Report: Mumford & Sons booted from Clermont

Mumford & Sons, who are not related to Sanford & Son, perform at Centennial Park before causing trouble at the Clermont. (Photo by Robb Cohen)

Mumford & Sons, who are not related to Sanford & Son, perform at Centennial Park before stirring up trouble at the Clermont. (Photo by Robb Cohen)

It doesn’t take much to get booted from the Clermont Lounge.

If memory serves, I was once asked to leave for telling Blondie the truth about poetry.

Mumford & Sons, perhaps the most reviled successful band in the world, was ejected from the Ponce strip club Tuesday night, according to TMZ. There’s even a grainy non-action video.

Anonymous “strip club sources” say things went awry for the British folk pop act when — after performing hours earlier at Centennial Park – singer Ben Lovett took to the lounge’s karaoke stage and began singing the songs he should be tired of already.

His bandmates whipped out their cellphones and began shooting video, which is pretty much a no-no in any strip club I have woken up in.

The mood really turned sour when the DJ turned down the music and told everyone to put their phones away. This allegedly “ruined” Lovett’s performance and the band began cussing out the strip club staff.

They were in such a hurry to get out of there that someone tripped over a banjo and accidentally wrote the next Mumford & Sons album, according to some reports.

46 comments Add your comment

jeffrey lebowski

September 12th, 2013
8:24 am

tripped over a banjo…, heck thats a double live album for these wankers.

Say what?

September 12th, 2013
8:25 am

They’re lucky they didn’t get their asses kicked. They don’t play that at the lounge.

Tomahawk Holmes

September 12th, 2013
8:26 am

I heard they were researching for the new album… a concept piece about overweight dancers with C-section scars.


September 12th, 2013
8:32 am

You mean the HEROIN HILTON….as has been commonly referred to. The surrounding area is filled with the ghost of many Bodies found as result of Heroin overdoses who were frequent and regular customers..


September 12th, 2013
8:35 am

The article makes no sense. Singing songs he should already be tired of? Tripped over a banjo and accidentally wrote next album? Guess I’m on the outside looking in on this one.

Rodney Ho

September 12th, 2013
8:43 am

@Doc My buddy George was using a little poetic license, so to speak…


September 12th, 2013
8:47 am

So George, in how many strip clubs have you woken up?


September 12th, 2013
9:02 am

Thank you! This snark has made my day! :D

dick whiskey

September 12th, 2013
9:09 am

who is mumford and son?


September 12th, 2013
9:43 am

Are you sure they tripped over the banjo or did their shoes stick to the spooge covered floor? That place is disgusting!


September 12th, 2013
9:45 am

Don't Tread

September 12th, 2013
10:07 am

It doesn’t take much to get booted from the Clermont Lounge, but it takes a boatload of gag reflex suppression to want to go in there.

Nude Club Regular

September 12th, 2013
11:15 am

The Clermont is a legendary treasure of Atlanta! Keep in mind the dancers were hot 30 years ago! The beer is still cold.


September 12th, 2013
11:22 am

Funny, and I’m sure some material will come of this.

Kids, if you like string music, go see Yonder Mtn String Band or the Infamous Stringdusters. Mumford are hacks in comparison.


September 12th, 2013
11:25 am

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think fathers should go to strip clubs with their sons. It’s sets a bad example.


September 12th, 2013
11:32 am

This band sucks A$$. I dont see what the craze over them is.There music is terrible

Just Saying...

September 12th, 2013
11:42 am

Wow! A story about a group of WHITE people getting kicked out of a club and not one negative racist comment? No one has called them a THUG. No comment about them feeling ENTITLED and not following the rules. No one questioning their CHARACTER. And not one comment stating that “THIS IS NOT NEWS. WHY ARE YOU REPORTING THIS?” Says a lot (or to be more precise –very little) about all the hypocrites who post on these blogs.

david c

September 12th, 2013
11:42 am

At least no where in this article was this group of posers called a “rock” band.


September 12th, 2013
11:48 am

Just Saying: It’s because they didn’t have their pants pulled down around their a$$es! And, they didn’t shoot anybody either. Jus’ sayin’.


September 12th, 2013
12:16 pm

Keep up the good writing. You have a new fan! Funny stuff!



