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Mumford and Sons 'play football a lot' on tour

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Mumford and Sons 'play football a lot' on tour

Mumford & Sons play "football a lot" while on tour.

The folk rock band - compromised of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane - are gearing up for their 'Gentleman of the Road' tour and revealed they'll be taking a ball with them because playing the sport keeps them sane in-between performances.

Speaking about their preparation for the string of dates, Ted said: "The last six weeks have been great, because we've got a few new guys [in the tour crew], and they're wicked and they all like football a lot, which is a relief, because we like to play football quite a lot."

Marcus, 28, insisted they have been focusing on preparing for their tour and not just having a kick about though, explaining they dedicated six weeks to rehearsals to work with the crew to create the best possible show.

He said: "We've spent the last six weeks rehearsing. We bring out instruments and amplifiers and then the guys who help us on stage, our crew, basically have to learn what we want and what we want to hear and then have to reproduce that sound every night we go on tour. It's a massive job. The crew are family, they work unbelievably hard, but we spend every day of our lives with these people."

And while a football is an essential item for the road, Marcus added he will be taking a copy of the new Vaccines album, 'English Graffiti' as well because he thinks it's "massive".

Talking to Absolute Radio's Pete Donaldson, he gushed: "It's amazing. I had it in my car over the weekend, because I begged them for a copy. I listened to it non-stop. It's massive. I'm excited about The Maccabees record as well."

Hear the full interview tonight from 9-10pm. Visit www.absoluteradio.co.uk for more.