month and cost £49.50.

News of the gig has been hailed as a coup by Kirklees Council, who last year completed a £5m revamp of the popular park.

They had already announced plans for a free three-day event to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, starting on June 8.

Easy Theatres will perform music by Abba and the Bee Gees in the special one-off show called Thank-you for the Music. The Orchestra of Opera North will put on a proms concert in the park the following evening.

The Sunday afternoon will see the return of the Party in the Park pop event.

Council chief executive Adrian Lythgo, said: “I am absolutely delighted that an act with a huge international following has chosen to hold such a high profile part of their tour here in Huddersfield.

“The fact that this is their only ‘mini festival’ date in the UK before they move on to Ireland and America is a massive endorsement of our town, once again proving that we’ve got something special to offer the promoters of large events, and creating a lucrative opportunity for our local businesses to benefit.”

The announcement comes just weeks after council officials confirmed they have secured a Rugby World Cup game at the Galpharm Stadium, and two legs of the Olympic torch relay, passing through both Huddersfield and Dewsbury in June.

Mr Lythgo said: “I understand the band had been considering numerous venues around the country, but were ultimately won over by our fabulous park and the welcome and friendliness of local people during secret visits earlier in the year.

“Apparently it was a conversation with one of our catering staff in the park’s conservatory restaurant about how great a place this is, which finally swung things in Huddersfield’s favour.

“This concert is a great start to Jubilee Bank Holiday celebrations in Huddersfield, which come to a spectacular conclusion the following weekend with our own free three-day Concerts in the Park event.”

All of the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows will heavily involve local communities, from the produce sold on the sites, to engaging visitors with the towns as a whole.

The band will also play a series of evening gigs preceding and between the Stopover shows, with the support acts selected from the summer show line-ups.

Tickets for all dates will go on pre-sale through Musicglue.com and local outlets from 9am on April 20 and on general sale from April 21. Tickets cost £49.50.

“WE’RE going to bring a party to Huddersfield”.

The words of Mumford & Sons’ musician Winston Marshall, as he confirmed details of the band’s mini festival in Greenhead Park.

“Too many festivals are there for the benefit of the moneymakers; they want to cram people in and then send them home.

“We want people to come in and take over a town, take over the bars and the pubs and the hotels and make sure everyone has a great time.

“The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely on our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festival.

“We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them.

“Glastonbury is brilliant at what it does but we hope this tour can get the whole town involved. We don’t just want the music in the park, we want people playing in pubs and bars, we want a comedy night and we want a theatre music night, all of which are in the pipeline”.

Marshall and his fellow band members – Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane – have just returned from a hugely-successful tour of the United States, which saw them play gigs in Texas, in Woodstock and in Nashville.

“It was amazing”, he said. “We got to spend time with the other bands and that’s what we want to recreate this summer.

“There will be a host of our friends playing too, such as Willy Mason and Nathaniel Rateliff, and we want to make it a real party.

“The vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”

The band was formed in Putney, London in 2007

Band members are Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane

Some of their first gigs were outdoor sessions on the King’s Road

They have played Glastonbury four times

Their debut album Sigh No More reached No 2 in the UK charts and has now sold more than 4m copies

The band won a Brit award in 2010 for Best Album

They have also been nominated for Grammy Awards and Mercury Music Prizes.

 

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