Mumford & Sons

Aug. 30-31 • Troy Memorial Stadium

Troy, Ohio is going to be invaded by banjo-toting, tambourine-shaking, tight pants- and flowy dress-wearing hippie folksters. Some of us are more excited than others. 

The onslaught is due entirely to Mumford & Sons, part of our latest British Invasion. In one year, between 2010-2011, they went from packed 500-person capacity rooms (like Beachland Ballroom and The Wexner) to selling out venues with capacities upward of 5,000. From there, they went on to play the last two Grammy ceremonies and countless stadiums. In other words, they’re kind of a big deal.

They’re nice guys, too. They love being close to fans and promoting the bands they love most. Hence, their second annual “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour.” The idea is simple: Grab a dozen or so groups, pick places they’ve rarely visited and take over the area for a mini-music festival. 

Tickets are $100 a pop (not including camping), but it’s absolutely worth it. The headliners are Mumford & Sons (Saturday) and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Friday). Mumford & Sons are known for their drunken Irish wake-esque concerts — everyone is happy and singing at the top of their lungs. And the Zeros are just as beautiful and … crunchy live as they sound on iTunes and their copious television spots. Promise.

Before ES&TMZ take the Friday stage, though, fest-goers will hear a full day’s worth of music. Georgia’s Indie Folk/Rock band Phosphorescent will be on hand. Keeping things mellow, the stage will also host New Yorker Willy Mason with his bluesy Country. (Try not to fall in love.) Mumford & Sons even managed to steal Canadian band Half Moon Run away from their tour supporting Of Monsters and Men.

Then there’s Saturday. Before Mumford & Sons grace the stage to play two albums worth of awesome, there’s another whole day of amazing music. Old Crow Medicine Show is on-board to get everyone pumped for the banjos and Justin Townes Earle and Those Darlins will surely fill the stadium with their beautiful twang. But Mumford & Sons also imported The Vaccines (with whom they go way back) for the tour. They’re the kind of Pop Punk with a vintage vibe. Adding to the Saturday music mixture — Bear’s Den (who will also be at MPMF), Rubblebucket and Yacht Club DJs. 

MUMFORD & SONS play at their Gentlemen of the Road Troy Stopover Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31.

Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. For more details (and to see if any tickets remain) visit

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