Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New UK Outdoor Country, Americana and Roots Festival, The Long Road, to take place in Leicestershire, England

Lee Ann Womack, Angaleena Presley, Billy Bragg, The Shires, Una Healy, Aaron Watson, Brent Cobb, Danielle Bradbery and more confirmed for The Long Road at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

Tickets go on sale at 9 am on Thursday, April 12th (full details Below) from:
Ticketmaster UK and www.thelongroad.com/tickets/.
















(Nashville, Tenn. - April 10, 2018) - A major new greenfield music and lifestyle camping festival is set to bring the world-famous, inimitable sights and sounds of the Country music scene to the UK in 2018. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, England from September 7th – 9th 2018The 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, bespoke food events and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.

Curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present a broad array of artists, from iconic US stars to up-and-coming home-grown talent, and the first wave of acts to be announced for the inaugural event includes US Country star Lee Ann Womack, acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley, British Country duo The Shires, Popstar turned Country music singer Una Healy and Texan singer and winner of The Voice USA Danielle Bradbery.





























Reflecting the extraordinary surge in popularity that Country music has enjoyed in the UK in recent years, The Long Road will also feature a strong contingent of rising star UK acts across the weekend including hotly-tipped London-based duo Ferris & Sylvester and Country-Soul singer-songwriter Yola Carter.

Much more than just a music festival, The Long Road will embrace all aspects of the Country and Americana scene and, alongside its live music offerings, will incorporate an array of themed activities including Moonshine and bourbon tasting, instrument and songwriters’ rounds, lake swimming, a Southern-inspired food & shopping village and much more, providing festival goers with a unique, authentic Country music lifestyle experience.

Marking the first time the platform has teamed with a Country music event, BBC Music Introducing will host their own stage at the festival, which will be fronted by the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly Country show, Bob Harris and will showcase some of the UK’s best-unsignedtalent. The festival has also partnered with a carefully selected pool of specialist Country and Americana organisations including The Birthplace of Country Music, which showcases the role that Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia played in the birth and development of Country music, The Bluegrass Situation (BGS), an online music magazine and curator promoting the continued growth of Bluegrass, Roots, progressive Folk Rock, Americana music and culture, The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, who celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2018. These organizations will all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase a broad array of talent from across the spectrum of Country, Americana, and Roots music.

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The Shires: “We are very excited to be playing the first Long Road festival. Country music in the UK is starting to really gain momentum and an outdoor festival dedicated to it will be great fun to play.”

Angaleena Presley: “I'm so excited to be a part of The Long Road Festival. I love the inclusive vibe. I'm not only looking forward to performing, but also hanging out and enjoying all the fixins'. Great Food, good old-fashioned country music and salt of the earth people. It's gonna be yeehawsomey'all.”


The Long Road’s Creative Director Baylen Leonard
“Being from Tennessee and having lived in the UK for close to 20 years, I’m thrilled to bring the music and culture of both together in one festival. The dedication and passion of the UK country community  is so amazing, we wanted to put together a festival that celebrated the music and lifestyle they love as a thank you to the fans for supporting country music. Whether you're a country fan, an Americana fan, or a fan of great music in general, we wanted a welcoming place where everyone could come together to celebrate. This is a festival for the fans and we’re excited to share it with you.”

The full line-up to date is as follows:
Angaleena Presley (USA), The Shires (UK), Billy Bragg (UK), Striking Matches (USA), Danielle Bradbery (USA), Ashley Campbell (USA), Brent Cobb (USA), Aaron Watson (USA), Lee Ann Womack (USA), Danny and The Champions of the World (UK), Catherine McGrath (IRE), The Wood Brothers (USA), Megan O’Neill (IRE), Two Ways Home (UK), Holloway Road (UK), Kevin McGuire (SCOT), Twinnie (UK), Laura Oakes (UK), Ruby Boots (USA), Jess and The Bandits (US/UK), Gary Quinn (IRE/UK), Parker Millsap (USA), Yola Carter (UK), Treetop Flyers (UK), William The Conqueror (UK), The Arlenes (UK), Joana Serrat (SPAIN), Ferris & Sylvester (UK), Kasheena Sampson (USA), Danni Nicholls (UK), Cardboard Fox (UK), Worry Dolls (UK), The Lone Bellow (USA), The Wandering Hearts (UK), Frontier Ruckus (USA), Folk Soul Revival (USA), Amythyst Kiah (USA), Andrew Alli.

