Introducing: Gentlemen Of The Road (A Camping Stopover)
After successful endeavours on the road less travelled throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA, the travelling show known as Gentlemen of the Road is coming to Australia. Organised by none other folk’s finest – Mumford and Sons, the camping stopover festival will take place in the rural NSW town of Dungog, situated in the Hunter Valley, about 3 hours from Sydney and 1.5 hours from Newcastle.
Mumford & Sons, in conjunction with the teams behind the Laneway Festival and Splendour in The Grass, will perform in Gentlemen of the Road (A Camping Stopover) at Dungog Showground NSW on Saturday, 20 October. If you’ve never experienced Dungog, think of the Ning-Nang-Nong (where the cows go bong!) – It’s lush, green hills are almost cartoon like in appearance.
Famous for its annual film festival and not much else, the practically untarnished town is humble, with one school, two pubs and lots of cows. Planned to be a starry night filled with a stellar line-up of both our home grown and international talent, the one-day festival will feature sets from Sarah Blasko, Willy Mason, Matt Corby, Husky, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Yacht Club DJ’s and of course, headlining will be Mumford and Sons.
Mumford and Sons are also setting out on a headlining tour of Australia in the midst of this stopover party to promote their latest album, Babel, set for release September 21st -which will mean that Australians will be among the first to hear the band’s freshest tracks live. The brand new single ‘I Will Wait’ debuted earlier this week.
An original concept by Mumford and Sons which debuted it’s run in the U.K this June, the band are keen to test the waters down under and flood our rural town of Dungog with beautiful music, food and good times:
The band say: “The Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favourite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them. We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”
There will be plenty of public transport available to and from the event, as well as camping options, with tickets available from August 15th .Head to www.gentlemenoftheroad.com for upcoming details on the event and to purchase your tickets!
Tagged Babel, Dungog Showground, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gentlemen of the Road, Husky, I Will Wait, Laneway Festival, Matt Corby, Mumford and Sons, Sarah Blasko, Splendour in the Grass, triple j, Willy Mason, Yacht Club DJs