Saturday, 4 June 2016

Lineup confirmed for Buckle & Boots country festival - June 24-26, 2016

Expanded Press Release!

Lineup confirmed for the first annual Buckle & Boots festival in Manchester, UK; with Phil Vassar, Raintown, Ward Thomas, The Cains, Jess & The Bandits among the artists performing.

Buckle & Boots festival: June 24th - 26th 2016
Taking place at Whitebottom Farm at Etherow Park (nr. Manchester/Stockport) between 24-26 June, Buckle & Boots Festival is set to combine some of the brightest talents in country music from the US as well as the thriving UK scene, providing a truly unique outdoor festival experience for country fans far and wide. With a variety of food, drink and camping facilities on site, Buckle & Boots is the first country festival of its kind in the UK, creating a friendly, communal atmosphere that fans are sure to embrace.

‘Buckle & Boots’ is a country music festival that will host “the cream” of UK Country talent alongside chart topping US Country stars from across the Atlantic. Nestled in the picturesque Manchester countryside, ‘Buckle & Boots’ Country Music Festival has the specific aim to give the UK country fan a festival that highlights our own UK Country artists and sees them sharing the same stage as top US performers. This is the first annual ‘Buckle & Boots’ Country Festival (Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport SK6 5HZ)

Leeds very own top country DJ Peter Englefield has been running an advert twice each hour on Englefield Radio and ran a competition prize on his Belter Radio Country & Western Show (10:00am - 13:30 Thursday).

Is the stage for this festival inside or outdoors?
The Stage is under a barn roof. Then a 20 ft gap (unroofed) then another barn that houses the bar and loads of room for attendees. So if raining heavy (which of course it won't?!) then everyone can just retreat a few yards to take cover.
There will be a stage in a marquee in the field too.
Buckle & Boots’ Line Up | Camping & Tickets/ Festival Do's And Don'ts -

Check out the 42 song Buckle & Boots’: Spotify Playlist

Three stages will be set up at the festival for 50 acts to perform.
The Heineken Stage will host the headline acts on Friday, Saturday & Sunday night, as well as some of the established artists making an impact on the UK country scene and some of Nashville’s finest talent.

The Acoustic Stage will be an opportunity for fans to catch some of the most exciting emerging artists in the genre, including home-grown talents Paris Georgia, Paul Carella, Lisa Wright and many more.

The BCMA will also have their own BCMA Horizon stage, where fans will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the best songwriters and musicians in the UK including the likes of Thorne Hill, The Southern Companion and Outlander.

Headlining on Friday 24th June will be Glaswegian duo Raintown, who have established themselves as front-runners in the UK country music industry with their pop-country style and powerful stage presence. Paul Bain and Claire McArthur-Bain have “stunned crowds” on multiple occasions at Country to Country (C2C) in London, performing at the Brooklyn Bowl for two years running, and their most recent Fan-funded (418 people; 116% of goal) on
PledgeMusic album WRITING ON THE WALL (BMB Records) received remarkable reviews (5 STARS Maverick Magazine, Country Music People)
This fine album is surely set to glow as the record is truly excellent. WRITING ON THE WALL sure to be a massive hit with current fans (Maverick Nov/ Dec)

Last year they embarked on a headlining UK tour, joined by Buckle & Boots act Dexeter (11-15 Oct 2015 playing just 4 shows outside of Glasgow: Slade Rooms (Wolverhampton), The Tunnels (Bristol), Academy 3 (Manchester) and Borderline (London))
After over 5 years Raintown (who want to be at least nominated on CMA Awards) were finally played Nationally on BBC Radio 2 on Bob Harris Country on Dec 4, 2015 with their single "If This Was A Love Song". Listen to Raintown’s ambitious goal:

Previously to this Raintown had only been played on the Radio 2 Country 2015 On Demand Pop Service with their Live Acoustic C2C2015 Festival session) and 2 spins on BBC Radio Scotland.
"Really, really good new UK country music.....It is very, very good isn't it, the brand new album from Raintown" – Bob Harris OBE

This as prompted a new Writing On The Wall >> Advert
The album was officially released on Oct 9, 2015 and currently the CD has an
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,929 in Music and #1213 in Country. The Digital album is ranked #24,969 in Albums and #805 in MP3 Downloads Country.
It’s highest peak on the UK iTunes Country Chart was #11 (Sept 8, 2015), on Oct 9 it was #30 (#718 UK Overall iTunes Albums) and after Oct 13 had dropped off the top 200 and has yet to return.
The album has not appeared on the Official UK Country Album charted but made a one-week appearance at #36 on The Official Scottish Chart (dated 16 Oct - 22 Oct 2015) aided by Pledge Music reporting the figures to the Official Chart Company.
Most recently Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland made their new third single “Nineteen Again” (radio Edit) Single of the Week. The single promoted on Hotdisc made a debut at No.8 on the Top 40 chart (No.1 Hotdisc British & Irish Chart) and has climbed to No.3. The video has received over 18,000 views on Facebook & Youtube and shown on the Hotdisc Top 20 Chart Show on Sky & Freesat on Keep It Country TV.

