Hours before taking the stage for Coachella's second night, Mumford & Sons were feeling humbled. "This is going to be the biggest show we will have ever played, which I only found out a couple days ago," frontman Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone. "It's kind of strange, playing a gig like this after only one album. We're very lucky and blessed." (Above, watch excerpts from our interview with Mumford & Sons.)
He added: "We didn't know we were on the main stage. It's quite scary, but fun. We're lucky that we're on at 8:30, after sundown. If we had to play in this heat we would struggle."
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The British folk-rockers hoped they could rely on their road-tested set to captivate the huge desert crowds. "We attack pretty much every gig the same way, whether it's a small club gig or a big festival," said bassist Ted Dwane. Added Mumford: "We're just going to play our normal set, and approach it like any other gig, and enjoy it – a bunch of songs from [debut LP] Sigh No More and a bunch of new songs, and see how it goes."
Some of the new tunes played at Coachella may end up on the band's second album, which they hope to record later this year. "We're really enjoying playing the new songs," Mumford said. "In fact, they're my favorites to play right now."
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Mumford & Sons have more touring ahead before they hit the studio. Next week on April 21st, they will travel to Oakland to kick off their six-date Railroad Revival Tour with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. "We like to keep the live thing going, because that's what we love the most," said Mumford. "We're not the kind of band that can close ourselves off to make this masterpiece record. We really find it helpful to play the songs live, so this is the best kind of preparation to record a new album."