Some would say you’re not officially a rock band until you’ve been kicked out of at least one club. That being said, when your musical output consists mostly of folk-influenced, lovelorn ballads, such behavior can’t help but seem a tad out-of-character.
Yet, that was the case for the Grammy-winning band Mumford & Sons who apparently found themselves ejected from the Clermont Lounge, a famous strip club in Atlanta, late Tuesday night. The incident in question occurred in the late hours following the band’s performance at the city’s Centennial Olympic Park earlier that evening.
Established back in 1965, the Clermont Lounge has gained attention (some might say notoriety) for its decidedly kitschy set-up and collection of strippers who tend to be more, well, advanced in age. With appearances on Insomniac with Dave Attell, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown The Layover, the club has frequently been cited as a hotspot for adventurous travelers, with famous patrons ranging from Marilyn Manson to Kid Rock.
Mumford & Sons’ visit was certainly memorable, though not exactly in the good way according to the club’s staff. The trouble allegedly began when certain band members, according to one source, began arguing with security over the club’s photo policy.
“They were being rude to security and they were taking pictures and you’re not allowed to take pictures in here,” said a Clermont employee, who wished to remain anonymous. “Apparently there were some words said and someone cursed out the security staff.”
The confrontation reportedly ended with one member being physically detained by security. But ultimately, police were not called to the scene and the band continued onto their next stop at the Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, S.C.
A request for comment from Mumford & Sons’ publicist was not immediately returned. This story was first reported by Starcasm.