In a mammoth one day, festival style show, Gentlemen of the Road comes to Auckland, where hosts Mumford & Sons will be joined by special guests Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Fender (with other artists soon to be announced) and will perform on the outerfields @ Western Springs on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Mumford & Sons themselves curate the day’s entertainment with a strong emphasis on celebrating the diverse businesses, culture and community of the city or town that welcomes them.
Mumford & Sons released Delta on November 16 through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records, nearly four years after their previous RIANZ #4 album Wilder Mind.
Joining Mumford & Sons are very special guests Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Fender.
Leon Bridges, the young Fort Worth R&B artist who last performed in New Zealand in January 2016 is touring in support of his latest RIANZ Top 20 album Good Thing (released in May through Sony Music) featuring current single ‘Beyond’.
By now Leon’s backstory is well known; he went from working as a dishwasher and struggling through the open mic scene in his home town to two-time Grammy nominated artist performing at the White House for President Obama, attending the Met Gala and appearing on Saturday Night Live in a two-year span.
Michael Kiwanuka signaled his arrival as one of the UK’s most distinctive new voices in 2012 with his vintage soul imbued debut album, Home Again. It was a voice that sounded both rich and timeless, and the young Londoner received widespread critical acclaim. 2016’s Love & Hate LP was a different beast entirely, produced by Danger Mouse it was one of the year’s great peerless records and picked up support across the globe, earning Michael his first number 1 album in the UK, and his first Brit Award nominations too.
Sam Fender, rising British singer-songwriter and nominated BBC Sound of 2018 artist has been praised for his latest raw and poetic track ‘Dead Boys’, lifted from his forthcoming debut EP. Fender’s lyrics reflect issues both pertinent and pressing, on political and social issues.
Sam embarked on a UK headline tour last October/November before his debut performance in New Zealand.