Released on 21 April 2016 on iTunes the single has so far reached a brief and lowly #65 peak on UK iTunes Country Single chart and quickly fell off the top 200.
Their Facebook fans are currently loving a 'Not Ready to Make Nice' (Dixie Chicks Cover) >> Video

Newly signed to Sony Music UK, country duo Ward Thomas were recently announced as headliners for Saturday 25th June after a short time out of the spotlight. 
Ward Thomas
Twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy have been focusing on material for their next album, following the incredible success of their debut record From Where We Stand which reached #1 on the UK Country Chart in 2014 and led the chart for 5 weeks. It was spent 73 weeks on Official UK Country Album Chart (60 weeks in the Top 10; #1 peak).

FROM WHERE WE STAND, made an Official UK Top 100 Album Chart debut at No.41 selling 2,473 copies having held a mid-week position at No.20. (Week Ending Aug 2, 2014). That was 748 more copies than 6 times CMA Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert sold with her UK album debut for Platinum!. FROM WHERE WE STAND then fell to #93 (1,000 sales), then #94 (950 sales), then #95 (930 sales), then #94 (980 sales) then fell off the top 100. With the release of the Deluxe album edition it later re-entered at No.91 (chart week March 14, 2015), then #79, then fell off the chart and has so far logged 7 weeks on the Official UK top 100.

It was named UK COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the 2015 awards. It was sold over 25,000 copies in the UK and also bagged UK Album of The Year at the British Country Music Awards in 2014 and reached No.1 in the UK iTunes Country Chart.  
 A number of their songs have been playlisted on BBC Radio 2: "The Good and the Right" (“B” playlist), "Push for the Stride" (“B” playlist), "Way Back Then" added to "B" playlist and climbed to "A" playlist, “Town Called Ugley” was added to the “C” playlist, and upgraded to "B" and “Guest List” was added to the "A" playlist.

They appeared as special guests on Sir Terry Wogan’s show as well as being featured on Bob Harris Country. They opened the Isle of Wight Main Stage on Saturday June 13th 2015 and played the BBC Radio2 Live in Hyde Park on 13th September 2015 both in their own right and joined The Shires on the main stage having previously headlined the BBC Introducing stage in 2014.
They played on The Satellite Stage at the O2 Arena during the 2015 C2C Festival.
The Hampshire duo dropped in on BBC Breakfast Manchester studio when the Petersfield twins spoke with Naga Munchetty and Jon Kay on the morning of Thursday 26th June 2014 promoting their debut album.
On Nov 27, 2014 they were interviewed by Lorraine Kelly on ITV. Lizzy & Catherine along with their 3-piece band were interviewed and played on ITV's Weekend morning show presented by Aled Jones (broadcast Saturday July 19, 2014). They performed “Push For The Stride” and a cover of George Ezra's “Budapest”
The Next Step....In the ensuing months I’ve watched as the teen twin sisters matured and grew into one of the finest home-grown country musicacts to have ever come out of the British Isles - Alan

Closing the festival on Sunday night (26th June) will be US chart-topper Phil Vassar. Since

his debut in the late 1990s, Phil Vassar has achieved two #1 hits and an impressive eight Top 10 singles in the US, and has also established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented and in-demand songwriters. 

His co-writing credits include hit singles ‘For A Little While’ and ‘My Next Thirty Years’ for Tim McGraw, ‘Right On The Money’ for Alan Jackson and ‘Little Red Rodeo’ for Collin Raye. Not to mention his Top New Male Vocalist win at the 2002 ACM Awards.
Phil’s unique take on country and his incisive, soulful lyrics have truly stood the test of time, and audiences won’t want to miss this charismatic showman at Buckle & Boots, particularly following the overwhelming response to his performances at C2C Festival in March. You’ll also be able to catch two stellar UK acts on the Sunday in the form of the award-winning Northern Irishman Gary Quinn and Liverpool songstress Laura Oakes.

Anyone who has been to an event at Etherow Park before will already know that the action takes place in a stunning rural setting. The site is situated next to Compstall Nature Reserve, a very special wildlife site looked after by a local conservation charity, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Situated on the banks of the River Etherow, this beautiful reserve is made up of reed bed, open water and woodland, which provide a haven for some of the region’s most threatened wildlife. It’s a fantastic hotspot for birds such as the kingfisher and yellow wagtail, plus a whole host of dragonflies and damselflies. For every ticket sold for Buckle & Boots, a donation will be made to the Trust to support them with their vital conservation work.

Tickets are available from AXS now; priced at just £50 for a Weekend Ticket.
Single day tickets are also on sale, priced at £20 for Friday, £25 for Saturday and £25 for Sunday.
For fans planning to camp at the festival, a camping pass can also be purchased for £15 per person (includes ‘posh loos and hot showers’).
According to the Press Release it states: “You won’t get better value for money anywhere else”!
For more details, tickets and the full line-up, check out

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