WHERE: The Long Road Festival will take place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire (Lutterworth, LE17 6DH)
WHEN: Friday September 7th – Sunday 9th 2018.
TICKETS: Day tickets start at £40*, Weekend NO Camping tickets at £85* and Weekend Camping tickets start at £99* (*plus booking fees).
Tickets go on sale at 9 am on Thursday, April 12th from  Ticketmaster UK and www.thelongroad.com/tickets/.

Saturday 8 Sept 2018 Ticket: £44.00 (£40.00 Ticket + £4.00 Fees) Ticketmaster UK
Sunday 9 Sept 2018 Ticket: £44.00 (£40.00 Ticket + £4.00 Fees) Ticketmaster UK
Weekend Ticket ** No Camping ** Fri 7 Sep 2018 - Sun 9 Sep 2018 £93.50 (£85.00 Ticket + £8.50 Fees) Ticketmaster UK
Weekend Ticket **Camping access ** Fri 7 Sept – Sun 9 Sept 2018 £108.90 (£99.00 Ticket + £9.90 Fees) Ticketmaster UK

Weekend Tickets with and without camping - AXS.com

4 Stages: HONKY TONK (Line up) - INTERSTATE (Line up) - RHINESTONE (Line up) – THE FRONT PORCH (Line up)
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The Long Road Festival shuttle bus will run from Rugby Train Station.
It will take approximately 20 minutes and cost £10 for a return journey. Add it when you book your festival ticket.

The campsites will open at 11am on Friday and need to be vacated by 12pm on Monday.
The festival arena will open from 3pm on Friday with entertainment starting from the early evening.
The arena will open at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.

THE LONG ROAD FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS - 2018
The Long Road offer an extensive range of exciting room types which are available to book now
Ranging from Ridgeline: A high quality modern tent from Coleman with open living area and two bedroom spaces for up to 4 guests. Priced from £ 295 (based on 2 adults sharing)
To Airstream: An iconic trailer, in 2 sizes, Deluxe & XL Deluxe, with en suite bathrooms for between two and five guests. Priced from £4,995! (based on 2 adults sharing)


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Editors notes:

BBC Music Introducing 
BBC Music Introducing is BBC Radio's platform supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK talent. It gives artists the opportunity to be played on BBC local radio and nationally on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, the Asian Network and Radio 3, as well as playing Introducing stages at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and now The Long Road!

The Bluegrass Situation
The Bluegrass Situation (also known as BGS) is an organization designed to encourage and support the continued growth of bluegrass, progressive folk rock, Americana, roots and everything in between. As well as curating stages at festivals and producing their own one-of-a- kind events and shows, their online hub creates unique editorial and video content which has become a valuable resource for the international roots music fanbase.

Americana Music Association
The AMA-UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American roots music in the UK.  Our aims are to have greater recognition of Americana music in the UK and build a vibrant network of like-minded businesses to promote Americana music in the UK and foster links to similar networks internationally, not least the Americana Music Association in the US. We aim to Nurture and support UK artists in the Americana field and support international Americana artists touring the UK.

Stanford Hall





















Stanford Hall is a beautiful stately home set in 700 acres and located in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, near Stanford on Avon. Avenues of established, majestic trees radiate in all directions from the Hall, most prominently the North Avenue which stretches as far as the eye can see. Woodland, ridge and furrow pasture and ancient remains of buildings of a previous age and the enclosed rose garden nurture an atmosphere of profound tranquillity and peace.

Loose Records
Started in West London 20 years ago by Tom Bridgewater, Loose has grown to become Europe's premier Americana label. Loose released the first albums by The Felice Brothers, Neko Case, M.Ward, Grand Drive, Mark Mulcahy, Hurray For The Riff Raff & Dawes. In its 20-year existence highlights for the label have included securing the theme tune to HBO’s True Detective with their first signing, The Handsome Family, a Grammy nomination for Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music and two Number 1 albums in the UK Americana Chart for Courtney Marie Andrews. US acts on Loose include Andrew Combs, Jim White, Joe Pug, Israel Nash, The Americans, Gill Landry, Ian Felice, The Handsome Family, Courtney Marie Andrews and Frankie Lee. UK acts include multi AMAUK Awards winners Danny & The Champions Of The World and AMAUK nominated acts William The Conqueror & Treetop Flyers.

Birthplace of Country Music
The Birthplace of Country Music is a non-profit organization that seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich musical heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for our local and regional communities. BCM accomplishes this mission through its three primary branches (The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Radio Bristol), special projects and events, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs. 


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