As if brand new music and lifestyle festival The Long Road wasn’t already shaping up to be an amazing weekend celebrating the rise of country music in the UK, they’ve only gone and announced CARRIE UNDERWOOD as Saturday night’s headliner! I’m freaking out.
The fact that one of country music’s biggest stars is performing at a brand new UK country music festival is so so exciting
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!”
Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film and propelling her to international stardom. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. She will release her new studio album, Cry Pretty – which features the hit lead single of the same name – on 14th September, a few days after her performance at The Long Road, so perhaps we can hope for a few new songs in the set?
Underwood joins a long list of acts from across the country, Americana and roots spectrum already confirmed for the 3-day event including The Shires, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy, Ward Thomas, Joshua Hedley, Charlie Worsham, Elizabeth Cook, Danielle Bradbery, American Young and many more.
Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, and curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, authentic down home cookin’ and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.
The festival has also partnered with an array of organisations including BBC Music Introducing, who will host a stage fronted by presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris showcasing a selection of up and coming country and Americana acts. Harris will also broadcast tracks from the festival on his weekly country show, which airs every Thursday at 8pm on BBC Radio 2. The Birthplace of Country Music, The Bluegrass Situation (BGS), The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, will also all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase an array of international talent.
The full line-up to date is as follows:
Lee Ann Womack
The Lone Bellow
The Wood Brothers
The Wandering Hearts
Folk Soul Revival
Ferris & Sylvester
William The Conqueror
Danny and The Champions of the World
Two Ways Home
Jess and The Bandits
The Long Road will take place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. Day tickets start at £45*, Weekend No Camping tickets at £90* and Weekend Camping tickets start at £110* (*plus booking fees). Ticket prices correct at time of announcement.
Tickets are available from www.thelongroad.com or through direct links on my social media pages.