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Mumford and Sons to play one-off Highland festival

By Philip Murray

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Mumford and Sons will headline the one-off festival
Mumford and Sons will headline the one-off festival

GRAMMY winners and Glastonbury headliners Mumford and Sons are to headline a one-off festival in the Highlands this summer, thanks to the efforts of RockNess’s co-founder.

Inverness man Robert Hicks, who also helped programme the Belladrum Festival, announced the chart-topping act’s surprise performance yesterday.

The band, who release their third album "Wilder Mind" in May, will bring their touring Stopover Festival to the Dell of Rothiemurchus at the end of July.

The Stopovers, which have been running for three years, have previously taken in shows in Australia, the USA and Canada.

Other acts confirmed for the Rothiemurchus dates include Primal Scream and Ben Howard,

Mr Hicks said: "We are overwhelmed that Mumford and Sons have chosen the Highlands, and in particular Aviemore as the only UK and indeed, European leg of their touring Stopover Festival.

"This is a unique opportunity for the Highlands to shout about what an incredible place we live in.

"Being announced alongside Stopovers being staged across the US and Australia bringing us a truly global audience.

"This is a real highlight for me, having worked with Mumford and Sons since they toured the Highlands back in 2009 and numerous times since."

The two-day arts and music festival will run on 31st July and 1st August. Other acts confirmed for the two days include The Maccabees, Simian Mobile Disco, Lianne La Havas, King Charles, Jack Garratt, and Honeyblood. Further acts are promised.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets. They are also available in person from The Ironworks in Inverness.

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