Mumford and Sons gig in Lewes could attract crowds of 25,000


The visit to Lewes this summer by world famous band Mumford and Sons has been the main talking point in the county town since the news broke last week.

The award-winning foursome will perform at the Convent Field with Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines and Mystery Jets on July 19 and 20 as part of their Gentlemen Of The Road Tour.

Event organisers plan to apply for a licence to cover approximately 20,000-25,000 people.

A spokesperson for Lewes District Council enthused about the musical coup.

They said: “We’re excited about the event and everything is in place and ready to deal with the licensing application, which is expected next week.

“We’ve got a team of officers with experience of working with the organisers of big events like Lewes Bonfire and the Olympic Torch Relay.”

They continued: “The only unusual thing here is the sheer size and reputation of a Grammy award-winning band, which may have caused a few people to get hot under the collar.

“There is a tension between attracting an event that promotes the District and carrying out our role as a Licensing Authority, but we can do both.”

Since news broke of the Mumford and Sons gig – the only UK stopover of the tour – the council has been contacted by local businesses keen to make the most of the event.  

The band have indicated they want to get the whole town involved and make sure it’s a superb weekend for the entire community.  Tickets have been selling particularly well.

Organisers have made thousands available via local outlets to support the town’s businesses.

The council spokesperson continued: “We expect an application for an event licence within the next few days. 

“Once the formal application is received a 28-day consultation period begins when the public will be able to comment on the application.

“There is nothing unusual in an event being publicised and promoted in advance of a licence being granted, that’s just the way things happen with big events.”

The council will be consulting with Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue on public safety issues.

All the safety and emergency plans for the event will go before an independent panel of safety experts for their approval.

The event organisers have been in talks with local landowners to use land adjacent to the Convent Field for camping, and local accommodation providers are already heavily booked for that weekend.

A spokesperson for Lewes District Council added: “We are dealing with a very good event management company that has a proven track record of delivering big events that are safe, hugely popular, very enjoyable and bring benefits to the whole area.”

Mumford and Sons led the way for British acts at this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, picking up the most coveted prize of the night – the album of the year award for Babel.

The London folk-rock band was formed in December 2007.

They amazingly chose the county town as the only gig they will play in the UK during the forthcoming Gentlemen Of The Road Tour, because of the town’s unique character.