Mumford & Sons Plot 2013 'Gentlemen of the Road' Stopovers

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Vampire Weekend, fun., Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros joining the folk-rock stars on select dates.

Following the success of their 2012 stopover shows, Mumford & Sons have announced a new batch of weekend-long "Gentlemen of the Road" residencies for this upcoming summer, as well as the talent that will be joining them at each stop.

Five stopovers have been plotted beginning in July, with Lewes, U.K.; Simcoe, Ontario; Troy, Ohio; Guthrie, Okla.; and St. Augustine, Fla. all receiving the extended Mumford treatment. Like last year's seven residencies in locations like Portland, Maine and Dixon, Ill., the "Gentlemen of the Road" stopovers will invade small cities and offer one-of-a-kind community experiences, with all-day live shows acting as the focus of each weekend.

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After welcoming artists like St. Vincent, Dawes and Gogol Bordello into their "Gentlemen" stopovers last year, Mumford & Sons will be joined by Vampire Weekend, fun., Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Alabama Shakes on select dates of the 2013 events. Unlike last year, this year's stopovers will feature a Friday night headliner before Mumford & Sons take the stage for a Saturday headlining set.

Tickets for each of the five stopovers are $109, and will go on sale this Friday (Feb. 8). Campsites will be incorporated into each "Gentlemen" residency.

"The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers are all about live music," says the band in a statement. "We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."

The unique touring format certainly helped Mumford & Sons sell albums last year: the folk group's sophomore disc, "Babel," debuted with 600,000 copies sold in its first week last fall, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Babel" is nominated for Album of the Year at this year's Grammy Awards.

Here are the tour dates and details of Mumford & Sons 2013 stopovers:

Lewes, U.K.
July 19th - Vampire Weekend
July 20th - Mumford & Sons
Confirmed artists: The Vaccines, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Very Best Sound System, more to be announced
 
Simcoe, Ontario
Aug. 23rd - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Aug. 24th - Mumford & Sons
Confirmed artists: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Hey Rosetta!, Dan Mangan, Willy Mason, Bear's Den, more to be announced
 
Troy, Ohio
Aug. 30th - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Aug. 31st - Mumford & Sons
Confirmed artists: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason, Bear's Den, more to be announced
 
Guthrie, Okla.
Sept. 6th - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Sept. 7th - Mumford & Sons
Confirmed artists: Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason, Bear's Den, more to be announced
 
St Augustine, Fla.
Sept. 13th - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Sept. 14th - Mumford & Sons
Confirmed artists: fun., The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason, Bear's Den, more to be announced

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