Mumford & Sons to play the Eastern Prom

In case you haven't heard the news, the hot British folk rock band Mumford & Sons will be headlining a daylong music festival on the Eastern Promenade on Saturday, Aug. 4. The band chose Portland as one of a limited number of sites for its U.S. "Gentlemen of the Road" tour. All 12,500 tickets for the concert sold out in 25 minutes on June 1.

Friends of the Eastern Promenade will hold a silent auction for a pair of tickets for the show at the July 12 concert in Fort Allen Park. In addition, two pairs of tickets will be given out to new and current FoEP members (see details below).

According to the current festival schedule, gates will open at noon, with music ending at 9 pm. Munjoy Hill will be closed off to non-resident vehicles on the day of the concert, similar to the Fourth of July. No chairs - only blankets - will be allowed inside the site, which will be enclosed by a high security fence. An enclosed beer garden will be monitored by city staff.

The Munjoy HIll Neighborhood Organization provided details on the event for residents at its annual meeting in June. Friends of the Eastern Promenade and the MHNO will host a community forum in the near future to provide further information on the festival.

A portion of the proceeds from the Mumford & Sons concert will benefit Friends of the Eastern Promenade. FoEP and MHNO have submitted letters of support for the festival and are working with the city and the concert promoters to represent the interests of the park and the neighborhood.

Website: Gentlemen of the Road: Portland Stopover