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Mumford and Sons Announce Indefinite Hiatus

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One year after releasing the critically and commercially successful ‘Babel’ album, the members of Mumford & Sons are taking a break. It could potentially be a long break, as keyboardist Ben Lovett says there is no band activity planned for the foreseeable future.

Last Friday’s show in Bonner Springs, Kansas was the final scheduled date of a lengthy tour in support of ‘Babel.’ Prior to that performance, Lovett told Rolling Stone about his group’s plans — or lack of plans.

“It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school,” he says.

There’s no indication that the hiatus will be anything but a temporary spell to give the members of the British folk-rock group a chance to rest and catch up on life. It’s been four years of almost nonstop work for Mumford & Sons since breaking through with ‘Sigh No More’ in 2009.

“I don’t think we’ve had, actually, much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band,” Lovett reveals. “I think that’s what’s in place at the moment: to do very little, especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons.”

In February, bassist Ted Dwane indicated he was ready for a break. Dwane underwent successful emergency brain surgery in June.

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