It was December 2010, and Mumford and Sons had been on the road since the previous summer: a glorious, eventful, yet relentless time. Standing somewhere between exhilarated and exhausted, the plan now was for the band's four members to spend a few weeks apart, write, recuperate, and then reconvene in Nashville in the New Year, with the intention of trying out material for their second album. The informality of the set-up in Tennessee perhaps helped to dispel any nerves they may have had about following up 2009's Sigh No More - an album that had gone four times platinum in the UK, and twice platinum in the US. The band assembled in the front room of a house and set about sharing the songs they had been working on alone. The influence of the phenomenal live band Mumford & Sons have become is much in evidence on this latest album Babel - from the fire and fury of the title track to the keen and tender yearning of the album's closer, Not With Haste. More than anything, there is a real a sense of completeness to Babel, a satisfying wholeness and a kind of musical and lyrical wealth - romanticism tempered by strength and vigor; a brawniness balanced by beauty.
Tickets for Mumford & Sons headline shows will be available as part of an Invitation Onsale, which will begin Monday, March 25th, exclusively at http://invitation.mumfordandsons.com
. Fans can register for an invitation to purchase early tickets for up to five shows along the tour (excluding festivals). The Invitation On-sale is designed to give as many people as possible an equal chance to purchase tickets, and to ensure that as many tickets as possible end up in the hands of fans. For more information, visit http://www.mumfordandsons.com
. There will also be a traditional on-sale following the invitation on-sale, which will be next Friday, April 05, for all dates.