Mumford & Sons’ lead singer Marcus Mumford ‘launching solo career’ – one year after Winston Marshall quit the group
Mumford & Sons’ lead singer Marcus Mumford is launching a solo career, according to a new report.
The star, 35, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, is said to have made his solo announcement while playing at a Spotify bash at a villa in the French Riviera on Monday.
The announcement comes 12 months after banjoist Winston Marshall, 34, quit the group after he was pilloried by a ‘viral mob’ for the ‘sin’ of praising a right wing reporter on social media.
No flame burns forever: Mumford & Sons’ lead singer Marcus Mumford is launching a solo career, according to a new report (pictured May 2022)
Page Six reports that Winston, who shares two children with wife Carey Mulligan, told the party that he was performing new music for the first time, which would be available on Spotify.
A guest told the website: ‘He just said today is day one for his next thing.’
Mailonline has contacted representatives for Marshall and Spotify for comment.
The band’s last album – Delta – was released in 2018 and reached number two in the UK album charts and topped the US Billboard 200. They released single, Blind Leading The Blind in 2019.
Acclaimed: The star, 35, is said to have made his solo announcement while playing at a Spotify bash at a villa in the French Riviera on Monday (pictured with former member Winston Marshall, Ted Dwane and Ben Lovett in 2019)
Mumford & Sons shot to fame in 2009 with the release of debut album, Sigh No More, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200.
Subsequent albums Babel and Wilder Mind both debuted at number one in the UK and US, with Babel becoming the fastest-selling rock album of the decade.
Sigh No More won the band the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2011 and scored six Grammy nominations.
The band were rocked last June with the departure of Marshall.
In a 1,263-word essay on Medium, Marshall described how his ‘innocuous’ endorsement of Andy Ngo’s book on far-Left extremist group Antifa triggered ‘tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments’.
He said he ‘failed to foresee’ his praise of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy ‘could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right’ and feared it would bring his bandmates ‘more trouble’.
Couple: Marcus is married to actress Carey Mulligan – the couple are pictured in May 2022
Goodbye: The band were rocked last June with the departure of Marshall (pictured 2019)
Marshall, who was born and raised in Wandsworth, south London, wrote he could have stayed with the group and ‘continued to self-censor’, but believed it would ‘erode my sense of integrity’.
The folk rock musician was attacked on social media earlier after calling Mr Ngo’s book ‘important’ and describing the US journalist – who has been attacked while covering street clashes – a ‘brave man’.
Following allegations he was ‘endorsing Fascism’ – claims he branded ‘ludicrous’ – band members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane, and their management, reportedly asked him to leave the group.
Despite this, the group posted a message in support of him on Twitter today, saying: ‘We wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man. M, B & T.’
In March the banjoist and guitarist said he was stepping back from the group, leading one critic of cancel culture to write: ‘Never appease the hate mob, you should have stood by your words’.
Best wishes: The band tweeted their well wishes for their former member
Ngo’s (left) book Unmasked claims to expose Antifa – the name for protesters in the US who arrive at far-right marches to oppose them – as a ‘violent extremist movement’. Pictured right: Marshall’s tweet
But he has now said he has quit for good, writing on Medium ‘as long as I am a member of the band, speaking my mind on the evils of political extremism could bring them trouble’.
He wrote: ‘The only way forward is to leave the band. I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.
‘I leave with love in my heart and I wish those three boys nothing but the best. I have no doubt their stars will shine long into the future.
‘I will continue my work with Hong Kong Link Up [buddy system for HK people settling in the UK] and look forward to new creative projects plus speaking and writing on a variety of issues, challenging as they may be.
Blog: Writing on Medium, Marshall said he ‘failed to foresee’ that his praise of the book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy ‘could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right’