Friday, 18 September 2015

The Shires & Cam to support Carrie Underwood at Apple Music Festival

Leading UK Country duo THE SHIRES and US newbie Cam to support fellow country superstar Carrie Underwood at Apple Music Festival on Monday 21 September

First Ever Country Night at Apple Music Festival 2015, London 

The Shires continue to have chart success and will support US country music superstars Little Big Town in America!

(Sept 17, 2015) UK Country superstars, The Shires (made up of the beautiful Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle; from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire), who this year became the first ever UK Country act to break the Official UK Top 10 Album Chart, have announced that they will be performing alongside headline act Carrie Underwood and Arista Nasville artist Cam (scroll down for Press details) at this year’s Apple Music Festival London, at the Roundhouse on Monday 21 September 2015.
9 Recordings/Arista Nashville artist Carrie will become the first Country artist to headline at the Apple Music Festival in London. 

"Playing in the UK is always such a thrill! I'm really looking forward to heading back and being a part of such an amazing lineup at this year's Apple Music Festival," said Underwood. "What a unique concert experience, not only for the fans at the Roundhouse, but also for fans across the globe who can stream it live!" Apple will, in fact, broadcast all performances to fans around the world free of charge via Apple Music and in HD with Apple TV. 
Note: Carrie will also appear on ITV’s Loose Women (12:30pm) on the Tues 22nd Sept and will be a guest on an upcoming episode of Ricky Ross BBC Radio Scotland show.

Apple will broadcast all performances to music fans around the world for free, live or on-demand via Apple Music and in stunning HD with Apple TV.
Apple hosted the iTunes Festival in London for eight years and renamed the event after the launch of Apple Music.  This year’s performers previously announced include Carrie Underwood, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, Take That, and Disclosure.
For updates, tickets and additional information visit:
The Shires 
Crissie Rhodes (L) and Ben Earle (R)
The Shires said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be added to the Apple Music Festival London line up. We are huge fans of Carrie, so to be sharing the stage with her will be an incredible experience. Country music is continuing to become more and more popular in the UK, and it’s great that Apple are acknowledging the genre with an evening devoted exclusively to country music at the festival." 

On Facebook they shared: “We are supporting Carrie Underwood at the Apple Music Festival on Monday. It is so exciting that such a huge star like Carrie is coming back to the UK to perform - we can't wait to fly the flag for British Country”.

The Shires will perform at the Apple Music Festival on a night when Country stars from both the UK and the US for one spectacular evening of country music. The show will mark a new date in the UK country music calendar and give fans another chance to see the fast-rising country superstars, The Shires, whose meteoric rise has seen them become one of the biggest breakthrough artists of 2015 and score a Top 10 for their debut album BRAVE which has since gone on to scan SILVER selling over 60,000 copies.

Successful charting British country acts are a very rare commodity, but The Shires fit the bill, and rounded off the week’s Top 10 (dated March 14, 2015) when BRAVE (Decca Nashville) redolent in parts of Lady Antebellum. It opened at No.10 with first week/ pre-order sales of  9,516 copies. 14 Tracks Time: 47:30 BUY: AMAZON UK - UK iTunes - Test Drive on SPOTIFY 
To put that into perspective BRAVE sold more copies in 17 chart frames (45,600) in UK than Grammy Winning CMA nominated Kacey Musgraves SAME TRAILER, DIFFERENT PARK (43,500) in 26 months since its UK April 2013 release.

After 24 chart frames BRAVE sold another 3,928 copies with a official cumulative tally of 59,294 copies and then swept past the 60,000 mark which is enough to earn a Silver Award certification which is administered by The BPI. The album has logged 24 weeks at No.1 atop the Official UK Country Album Chart.
The Shires "Brave" Official UK Top 100 Album Chart 26-week run (beginning week March 14, 2015):

Official Charts Company Chief Executive Martin Talbot said: “This is a fantastic feat by this young British country duo. No country act has ever made this kind of impact on the chart before – it is truly remarkable.”
BBC Radio 2’s “Country King” Bob Harris added: ‘I’ve been doing the country show for 15 years now, and in the whole of that time I’ve never known things to be quite as exciting as they are today.

The Shires were recently made UK Artist of the Year with votes from paid subscribers and radio presenters from Internet radio station Along with Ward Thomas they were also nominated for Duo of the Year but  lost out out to Glasgow duo Raintown. However the consolation prize for England’s spearheading country acts was that they were added to the “guestlist” and got to play to a 55,000 crowd at BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park concert on Sun Sept 13, 2015
The lovely Ward Thomas (L) Bob Harris OBE (centre) &
The Shires (R) at BBC Radio2's Live in Hyde Park 

Setlist: Guest List, Push For the Stride, Friday Night, State Lines, I Ain't Leaving Without Your Love (Striking Matches cover), 'Everywhere' (Fleetwood Mac cover) 
Watch the whole set HERE

FYI: Crissie Rhodes was wearing a lined white sleeveless Free People UK  ankle length maxi gown with mesh detailing which was just perefect for such a special occasion!

