Thousands to descend on Guthrie for Mumford & Son's Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival

GUTHRIE, Okla. - Can you hear it yet?

Tens of thousands of people singing along with one of the world's hottest bands -- English folk rock group Mumford & Sons.

It's happening this weekend in Guthrie, Okla. of all places.

Thursday, The Gentlemen of the Road Tour kicked off in the town of 10,000. Organizers expect the three-day festival to triple that number, with estimates as high as 50,000 invading Oklahoma's former Capitol.

The downtown stage opened at 5 p.m, preceding a 5 p.m. Friday kickoff of the "Cottonwood Flats" main stage.

RELATED: Downtown stage lineup (http://bit.ly/18GEgdz)

Guthrie is known for its unique, small-town feel, with Victorian buildings as the backdrop of downtown and has been featured in movies like "Rain Man," "Twister" and "The Killer Inside Me."

Guthrie is one of only five stops scheduled for TGOTR summer tour, only three of which were set for the United States. Mumford & Sons, who first began hosting TGOTR Stopovers in 2012, said they searched for months looking for unique cities that would welcome a music festival "that celebrates local people, food and culture, where everyone pitches in and everybody gets something back."

About 30 bands will have taken over the town by Saturday's end, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Alabama Shakes, who are scheduled to join Mumford and Sons on the main stage.

Mobile users can view the lineup here -- http://bit.ly/Guthriemusic

Campers began moving in Thursday afternoon, with thousands expected to dot the site until 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the festival, including what and what not to bring and a map to the grounds, visit  www.gentlemenoftheroad.com

Event officials said the following items are NOT permitted on the festival grounds at Guthrie:

Coolers
Chairs
Umbrellas
Outside food and beverages
Weapons
Laser pointers
Glow sticks
Professional devices
Pets
Incendiary devices
Camelbacks

One bottle of bottled water will be permitted per guest. Backpacks will be searched. Video or audio recording is prohibited.

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