Friday, 15 July 2016

The Shires announce new album My Universe and Oct/Nov Tour

The Shires announce new album MY UNIVERSE
exclusive Deluxe HMV edition, and UK Tour Dates Oct/ Nov
Follows 14th July Secret One Embankment Show
where The Shires Wowed fans and previewed new Tracks

On Wednesday night (July 13) UK Country “super stars” The Shires (Ben Earle & Crissie Rhodes) loaded a mysterious countdown clock to their website.

Fans and media were invited to set their calendar for 10.30am Thursday (July 14) and join them for their first Facebook LIVE event.

So what happened?

Watch it back below, hover over with mouse to set volume:

The Shires were excited to announce their new album MY UNIVERSE will be out on October 7th 2016 and they're going ON TOUR!
For first access to the tour pre sale your encouraged to pre order the limited edition deluxe album exclusively from HMV.

Albums will be signed by The Shires and include 2 Bonus Tracks and exclusive artwork. GO HERE
The Shires £9.99 | Official Release Date: 7th October 2016 | BARCODE: 602557096958

The album is the band's second and the follow-up to their hit 2015 debut album BRAVE (certified GOLD for UK sales over 100,000 copies).
  • It is available to pre-order now for 4 DAYS until Monday July 18th
My Universe will be released on October 7th, with a deluxe edition, exclusive to hmv, also released.
The HMV exclusive deluxe edition will include exclusive artwork, two bonus tracks and access to an exclusive pre-sale of tickets for The Shires' UK tour, ahead of general release.

The tour will begin on November 18th in Oxford (O2 Academy) and finishes up with a show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on December 11th.
It is an extensive tour, taking in 17 venues in all.

The Shires will play:
The Shires 2016 UK Tour
Nov 18th Oxford - O2 Academy
Nov 20th: Basingstoke - The Anvil
Nov 21st Southampton - O2 Guildhall
Nov 23rd Northampton - Royal and Derngate
Nov 24th: Cardiff - St. David’s Hall
Nov 25rd: Bedford - Corn Exchange
Nov 27th: Cambridge - Corn Exchange
Nov 28th: Bristol - Colston Hall
Nov 29th: Brighton - Dome
Dec 2nd Llandudno - Venue Cymru
Dec 3rd: Birmingham - Institute
Dec 4th: Manchester - Bridgewater Hall
Dec 5th: Gateshead - The Sage
Dec 7th: Glasgow - O2 ABC
Dec 8th: York - Barbican
Dec 9th: Liverpool - O2 Academy
Dec 11th: London - Shepherds Bush Empire

From Thursday 14th July at 10am until Monday 18th July 2016 at 11.59pm customers can:
- Pre-order offer available in-store and online
- Customers are asked to provide their email address and mobile number when they pre-order so they can be contacted with their unique pre-sale code.

From Tuesday 19th July...
- Customers will receive an email containing the ticket link and their unique code required to access pre-sale tickets on Thursday 21st July 9am.
- Each unique code can only be used once. Customers can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets.
- In the event you do not receive your code via email by Wednesday 20th July, please contact the team here.

From Thursday 21st July 9am until Friday 22nd July 8:59am.
- Pre-sale tickets will be available for 24 hours only.

Ben Earle stated:  "It’s something magical to be on stage and sharing your songs and seeing the fans’ reaction.  We’re particularly excited to share our new tracks with the fans on this tour.”

It seems a secret gig was announced to the media which took place early in the evening (Thurs 14 July) at One Embankment (8 Victoria Embankment, London)
The Shires were the perfect hosts for the private party at the exclusive One Embankment treating them to a performance of new tracks from the album. It was completely rammed! Ben and Crissie wanted to thank their loyal fans for all the support so far, making them the first ever UK country band to have a hit record in the UK charts and become one of the biggest breakthrough acts of last year.
Previewing songs from their forthcoming MY UNIVERSE The Shires showcased how recording in Music City: Nashville has further honed their songwriting craft for making clever and catchy Country-Pop that continues to push the genre into the UK mainstream.  Last year, they were one of only a handful of British acts to see their debut release certified Gold alongside Jess Glynne, James Bay and Years & Years.  The first UK country act ever to have a top 10 album in their home country, The Shires have been at the forefront of the British Country music movement which has seen a sea change in the opinion of the British public, who have embraced the genre and UK bands making music inspired by US country artists.
On recording the new album in Nashville, The Shires said: “It was great to go back to Nashville.  This time we had a different approach as we knew it better and we practically lived there. We have friends there now and for some reason when you write and record there you just feel more inspired. It definitely comes through in the new music.”
Ben and Crissie co-wrote some tracks with top country music writers including Kip Moore and recorded their album at Sound Stage Studios, one of the most prestigious recording studios in Nashville, which has cut records for other country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum. 

The band set up a One Embankment Shires photobooth so they took take a picture with every single fan who came to the show!

Check out the fun FACEBOOK Gallery My Universe Album Launch Photobooth

Al Booth (BBC Radio 2 Producer) tweeted Storming showcase from @theshiresuk. Always fantastic, they have gone up to another level. Can't wait for the album
Chris Godfrey ‏(LGBT Journalist The Guardian) tweeted Lovely evening with @theshiresuk!

Decca Records tweeted NEW music from @theshiresuk?! We're having such an amazing time at @oneembankment this evening! #MyUniverse

The band will also be performing at the following festivals this summer:
Sat 16th July, 2016 - Platform Festival @ 1:00 pm (York, Venue: The Old Station, Pocklington)
Sat 16th July, 2016 -  Lakes Festival 6:00 pm (Skegness. Venue: Sycamore Lakes Park)
Sat 30 July 2016 - Bracknell Festival 2016 (South Hill Park Grounds Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA) Healine act Event
Tues 2nd August, 2016 - Lytham Festival @ 6:00 pm (Lytham. Venue: Lytham Green)
Sunday 7th August, 2016 -  Supporting Tom Jones 5:00 pm (Bedford. Venue: Bedford Park) TicketmasterUK
Weds, 10 August 2016 - Events Square Marquee, Falmouth 7:30 pm (Falmouth Week) £22 Event
Sat 20th August, 2016 - Castle Roc Music Festival 12:00 pm (Chepstow. Venue: Chepstow Castle)
Sun 28 August 2016 - The Civic Hall, Cottingham Event The Shires + support Raintown, Dexeter

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