Mumford & Sons Are Coming Back To Australia And They're Bringing Friends

Written By Sam Murphy on 07/03/2015

Mumford & Sons haven't toured Australia since 2012 but they're finally coming back this year with a new album Wilder Mind in hand. As always, though, a Mumford & Sons tour is not just your normal tour. The British lads are bringing along a handful of brilliant artists in their own right to support for them on different dates.

The Vaccines, who will also be here for Splendour In The Grass this month, will join the band on all three dates of their east coast tour, while Future Islands will support them in Melbourne and Meg Mac will join the fun in Brisbane.

Mumford & Sons have been bringing their Gentlemen Of The Road stopover festival to small towns in the US and the UK, delivering lineups that have included the likes of My Morning Jacket, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow and Primal Scream. Now, it's our turn.

They have decided to bring that festival to Sydney's The Domain for one day and the lineup is pretty phenomenal. Mumford & Sons will, of course, play alongside international acts Jake Bugg, The Vaccines and Future Islands and local heroes Meg Mac, The Jungle Giants and Art Of Sleeping.

Here are a few reasons to get excited about each of the acts. Jump to the bottom to check out all the tour details.

Mumford & Sons

Following their Grammy-winning second record Babel, Mumford & Sons have ditched the banjos and gone big on their third record Wilder Mind. It's a bold, bulky rock record that introduces a new element to the band while retaining their original charm. Their headline set at Bonnaroo this year showed that they are nothing but a headline band. Below is a clip of the band playing a cover of The Beatles A Little Help From My Friends with just a few of their friends like Ed Helms, My Morning Jacket and Hozier.

UPDATE: Mumford & Sons have dropped a live video for their new single Tompkins Square Park if you want a taste of exactly what you're in for when you see them:

Future Islands

These guys need very little introduction. The Baltimore alt-rock group had a massive year last year of the back of our number two single of 2015 Seasons (Waiting On You). They played Splendour In The Grass in 2014 and returned for Laneway Festival earlier this year. Frontman Samuel Herring is an absolute beast on the stage, making a name for himself as one of the most outgoing, personable performers of this generation. Their recent Glastonbury set showed that after more than a year of intense touring they have lost none of that energy.

Jake Bugg

At the ripe age of 21, Jake Bugg has already released two albums and is eyeing a third. The rock n' roll soul won over most of Australia when he played his debut performance at Splendour In The Grass in 2013, so much so that he returned less than a year later selling out shows on a headline tour. This time he's just bringing his guitar for an acoustic set in Sydney that will no doubt see the singer test out a few new tunes.

The Vaccines

These British lads obviously have a bit of a love affair with Australia. They haven't even touched-down for Splendour In The Grass yet and they're already planning to come back with Mumford & Sons. They just released their third album English Graffiti and have already played some spectacular festival sets including a Glastonbury slot that went down a treat. They're sleek yet raucous, melodic yet chaotic and they're one of the only true rock bands left. You have two chances to see them this year - don't screw it up.

Meg Mac

Mac may be a local girl but she's about to become one of the country's most successful exports. Although she hasn't released any new material this year she's been busy touring around, impressing overseas catching the attention of many industry-folk at SXSW. She's just finished touring with soul god D'Angelo and will be very well-practiced by the time Splendour comes around.

The Jungle Giants

This Brisbane foursome are about to release their sophomore LP Speakerzoid? (Yep, it's a made-up word) and will head out on a month long tour in September so they have their work cut out for them for the rest of the year. Aussie audiences love these guys and though they may not have Grammys they do have plenty of charisma and will easily hold themselves alongside some huge acts.

Art Of Sleeping

In two weeks time Brisbane's Art Of Sleeping will drop their debut album, giving them plenty of material to bring to the Gentlemen Of The Road stage. They're heading out on tour with The Jungle Giants soon but they have been playing their own headline shows and melting hearts. Their folk-rock sound closely aligns them to Mumford & Sons and as such, they're a perfect addition to the mini-festival.

Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind Tour

Tickets on sale Wednesday 8th July (pre-sale on 7th July if you sign up to Secret Sounds mailing list)

Saturday, 7 November
w/ The Vaccines and Meg Mac
Riverstage, Brisbane
Tickets here.

Thursday, 12 November
w/ Future Islands and The Vaccines
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Tickets here.

Special All Day Event Presented By Gentlemen Of The Road

Saturday, 14 November
w/ Jake Bugg (acoustic), Future Islands, The Vaccines, Meg Mac, The Jungle Giants, Art Of Sleeping
The Domain, Sydney
Tickets here.