Mumford & Sons bringing Gang of Youths out on tour (again!)

We had a feeling these two bands really hit it off a few months ago while touring across Europe, and that sure seems to be the case after today’s news: Gang of Youths is touring again this fall with Mumford & Sons.

M&S just announced its Delta Tour US & Mexico 19 — a run of eight new shows in the U.S. and Mexico happening between September 16 and October 11. M&S also has a few festival appearances booked in that same timeframe.

It’ll begin Sept. 16 at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. (How’s this for a coincidence: When GOY opened for Foo Fighters last year, that tour also began at Talking Stick Arena. Crazy, right?) From there, the two bands will head to San Francisco and then south for three shows in Mexico. Those will be Gang of Youths’ first time performing in Mexico. From there, it’s back to the U.S. for shows in Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 28. But you can get early access to pre-sales on June 27 by registering before tomorrow night. See the Mumford & Sons live page for details and links to pre-register.

As we wrote last month after the two bands’ European tour ended, it was clear that they really got along, so it’s no surprise that Mumford has invited GOY to join them again. From what we could see across social media, that tour was a big boon for GOY — introducing them to a lot of new fans. I’m expecting the same when they hit the road again in Sept./Oct. Heck, it’s already happening now — M&S introduced these new tour dates by posting a great video of their collaboration with GOY on “Blood” from the Stockholm show earlier this year. It’s only been a few hours, and that video on M&S’ YouTube channel already has ~10,000 views.

And keep an eye on this: This year’s Austin City Limits festival is scheduled for the weekends of October 4-6 and October 11-13. Gang of Youths has all those days open, except for the Oklahoma City show on October 11. Mumford & Sons is playing the ACL on October 6 & 13 … don’t be surprised if Gang of Youths, which played a fantastic set there last year, does it again this October.

(Photo courtesy Bas Jansen for DeepestSighs.com.)

7 Years Ago Today: Gang of Youths’ First ‘Proper’ Concert

It was seven years ago tonight that Gang of Youths played what’s considered its first “proper” gig.

It happened on June 21, 2012, in Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney, at a venue called Hibernian House. GOY was one of two acts that were opening for Tigertown* — the other was The Falls. Tickets were just $10 and GOY was first to go on stage at 6:15 pm. I only know that because it’s mentioned in GOY’s first-ever Facebook post a week earlier to promote the show:

GOY’s set got a short write-up on the website Aussie Playlist, where the author very presciently called them “a band to watch.”

The first act to hit the stage was Gang of Youths, playing their first proper gig. With the room not as packed as the band deserved, they proceeded to get things rolling in what turned out to be a powerful and emotional set. Gang of Youths delivered a pretty cool guitar dominated sound, complete with some sexy harmonies, and some driving beats thrown in just to give the guitars some context. They didn’t hold back on the theatrics either, with frontman David Leaupepe putting on a stomping good show up the front. These guys will definitely be a band to watch.

I don’t see an author’s name on that review, but s/he pretty much nailed it, don’cha think?

Happy first-proper-gig anniversary, GOY. Cheers to many more!

*We should mention that Tigertown’s drummer at the time was Kurt Bailey, who is now Gang of Youths’ manager. You can see Kurt and the band in this CMJ video from 2013.

Bushstock Festival explains why Gang of Youths’ gig was canceled

Bushstock Festival organizers have explained the events that led to the cancellation of Gang of Youths’ scheduled performance this past Saturday night in London.

In a letter sent to attendees who had inquired about ticket refunds, and also shared with Deepest Sighs, the festival apologized for having to close The Courtyard stage at K West Hotel and blamed a “faulty power supply” that made the stage unsafe for performers and fans alike.

At around 6pm we had no option but to close the stage due to a serious technical issue affecting the electrical supply to the stage. The source of the issue was traced to a faulty power supply unit that was part of the venue we hired from K West Hotel. This meant that the stage and the surrounding area could not be guaranteed to be safe for performers, staff or you – our customers. We therefore had to make the very difficult decision of closing the stage immediately. We did this in careful consultation with the artists, their crew and an electrician. The safety of customers, crew and artists is, and will always be, our number one priority.

We were able to reschedule or relocate all affected performances apart from APRE and Gang Of Youths. Despite us and the bands doing everything we could to find an alternative solution together, it just wasn’t technically possible. They were as gutted as we were that it couldn’t happen.

That explains what some attendees said on Twitter during the confusion Saturday night, with one specifically referencing an “electrical fault” as the reason fans were told to leave the area. Later in the evening, Gang of Youths issued an apology that also cited safety concerns at the venue. The band later spent time talking to fans and even handed out free vinyl copies of Go Farther In Lightness.

With some fans having traveled all the way from Australia to see the festival, it’s understandable that they’d be upset by the cancellation and hopeful to get a refund of the cost of their festival tickets. But in the email, festival organizers said no refunds will be given. “As per the T+C’s you will have received from your point of purchase, festival line-ups are always subject to change, and this can happen for a variety of reasons, so we will not be able to offer refunds.”