Mumford & Sons will be playing two nights at London’s O2 Arena in December 2015.
The shows, on 9 and 10 December, form part of the band’s extensive UK and Ireland tour set to commence on 28 November in Nottingham and wrap at Glasgow’s SSE Arena on 13 December.
The band made the announcement during the encore of their headline set at Reading Festival last night.
The tour marks the band’s first major run of UK and Ireland shows since releasing their third album in May. ‘Wilder Mind’, produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine), marked a departure for the band as they swapped their signature banjo-led folk for a more mainstream rock sound, in the vein of Coldplay and Kings of Leon.
“Towards the end of the ‘Babel’ tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum,” said frontman Marcus Mumford at the time. “When we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It’s as simple as that.”
Despite their revised sound, the band have continued the success begun with their debut album, 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’, which peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts, won the 2010 BRIT Award for Best Album, and picked up six Grammy nominations, on its way to selling over 4 million copies globally by the time the follow-up arrived.
‘Babel’, released in 2012, continued that momentum and sold over 600 000 copies in the US during its first week of release – the highest of the year. Featuring the hits ‘I Will Wait’ and ‘Lover Of The Light’, it went on to win the Grammy for Album of The Year.