KINROSS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs headlining Day 1 of the T in the Park festival at Balado on July 12, 2013 in Kinross, Scotland. (Photo by Ollie Millington/WireImage)
I've observed a trend I call "Mumford Fatigue" in folks who aren't the British folkies' most fervent followers. Perhaps Mumford & Sons themselves noticed the same. Or maybe they're just exhausted from a whirlwind three years of releasing two mutli-platinum albums, winning an armload of Grammy Awards, and touring the world with their own two-day festival.
As reported by Billboard, keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone:
There won't be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following [last] Friday's show... It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you're in high school. We have no idea [how long the break will last]. 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... We're just going to rest up... 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. I think that's what's in place at the moment: to do very little, especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons.
The latest round of revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden expose some of the high-profile targets the agency has monitored — and there are some odd names on the list.