Mumford & Sons, the London-based folk rock band whose 2012 album, “Babel,” sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week, will bring its two-day “Gentlemen of the Road” festival to Guthrie on Sept. 6-7.
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday for the event, which will take place at Cottonwood Flats near downtown Guthrie. Also featured will be Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, Willy Mason, The Vaccines and Those Darlins, with more performers to be announced. Mumford & Sons will headline and close the concert Sept. 7.
The Guthrie stop for “Gentlemen of the Road” is one of only five scheduled performances. The others are in England; Canada; Troy, Ohio; and St. Augustine, Fla. Jamie Fitzgerald, director of marketing for DCF Concerts, the promoter of the event, said her company has worked for more than three months to bring Mumford & Sons to Oklahoma.
In each stopover, Mumford & Sons partners with the host city to bring in local vendors and food to celebrate the individual character of each town.
“They’re all centered on small towns,” Fitzgerald said. “They find a patch of land, set it up and people camp out. Lots of revenue for Guthrie and Oklahoma City, as well.”
Formed in 2007, Mumford & Sons’ debut album, “Sigh No More,” became an unexpected hit thanks to songs such as “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave,” earning the band Grammy nominations in 2011 and 2012. The band is nominated in six categories at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
Tickets for “Gentlemen of the Road” are $109 for the complete event and $40 for on-site camping, and can be purchased at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com.