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British band Mumford & Sons bringing major festival to area

Mumford & Sons will bring its 2013 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour to Troy on Aug. 30 and 31, the band’s bass player Ted Dwane told us today.

The Miami County community is one of five stopovers in the band’s festival-like series that includes performances in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. The concert will be at Troy Memorial Stadium.

Dwane said his band’s small-town stopover concerts are all about “making people feel really welcome, making it a great, positive atmosphere.”

The stopovers include a Friday night concert followed by an all-day Saturday event headlined by Mumford & Sons and featuring other music acts.

“It shouldn’t feel like an invasion. It should feel like a collaboration,” Dwane said before a performance in Boston Tuesday. “We are really excited Troy is up for it.”

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday and are $109. Tickets can be purchased at the tour’s page. Three-night camping passes are $40 per person and can be purchased along with tickets.

About 20,000 fans are expected to participate in the festivities. The London-based band incorporates local vendors and local businesses will be used.

Troy council president Marty Baker said the city’s size, layout and location on the Great Miami River helped it land the concert.

The city has about 25,000 residents.

“It is an exciting opportunity for Troy,” Baker said. “It will have a major impact on the city.”

Officials contacted their counterparts in cities where the tour has been in the past and received positive feedback.

Baker expects festival-goers to use area local lodging, restaurants and other amenities.

She admits she didn’t know much about the band before its team scouted the city last year. Her children were fans, and Baker has since become one.

“I think it is really good music, and I think it appeals to a cross-section of ages,” she said.

Roughly four yet to be determined bands will play Friday night. Eight or so will play the second day, Dwane said.

Bands already announced include Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros; Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason and Bear’s Den.

Troy Main Street is expected to share more details about the event, as well as projected economic impact, at a news conference Wednesday.

Mumford & Sons released its second album, “Babel,” in September. It was the follow-up to 2009’s Grammy-winning “Sigh No More.”

The band formed in 2007 and includes lead singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett on keyboards, accordion, drums, Winston Marshall on banjo, guitar, resonator guitar and Ted Dwane on string bass, drums, guitar.

The group’s hits include “I Will Wait,” “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave”

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