By Zachary Swickey
The charming folk collective Mumford & Sons have a busy schedule this summer with a slew of overseas festival appearances, and last night they got the opportunity of a lifetime at a Dutch music festival when Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen invited them to join him onstage.
Last night, both acts performed at the Netherlands’ iconic Pinkpop Festival and Spingsteen asked the rising group to join him onstage for his hit “Hungry Heart” during the encore of his lengthy 23-song set.
Additionally, Mumford & Sons revealed during their own headlining set at the fest that they have finished recording the follow-up to their breakthrough debut Sigh No More – the ‘09 double platinum that catapulted the group to fame and even garnered two Grammy noms.
Frontman Marcus Mumford told the crowd that work on the new album is complete, while keyboardist Ben Lovett said it would drop September 24. The group neglected to mention an album title for the release.
Meanwhile, the British folk group has a new song appearing on the soundtrack to Pixar’s newest animated film, “Brave,” which hits theaters on June 22. Mumford and Co. provided the music for the song, while English newcomer Birdy provided the vocals for the track.
“It’s quite fun doing a song for a movie rather than for an album. We liked the idea of having an orchestra in the background and having a girl like Birdy sing – it’s been quite liberating,” frontman Marcus Mumford said of the new tune.
Check out Mumford’s performance with The Boss after the jump.