Since their Top 10 in March, The Shires have gone from strength to strength, supporting Tom Jones on tour, securing high rotation at BBC Radio 2, and playing Country music’s most important stage: Nashville’s The Grand Ole Opry (June 6th). Whilst in Music City they played The Global Live Show by the Bridgestone Arena during the CMA Festival.
The sound of the summer 2015 was definitely UK country as The Shires also made their debut on the UK festival circuit, performing exclusively across countless high profile festivals including Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Larmer Tree and Camp Bestival.

The Shires will not be taking a rest after their packed summer schedule and plan to go straight back out on the road again,
touring the UK through October. The tour will begin at Bedford Corn Exchange on 1 October and will culminate in a headline show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October. Full dates detailed on the bands official website.

Island Records Jonathan Jeremiah has been confirmed to support The Shires on their tour.

Imagine a young London born singer songwriter working night-shifts for seven years to get the money together to hire legendary brass players, soulful string orchestras, and Questlove, one of music’s most influential figures to drum on five of the tracks, and record them in a little studio in Dollis Hill. Born to an Anglo-Indian father and a Tipperary born Irish-Catholic mother, Jonathan inherited his name from his mother’s brother, a priest, and a boy in love with the idea of the American dream, who died in a car crash in Jefferson City, USA at the age of 23....Read More

The Shires will also support US country music superstars Little Big Town on their PAIN KILLER tour in the USA this year, marking another significant landmark moment in their
domination of the UK country scene and also their rapidly developing profile in the United States. Back in February 2015  The Shires opened for Little Big Town on their UK dates Shepherds Bush Empire, London (Tues 10th Feb) , The Ritz, Manchester (Wed 11th Feb) and at the O2 ABC, Glasgow (Thur 12th Feb).
The band will now support Little Big Town, whose monster hit 'Girl Crush' has dominated the Billboard Charts this year, at key shows including: the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho on 13 November 2015 and also Little Big Town's show in Canada, at the Abbotsford Centre, in British Columbia on the 19 November 2015. 

ICYMI: Nashville superstars Little Big Town were in session on Bob Harris Country (Thurs Sept 17), ahead of the UK release of their record breaking US chart topper "Girl Crush": LISTEN BACK BBC Page

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The Shires UK October National Tour:

The ticket prices for all the venues, apart from London are Standing £14.85 (£13.50 + Fees)-
October dates:
Wed, 14 October 2015 - Empire, Middlesbrough (Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2RT)
Thurs, 15 Oct 2015 -The Leadmill, Sheffield (6-7 Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE)
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 - Roadmender, Northampton (Lady Lane, Northampton NN1 3AH)
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 - The Institute, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DY) Ticketmaster UK
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 - O2 Academy Liverpool (11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool L3 5UF)
Tues, 20 Oct 2015 - J1, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge (Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX)
Thurs, 22nd Oct 2015 - Bath Pavilion, Bath (North Parade Road, Bath, Avon, BA2 4EU)  
Sat, 24th Oct 2015 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (O2 Shepherds Bush Green, London, London, W128TT) - (Presale SOLD OUT) £17.60 (£16.00 + £1.60 fees; Ticketmaster UK

Little Big Town Support Tour:
Nov 12th, 2015 - Adams Center, Missoula, Montana
Nov 13th - Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
Nov 14th - Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Nov 19th - Abbottsford Centre, Abbotsford, Canada
Nov 20th - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Nov 21st - INB Performing Arts Center - Spokane, Washington

Cam to Perform at Apple Music Festival 2015

Arista Nashville/RCA Records singer/songwriter Cam (Camaron Marvel Ochs; known simply as Cam) was also announced to perform at this year’s Apple Music Festival in London. 
Cam attends the 50th Anual

With the news, Huntington Beach, California native Cam shared, “I’ve been hearing from fans in the UK all year over social media and I’ve been looking for a chance to get over there to play for them.  What an incredible opportunity to make my UK debut
at Apple Music Festival!”

The announcement of Cam’s appearance comes in tandem with the growing success of her breakthrough hit, “Burning House,” which vaults into the Top 20 at country radio this week, advancing to #19 and #20 respectively on the Billboard and Country Aircheck country airplay charts.

Cam’s first Top 10 on Billboard’s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Country Songs, “Burning House” this week jumps to #8 as the digital single logs its fourth consecutive week inside the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Digital Songs sales chart.

“Burning House” is featured on Cam’s four-song Welcome to Cam Country (EP) (Sony Music Entertainment) available to download 4 Tracks/ Time: 13:18 UK iTunes - MP3 -  >> Test Drive on SPOTIFY or enjoy on iTunes or listen to on Apple Music.
Cam’s EP and upcoming full-length album are produced by GRAMMY®-winner Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, FUN., The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mikky Ekko), with “Burning House” co-written by Cam, Bhasker, and Johnson.  (Source: Sony Press Release)

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