Sigh No More: Mumford and Sons confirm they will play Glastonbury after bassist Ted Dwane's recent brain surgery


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British folkies Mumford and Sons will take to Glastonbury's main stage this weekend despite bassist Ted Dwane's recent brain surgery.

The musician, 28, was hospitalised while touring in America two weeks ago and underwent an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain. Last week the band said Dwane was "on the road to a full recovery" but his condition cast doubts over their impending headline slot at

The band were forced to postponed three US gigs when Dwane initially fell ill. But keyboard player Ben Lovett told the Radio Times: "To be honest, Ted dealt with the whole thing better than any of us could have imagined and I don't think there is any need to dramatise what was obviously a very dramatic situation.

"All we feel is incredibly grateful and happy that he's going to be OK, and that we're going to get back out on that stage at Glastonbury as four brothers and do what we do."

Mumfords' first appearance at Worthy Farm, Somerset came in 2008, just seven months after the band formed. They will headline the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night.

Lovett said: "To have 1,000 people turn up and sit in a field and watch us play some songs... that completely blew my mind. Each time we play we're slightly out of our comfort zone.

"But that's an inspiration - every time it's just a bit madder than we were expecting. But whenever we tour elsewhere then come back to Glastonbury, it always reminds us how brilliant it is to be British, and what a great British institution it is."

The four-piece band shot to fame with their debut album, Sigh No More, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Mercury Prize. It's follow-up, Babel, went to number one in the UK and the US.

They released a statement earlier this month, saying: "Our friend and bandmate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment."

"The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery."

His release from hospital last week was announced "with great joy" by the band who said the "surgery went well and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress."