Mumford & Sons announce indefinite hiatus

Superstar folk group finish US tour and tell world they plan to 'do very little' and to 'be with other people'

Mumford & Sons have announced an indefinite hiatus. Now the group have completed their year-long world tour, they plan "to take a considerable amount of time off" and "do very little".

"There won't be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future," keyboardist Ben Lovett revealed to Rolling Stone. "That's what's in place at the moment, to do very little – especially when it comes to [the band] … We're just going to rest up."

The folkies' holiday began on Friday night after the final concert on their Babel tour: a show in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The English quartet have been touring almost non-stop since the release of 2009's debut album Sigh No More, which went from UK hit to US blockbuster. Babel, released last year, topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, selling around 2.5m copies in the US alone.

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"I don't think we've had actually much time in the process to be with other people and live a life outside of the band," Lovett said. "I think everyone's excited about being free of schedules ... [We want to] go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."

In June, Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel three concerts when bassist Ted Dwane was found to have a blood clot on his brain. After successful surgery, Dwane and the band returned for a triumphant closing gig at this year's Glastonbury festival.

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