Mumford & Sons will play in Dungog

DUNGOG will make its mark on the world map when international bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and a host of Aussie acts flock to the town in October for a music festival.

Folk rock band Mumford & Sons are curating the Gentlemen of the Road (A Camping Stopover) festival, which will come to Dungog on October 20.

The one-day, outdoor event in the historic town is part of a global series of GOTR Stopovers, which debuted in the UK this June.

For more information about the festival, watch the video.

The UK folk rockers debut album Sigh No More sold 5 million globally and their song Little Lion Man topped the 2009 Hottest 100, went three-times platinum and to the top of the ARIA Chart with the album.

“The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them,’’ the band said. ‘‘We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”

The show will be headlined by Mumford & Sons, and will also feature Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (famous for their 2010 hit song Home), Aussie songstress Sarah Blasko, Brother singer Matt Corby and folk act Willy Mason. Rounding out the line up is Melbourne’s Husky and Ballarat’s Yacht Club DJs.

The event will be held at Dungog Showgrounds. Tickets on sale Wednesday August 15 at

See LIVE in tomorrow’s Herald for more and a chat with Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

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