Mumford and Sons fans will be able to savour the band’s own ale as they watch them headline a Lewes summer festival later this month.

Frontman Marcus Mumford revealed yesterday the band had teamed up with town brewer Harvey's to produce the Lewes Stopover Brew, which will be on sale at the two-day event.

He said: “We have spent a lot of time thinking about what goes on around the music.”

Ben Lovett added: “They have made ten lines of it – which amounts to ten nine-gallon barrels, or 700 pints.”

The band joked “that should be enough for backstage”.

Brewery Harveys sales and marketing manager Bob Trimm said the band had taken a tour of the brewery a few months ago while planning the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover.

They dropped in the town’s Bridge Wharf Brewery yesterday to help create the draught beer which Harveys will sell at the festival, based on the bottled version the brewery has already created.

He said: “They were really nice guys to work with.

“They put the hops into it and helped mash it down. It will be interesting to taste the end result.”


The Lewes Stopover Brew, which is 4% is described as “a soft golden ale, with the gentle bitterness of Fuggle and Golding hops, best served chilled”.

Mumford And Sons handpicked Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn And The Sussex Wit and The Very Best Soundsystem to play alongside them at Lewes’s Convent Fields on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20,.

The Lewes festival follows Mumford And Sons's Glastonbury's main stage closing slot on Sunday night, and a headline show at Stratford's Olympic Park tonight.

The response after Glastonbury has seen sales of their second album Babel increase by 400% from last week. It is tipped to top of the charts once more on Sunday.

Tickets for the festival cost £75 and are available from

See The Guide, free with The Argus on Friday, July 19, for the full interview with Mumford and Lovett, where they talk about choosing to play Lewes and former Brightonian bassist Ted Dwane's emergency surgery which could have cancelled their summer of shows.