September 12th, 2013
12:22 pm

agree this band sucks azz,the song little lion man is worse than hearing fingernails on a chalk board

Cancer Breath

September 12th, 2013
12:33 pm

Never heard of you before, George, but I will follow your work now.
Good job.
I have always marveled at how many people I know find the Clermont appealing.
I have nothing bad to say about it, but I can’t say I have plans to go there any time soon.
You may want to add Anthony Bourdain’s “Layover” episode shot in ATL to this article.
It will give your readers who don’t already know a sense of what the Clermont is.
Also, I happen to be a middle class white Southerner, and I agree with Just Saying… above.
Saggy pants aren’t my thing, but I can tolerate them a lot easier than I can ignorant spoiled rednecks posting misspelled hate messages all over this website ad nauseum. It explains everything why everyone outside of the South makes fun of us.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 12th, 2013
1:02 pm

George Mathis is making it happen brilliantly in Atlanta. Kudos, AJC.

Eddie Veddar

September 12th, 2013
1:16 pm

Singing their own songs… in karaoke? That’s about the lamest thing a musician can do.

What’s next? They start performing shows with their own band t-shirts? #LAME


September 12th, 2013
2:20 pm

The same folks who hate them now are probably the same hipsters (insert eye roll) who 4 years ago loved them to the moon and back because they were so “different” and obscure.

I hope that the situation didn’t go down like that and that things are being exaggerated. I would hate to think that this is how they’ve turned out once fame reached them. Remember fame can be taken away from you at any moment and back to obscurity you go.


September 12th, 2013
2:23 pm

It’s been 30 years since I’ve been in the Clermont (and I hid my face as I went in) but, damn! It must be a badge of honor to be kicked out of that place! Wow!!


September 12th, 2013
2:41 pm

Never been kicked out of the Lounge before but 30 years ago I and my buddies had to fight our way out….and my grown daughters had to drag my wife and I out of there 5-6 years was her birthday and she had never been and well its a long story…;


September 12th, 2013
3:08 pm

Funny article George. They are the musical equivalent of Riverdance.

(the other) Rodney

September 12th, 2013
3:19 pm

Bob – you hit the nail on the head. Too true re: the hipsters.

*I* liked them then, and *I* like them now. Of course, I still listen to Portishead from the 90s, so … :)


September 12th, 2013
3:25 pm

That’s my main man DJ Romeo doing his best work!!


September 12th, 2013
3:46 pm

I’m going down there right now!

Rick James

September 12th, 2013
4:03 pm

Blondie should have crushed their heads between her hooters like she does beer cans..


September 12th, 2013
4:39 pm

That’s why I’m going down there right now!

C from Marietta

September 12th, 2013
4:41 pm

“Mumford & Sons, perhaps the most reviled successful band in the world, was ejected from the Ponce strip club ”

Actually, the rock band Rush sold MORE tickets than any other band in 2012 and 2013. Only teenage girls like those sissys.

C from Marietta

September 12th, 2013
4:41 pm

Enter your comments here

C from Marietta

September 12th, 2013
4:49 pm

@Just Saying…

They are not being called thugs because they are sissy white boys.


September 12th, 2013
5:04 pm

True story.

I heard someone at the Clermont yell “get off the stage grandma” to their actual grandmother.

Lover Boy

September 12th, 2013
5:56 pm

Picked up a stripper there in 1978. Spent the night with her in the Clermont motel and dadgum if her German Sheppard didn’t start licking my toes while we were doing the Wango Tango in her bed! Scared me half to death!


September 12th, 2013
7:26 pm

I have a great memory from Clermont. ‘99 – Blondie was sitting on my lap when she mistook a comment I made to a friend as a negative towards her. She said something like “You don’t talk s*** about me!” and punched me in the chest, really hard. I remember my chest still hurting the next day. Ah, good times…


September 12th, 2013
9:28 pm

Shouldn’t these guys (whoever they are) already have groupies and/or hookers?


September 12th, 2013
11:03 pm

Well, the Clermont knows how to book live talent that makes their strippers look good by comparison.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

September 13th, 2013
5:23 am

I love hearing Brits cuss though the Irish have them beat in that category. BTW is Magic City still in business?


September 13th, 2013
8:27 am

Jealous much?


September 13th, 2013
12:13 pm

This is a terribly written article. They’re the Mumford and Sons… pretty sure if they want to video tape sorry fat naked women, or sing at a strip club, or cuss out the really intelligent people who work there, they can haha… obviously people only go there for a good story afterward anyways. Sounds like they got theirs. Yours, however… sucks.


September 13th, 2013
7:26 pm

Bernie31, Your ignorant lies shows you have never been to The Clermont Lounge before, so what’s the real story? You are really just a sexually repressed loner who casts aspersions upon people who you think are below you, right? Thought so.

Willie Lynch

September 16th, 2013
10:32 am

The Clermont is one of the best places to party in Atlanta. It’s a reminder of how much fun Atlanta used to be. Tapas bars and Breweries? I’ll pass.