Mumford And Sons played their last tour date in support of 2012 sophomore album Babel on Friday night (September 20th) in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and the band told Rolling Stonethat they are about to embark on a long break. Keyboard player Ben Lovett explained prior to the gig, “There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show.”
Asked how long the hiatus would last, Lovett said, “We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of . . . I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”
The band has not really slowed down or had time off since the breakthrough success of their 2009 debut,Sigh No More. Lovett said, “We’re just going to rest up. I don’t think we’ve had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that’s what’s in place at the moment, to do very little – especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons.”
Mumford And Sons’ dramatic year kicked off last October, when Babel debuted at Number One on the Billboard chart and stayed there for three weeks.
The multi-platinum disc was named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards last February.
Yet the group also faced a crisis in June when bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain. Dwane made a complete recovery and the British quartet resumed touring at the end of that month.