Mumford & Sons: British Band Play At White House

Mumford & Sons treat White House guests to gig

Mumford & Sons treat White House guests to gig

Mumford & Sons have played an impromptu set at the White House after being invited by David Cameron. The British folk band who have taken the UK and now America by storm have come a long way from playing in back rooms at London pubs.

Charity dinner

Cameron who has been in the US and having been invited to a charity dinner at the White House he felt that the evening required a musical accompaniment. Being a big fan of the band he simply asked them to come along.

This is clearly a sign that the band have become much more popular in the States than in the UK, after their album ‘Sigh No More’ has become a permanent fixture on the American music charts.

They were not the only choice of entertainment at the dinner, with Barack Obama inviting souls sensation John Legend to perform to over 1,000 guests. The guest list also contained many prominent British entertainers, who have made it big in the United States, such as Damien Lewis and Sir Richard Branson.

Mumford & Sons are also celebrating the release of their forthcoming documentary with a free show for their fans in Austin, Texas. The documentary follows the band on their Railroad Revival Tour of the US which took place in 2011, with the likes of Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show.

The festival takes place this year in Austin from March 11th to the 20th, which mixes live music with industry conferences. Other acts for this year’s festival include White Stripes’ Jack White, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked And Famous, also performing with will X-Factors Cher Lloyd.

The band recently revealed that they are in the final stages of recording their second album, of which the band premiered material at the Secret Policeman’s Ball in New York on March 3rd 2012. The band played alongside the likes of Coldplay and Russell Brand at the Radio Music Hall in NYC.

Music sales

The last Secret Policeman’s Ball was held in London back in 2008, The charity gala began in 1976, and since it began, has been hosting by the likes of Bono, Sting and Eric Clapton, raising money for the Amnesty International.

After years of concerns with pirated music and illegal downloading it appears as if the music industry is seeing a rise in sales of music-track sales. The number of people who have bought CDs has risen by 2% to 78 million, despite this the big money is associated with digital sales which is making up a bigger part of the market share every year.

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