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Mumford and Sons bringing tour to Waverly

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Waverly this summer when Mumford and Sons brings their "Gentlemen of the Road" tour to town.

The two-day festival will be held on the Wartburg College campus June 19-20.

"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we are so excited to be a partner in making this happen,” Graham Garner, Wartburg's vice president for marketing and communication, said in a written statement. “Waverly is a wonderful community, and Wartburg is proud to call it home. We are ideally situated to host a festival of this nature, not just because of our great location, but because the people here know how to serve and lead to make good things happen.”

Joining Mumford and Sons will be My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, Blake Mills and JEFF The Brotherhood.

My Morning Jacket will be the Friday headliner, with Mumford and Sons headlining on Saturday.

“We are excited to welcome the more than 35,000 people who will be coming to our community to attend this great musical event,” Travis Toliver, executive director of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, said in a written statement. “We know they will find Waverly is a welcoming city full of great people and places to eat, shop and play. We are committed to making this a successful event for our community, our residents and our guests.”

In a statement about the tour, Mumford and Sons said,  “The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in buses 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.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, March 6 at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets.

The other U.S. stops for the festival are Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Walla Walla, Washington and Salida, Colorado.

According to an article in The Decorah Newspapers, Decorah was reportedly being looked at first, but when officials at Luther College could not meet housing requirements for the 250 concert staff members, promoters contacted Waverly.

Luther College told the newspaper that with the quick response required from promoters, they could not resolve concerns related to all the other on-campus programming happening at the same time.

Mumford and Sons is releasing its third studio album, “Wilder Mind,” later this year. It features 12 new tracks and will be in stores May 4; or available to pre-order at www.mumfordandsons.com.

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