The line-up has been revealed for The Long Road, a major new Country, Americana and Roots music festival taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018.
The festival has been curated by Tennessee-born radio presenter Baylen Leonard and it will feature stars from the US and the UK. The first wave of acts announced includes Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, The Shires and Danielle Bradbery.
Festival goers can also look forward to performances from London-based duo Ferris & Sylvester and country-soul singer songwriter Yola Carter.
The line-up announced so far is:
Angaleena Presley, The Shires, Billy Bragg, Striking Matches, Danielle Bradbery, Una Healy, Ashley Campbell, Brent Cobb, Aaron Watson, Lee Ann Womack, Danny and The Champions of the World, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, The Wood Brothers, Megan O’Neill, Two Ways Home, Holloway Road, Kevin McGuire, Twinnie, Laura Oakes, Ruby Boots, Jess and The Bandits, Gary Quinn, Parker Millsap, Yola Carter, Treetop Flyers, William The Conqueror, The Arlenes, Joanna Serrat, Ferris & Sylvester, Kasheena Sampson, Danni Nicholls, Midnight Skyracer, Worry Dolls, The Lone Bellow, Frontier Ruckus, Folk Soul Revival, Amythyst Kiah and Andrew Alli.
Baylen Leonard said: “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 Long Road features five stages of live performance as well as bespoke food events and themed outdoor activities. BBC Music Introducing will host their own stage at the festival, which will be fronted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris.
The festival has also partnered with 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.
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 9am on Thursday April 12th and are available from www.thelongroadfestival.com.