Mumford and Sons wrapped its last gig supporting 2012's Babel in Bonner Springs, Kansas on Friday night and will embark on what the band frames as an indefinite hiatus.
According to Rolling Stone, the equation of Mumford and Sons' relentless tour schedule since the release of 2009's Sigh No More, the added pressure of arena-sized gigs following the release of Babel and an unsettling health issue, a blood clot, that plagued bassist Ted Dwane might have played into the quartet's decision.
Keyboardist Ben Lovett told the magazine, "There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show."
When asked what timeline the band was considering for their hiatus, Lovett was vague. "We have no idea," he said. "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. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of . . . I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules."
"We’re just going to rest up," continues Lovett. "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."