Friday night, folks in Bonner Springs, KS saw the last performance anyone is apparently going to see from Mumford and Sons for awhile. Keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone earlier in the week that at the conclusion of the band’s Babel tour, the guys were planning to go on hiatus for what is described as an extended and indefinite length of time.
“There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activity for the foreseeable future,” Lovett told the publication. When asked about the length of the break, Lovett said, “We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that…I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”
Considering that the band have taken very little free time since the release of their 2009 breakout album Sigh No More, and have toured their new record Babel with almost no break (save for a few cancelled dates due to Ted Dwayne’s emergency brain surgery earlier this year), no one can fault the band for wanting a breather. And while the band remain highly popular, they are close at this point to market oversaturation with the public—so the break may actually be timely for the fans, as well, to prevent the band from encountering some unwanted backlash down the road.
From all appearances, Mumford and Sons remains intact, with no evidence that internal struggles might play a role in the hiatus. “We’re just going to rest up,” Lovett told Rolling Stone. “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.”