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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.
West London quartet Mumford & Sons create classic, bluegrass-inspired folk songs. Winning 2013's Brit Award for Best British Group and notching up a total of 14 Grammy nominations, their success story has been staggering. Their second album, Grammy Award winning 'Album of the Year'; 'Babel', became the fastest seller of 2012 in the UK, whilst over in the US it was the 4th biggest selling album of the year.
Then 2015's third album 'Wilder Mind' reached no.1 in seven countries and hitting top 5 in a further nine countries. Originally looking up to their peers Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale, the band have since outsold and outshone them, taking their humble folk music to stadium and arena-size audiences.
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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, the follow up, Come Of Age, in 2012 (which reached number one in the UK album charts) with the highly anticipated 3rd release English Graffiti following in 2015.
"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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