Get ready to party, Lewes. Mumford & Sons are determined to make next weekend one they can be proud of – and one the town will always remember.
The world-acclaimed band seem to have embarked on a love affair with the county town.
It’s quirky, fun and full of history – all the elements the Mumfords are looking for as they embark on their eighth Stopover tour.
Two likeable lads from the stellar group joined me following their visit to Harveys Brewery to launch Lewes Stopover Brew, created to mark their forthcoming concert.
Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane described how much they were looking forward to performing at the Convent Field.
“We want to engage with the whole town. It’s a party and we want everyone to be as up for it as we are,” they said.
As Lewes gears up for the two-day Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover, hosted by Mumford & Sons. on July 19 and 20, the district and town councils, local businesses and emergency services are working together to ensure visitors and residents alike can get the most out of the Stopover.
Lewes District Council is co-ordinating a host of fringe events supported by Lewes Town Council and sponsors Harveys, Bill’s, Sussex Sports Cars and Starfish Music. Details are available on the Gentlemen of the Road (GoTR) Lewes Stopover site here [http://www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/lewes/news/].
Listings, a handy map, and information about pubs, restaurants and other attractions and activities in the town and around the district will also be published in a free Lewes Stopover Guide, produced jointly by the district council and Viva Lewes magazine. It is available from today (Friday) at Lewes Tourist Information Centre and usual Viva Lewes outlets. The guide will be handed out to festival goers as they arrive and by volunteer guides around the town over the weekend.
Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the festival, including many local residents.
Cllr James Page, Leader of Lewes District Council, said, “I’m delighted Mumford & Sons have chosen to stopover in Lewes and I hope they and all the visitors they bring will fall for its charms and want to visit again. There’s a lot for residents to enjoy too, so I hope everybody can get into the spirit of it, and bear with the temporary disruption. Attracting this many new visitors to such a high profile event can only be good for the economy and life of the town.”
Lewes Priory ruins will be closed to the public from today (Friday) and the Convent Field and the playing field will be closed from Sunday, so the site can be secured and set-up. They will reopen on Wednesday, July 24.
Visitors will start arriving next Friday morning, with the action getting under way at 5pm and continuing until 11pm. On the Saturday, there will by music from 12noon until midnight. Fringe events kick-off with a five-a-side football tournament, in which Mumford & Sons and other bands will compete, at The Dripping Pan at noon on July 19.
For more information go to www.lewes.gov.uk