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Mumford and Sons to Perform at the White House

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Mumford & Sons are set to play at the White House during a state dinner for President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister handpicked the London folk quartet for tonight’s (March 14) festivities.

Joining Mumford & Sons is R&B crooner John Legend, who was personally invited by Obama. About 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event that is being held in honor of Cameron’s visit to the U.S. The two world leaders were in Dayton, Ohio, last night to witness an incredible comeback by Western Kentucky as they beat Mississippi Valley State in an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game.

Cameron’s musical preferences have leaned towards Hipsterville over the last few years. The politician has publicly shared his admiration for artists like the Smiths, Gorillaz, Radiohead and Lilly Allen. He even gave Obama albums from the aforementioned acts as gifts when they met in July of 2008.

Not everyone is happy with Cameron sharing what’s on his iPod. Both Morrissey and Johnny Marr criticized the conservative party leader when they found out he was a Smiths fan.

“It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another,” Morrissey posted on his fan site. “However, with fitting grimness I must report that David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either ‘Meat Is Murder’ or ‘The Queen is Dead’ were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence.”

Marr tweeted, “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.” Marr also joked at the NME Awards that he would reform the 80’s alt icons if the current British government relinquished their power.

Mumford & Sons will make the trip to Austin, TX this Saturday for SXSW, where their Big Easy Railroad Express documentary will be shown. Check out’s guide for everything SXSW here — it’s like being at the festival but without the hangovers and Tex Mex.

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