Mumford and Sons: Arenas Are Hard
24 September 2012, 14:25 | Updated: 3 September 2013, 10:45
Ben and Winston from Mumford & Sons have admitted to Radio X that they are nervous ahead of their first ever UK arena shows.
The band – whose long awaited second album Babel was released today – also announced today their upcoming Tour of Two Halves, which will see them play several small theatre shows in towns they've never been to in November before headlining arenas for the first time in this country in December.
Speaking to Radio X backstage ahead of their headlining set at iTunes Festival, Winston and Ben from the band admitted they admire bands who do the massive shows.
"We've done only five ever I think," Winston explained. "We did three in Canada, one in Portland, Oregon and one in Amsterdam and it was quite difficult. Big respect to bands who do arenas because, it's a big space to fill."
"It's hard to connect but it's also kind of epic and a part of us always wanted to achieve those things," Ben added.
The arena half of the tour will see them take in eight of the massive venues – and for Ben there is one in particular he is looking forward to.
"I've always wanted to play MEN. The MEN on that tour is the one that's going to be a really big deal. For me anyway."
Listen to the full interview below:
The tour dates are:
21st November - Princess Theatre, Torquay
22nd November - Guildhall, Portsmouth
23rd November - Regent Theatre, Ipswich
25th November - Caird Hall, Dundee
26th November - The Sands Centre, Carlisle
27th November - Venue Cymru, Llandudno
4th December - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
5th December - SECC, Glasgow
7th December - LG Arena, Birmingham
10th December - Arena, Manchester
11th December - O2 Arena, London
13th December - CIA, Cardiff
15th December - Odyssey Arena, Belfast
16th December - The O2, Dublin
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (September 28).