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Gentlemen of the Road Presents: Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Mumford & Sons headline an outdoor event in Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 14th July 2013, backed by a hand-picked, stellar line-up that features Ben Howard, The Vaccines, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
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One of the most successful acts to come out of the first decade of the 21st century's English folk revival, London's Mumford & Sons' agreeable fusion of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock has found favour with audiences all around the world. Formed in 2007 by singer / guitarist / drummer Marcus Mumford, vocalist and banjo / Dobro player Winston Marshall, vocalist / keyboardist Ben Lovett, and vocalist / bassist Ted Dwane, the quartet bonded over their shared love of roots music - their moniker is meant to invoke the impression of an antiquated family business name.
At that time the West London folk scene was becoming increasingly vibrant with the arrival of fellow new traditionalists like Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn but Mumford & Sons have gone on to outsell and outshine them all with their success!
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This young BRIT Award winning singer/songwriter built up a hardcore fanbase simply by word-of-mouth, selling out shows both at home and across Europe. Raised by music-loving parents, Ben was introduced to the singer/songwriters of the '60s and '70s, with influences such as Nick Drake and John Martyn shining through his music.
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London-based four-piece The Vaccines firmly believe that less is more, with songs like 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' clocking in at under two minutes! Their fast and furious brand of giddy rock 'n' roll could almost be the sound of the Libertines and Ramones falling down the stairs at 100MPH.
The band released their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines in 2011, which became the biggest selling debut album by a band that year, while the 2012 follow up, Come Of Age, reached number one in the UK album charts. They have continued to have top 5 chart albums with 2015's English Graffiti and 2018's Combat Sports.
"On record the Vaccines wallow in the echo-drenched wooziness made famous by the Jesus And Mary Chain, but live they reach back further through pop's past glories, stirring the shimmering girl group drama conjured by Phil Spector and scuzzed up by the Ramones." -The Guardian.
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LA 12-piece band playing psych-hearted sunshine-pop, led by former Ima Robot front man Alex Ebert. So who then is Edward Sharpe? Ebert began to write a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe that was "sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." Ebert then adopted the Sharpe persona as his alter ego.
Comparisons with The Polyphonic Spree are unsurprising, though The Magnetic Zeros favour a more rootsy, folky and country bent to their material. Stand-out track, the joyous 'Home', has been heard by everyone, even if you didn't know who it was by, from regular use in TV commercials and trailers.
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