Stage is set for historic Lewes weekend

Undated Handout Photo of Mumford & Sons. See PA Feature MUSIC Mumfords. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Rebecca Miller. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Mumfords.

Undated Handout Photo of Mumford & Sons. See PA Feature MUSIC Mumfords. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Rebecca Miller. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Mumfords.

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The long wait for the biggest music event in the history of Lewes is almost at an end.

The two-day Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover hosted by Mumford & Sons is upon us.

Visitors to the town are due to start arriving this morning (Friday) and the action begins at 5pm.

A crew of workers has been busy this week erecting the stage and public facilities at the Convent Field venue. Now everything is in place for a weekend that will surely live long in the memory.

Some people are still pinching themselves that one of the biggest bands on the planet should choose Lewes as their only UK Stopover of 2013.

Mumford & Sons said it was simply because they liked the vibe of the place. They described a Stopover as “a global series of events in small cities and towns around the world”.

They said the spirit of Stopover was “a music festival that celebrates local people, food and culture, where everybody pitches in and everybody gets something back”.

Among this evening’s acts are British Sea Power and Vampire Weekend.

Mumford & Sons are due to take to the stage at 9pm tomorrow (Saturday). The arena opens at 1pm and the other attractions include The Mystery Jets, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and The Vaccines.

Meanwhile, the multi award-winning foursome will be showing another side to their talents today – on the football field.

They are taking part in a five-a-side football tournament at The Dripping Pan in Mountfield Road, together with other GOTR band teams, Lewes FC, Bonfire United and more. Gates open at 10.30am and the tournament gets under way at 12noon.

Other spin-off events include Lewes Home Grown at Southover Grange Gardens from 8am tomorrow, featuring live acoustic music from BE-ings, Louise Ameldia and Small Shipwrecks.

A street party will be in full swing from 9am tomorrow in Cliffe Precinct with stalls offering a wide range of delicacies and visitors encouraged to play a tune on the busking stage.

A talented bunch of young local bands, curated by Starfish Youth Music, perform at Harveys Yard from 10am, and it’s the venue for a tea dance from 3pm.

For more information on the Mumford weekend go to www.lewes.gov.uk