By Sean McEntee

It’s been three years since Mumford and Sons made their first appearance at Lollapalooza, but things aren’t quite the same this time around. Frontman Marcus Mumford could only think one thing upon seeing the size of the stage and the crowd: “Wow, we’re really doing this, huh?”

The journey to this year’s Lollapalooza festival has been an interesting one with a few scares along the way. Bassist Ted Dwane underwent surgery for a blood clot in his brain. “We didn’t really know what was going on, we think it happened during a gig,” Dwane said. “He was a brave little bunny,” Mumford added. “He played to over 100,000 people that week with that thing in his head.”

“We had to reschedule a few gigs, but apart from that all is well,” Dwane said.

Included in the list of rescheduled and canceled gigs was Bonnaroo, but Dwane said it wasn’t an easy decision. “I actually welled up a bit,” he said. But Dwane recovered quickly and the band was able to play the Glastonbury Festival, and decided to put themselves on the list for Lollapalooza. “It was a no brainer, no pun intended,” Mumford joked.

Hailing from West London, Mumford and Dwane said they feel at home in Chicago.

“It’s not just a cheesy thing we say to win people over, it’s just how it feels,” Mumford said. “I don’t think we’ve done anything particularly special to be treated [so well], the people just really embraced us and welcome us to this place.” Lennartz said Mumford and Son’s songs have a tendency to really connect with the audience, but the band doesn’t spend too much time dwelling on why this is.

“We’re trying to stay pure minded with these songs, which means we’re basically in denial all the time,” Mumford said. Rather than overanalyze their own work, the humble Brits took to the streets of Chicago, making an appearance at The Second City before their performance. “It ended up being, without a doubt, the funniest thing I’d ever seen in my life,” Mumford said. “We laughed so hard,” Dwane added. “It was genius, these people were so clever. The two grew up huge Saturday Night Live fans, so this turned out to be a “dream come true” of sorts.

Whether or not you’re at the show, be sure to check out Mumford and Sons on the Red Bull Sound stage tonight at 8.


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