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article imageMumford & Sons top shortlist for indigO2 UK Festival Awards

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 13, 2010 in Entertainment
The British indie folk band, Mumford & Sons, has topped the shortlist for the seventh UK Festival Awards, by being nominated in four separate categories.
The news comes hot on the heals of the band narrowly missing out – to the xx – on this year's Mercury Music Prize. The four nominations for which they've been shortlisted are "Anthem of the Year", "Breakthrough Artist", "Headline Performance" and "Virtual Festivals Critics’ Choice".
Speaking to Music Week, James Drury, the UK Festival Awards managing director, said:
The public response to this year’s UK Festival Awards has been phenomenal. We’ve had over 300,000 votes so far, which goes to show just how much the British public cares about festivals. The awards is about celebrating the hard work which goes into producing such an incredible array of events each year, and it certainly seems festival-goers are keen to share their appreciation in great numbers.
Mumford & Sons are a British indie folk rock band, consisting of Marcus Mumford, "Country" Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane. Formed out of London's folk scene in 2007, their debut album, Sigh No More, was released in the UK in October 2009, and in the US in February 2010.
In 2010, on the first day of the Glastonbury music festival, Mumford & Sons took festival-goers by storm with their set on the John Peel Stage.
They then went on to perform on the NME/Radio One Stage at the Leeds and Reading festivals before making a triumphant return to T in the Park, headlining exactly one year after being the first band to play the same tent – the King Tuts Wah Wah Tent – in 2009.
The 2010 UK Festival Awards will take place in London, on 18 November, at the indigO2.
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