Mumford & Sons bring Glastonbury jigging to an end

Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:19pm EDT
 
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By Isla Binnie

PILTON, England (Reuters) - British folk band Mumford & Sons brought the annual Glastonbury festival jigging to a close on Sunday, capping three days of music, good-natured mayhem and minimal mud.

The bluegrass-inspired set completed a trio of headline acts after British indie band Arctic Monkeys and veteran rockers the Rolling Stones played to crowds on the site attended by up to 150,000 music fans on Friday and Saturday.

Rain held off over the 900-acre (365-hectare) farm in southwest England, part of the Vale of Avalon in English folklore, where festival organiser Michael Eavis first hosted 1,500 hippies in 1970.

Mumford & Sons' appearance at the festival looked uncertain until last week, when the band said bassist Ted Dwane had recovered from emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

Dwane, distinctive with his full beard and broad-brimmed hat, appeared in fine fettle on Sunday as the four-piece band belted out hits "The Cave" and "I Will Wait".

"We've danced together, we've celebrated the fact that Ted is alive together, shall we sing together, Glastonbury?" frontman Marcus Mumford asked a cheering crowd.

For their final number, a cover of the Beatles classic "A Little Help from my Friends" accompanied by fireworks, Mumford & Sons were joined onstage by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, British group The Vaccines, British acoustic trio The Staves and Swedish duo First Aid Kit.

"It's a great way to end a festival," said Toby Gugolz, 28, from Stevenage in southeast England.   Continued...

 
Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford & Sons, performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris