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The Summer Stampede: Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Haim, Bear's Den
Mumford & Sons have announced their biggest headline show to date at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London this Summer, in association with Gentlemen of the Road.
The band will headline the outdoor event, 'The Summer Stampede' backed by an outstanding hand-picked line-up featuring Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, HAIM, and Bear’s Den.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London show forms part of Mumford & Sons' Summer Stampede series, which already includes shows in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Kit Carson Park, Taos, New Mexico, and Glenn Helen Park, San Bernardino, CA
This is the final addition to a busy Summer for Mumford & Sons in the UK and Ireland, with headline performances at Glastonbury and T In The Park Festivals, alongside a huge outdoor show at Phoenix Park in Dublin, and their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Shows in Lewes, East Sussex.
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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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New York band Vampire Weekend rather oddly, but rather delightfully, combine African rhythms and Peter Gabriel-esque vocals with an urban, punkish tone. They describe themselves as specialists in the styles of 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Upper West Side Soweto, Campus, and Oxford Comma Riddim.' As they themselves suggest, they have to be heard to be believed.
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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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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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Haim hail from California and consist of three sisters (Este, Alana and Danielle Haim). They pride themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, as well as blending their voices in the unique way that only family can. Their influences range from TLC to Britney, Destiny's Child to The Strokes, all of which they channel into their slick brand of electro-pop-rock.
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The Bear's Den story is something of a fairytale, opening with the truly bewitching Austin to Boston Communion Tour of the US in March of 2012, where they shared the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, The Staves and Ben Howard.
From there, the band traveled to a secluded cottage in the Welsh wilderness to record their eponymous debut EP. In keeping with their DIY ethos, the band did everything themselves, right down to stamping each EP with hand carved potato stamps. The one-of-a-kind EP’s have been exclusively available at the band's live shows since its release in September. After a rapid succession of high-profile support tours, the stage is now set for Bear's Den to plunge into the deep end.
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