The Shires country-fy London statues

Guilty of playing various shenanigans on their crew while filming their latest video, the country duo have now taken to London’s statues. 

If you were walking around London today, you may have noticed some of the city’s most recognised statues sporting pink cowboy hats. That might have something to do with The Shires, the biggest-selling UK Country act of all time, who release their new album Accidentally On Purpose on Friday (yes, this Friday).

With country being one of the biggest fashion trends for Winter 2018 and The Shires leading the way in the British Country music scene, country took over London’s statues for one day only. Kensington Gardens’ Peter Pan, Leicester Square’s Charlie Chaplin and New Bond Street’s Roosevelt and Churchill were among the capital’s statues to model The Shires’ stetsons, adding a splash of colour to some of London’s most loved historical figures.

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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, The Shires’ new album combines massive country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. Increasingly, US Country music is taking influence from the mainstream with pop-inspired hooks, a sound that The Shires’ new album reflects.

“Our new album Accidentally on Purpose is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the day we met, we’ve been crazy dreamers with big plans, who really believed that Country could break into the UK mainstream. For all those dreams, we never imagined it would all happen so quickly and we’re so proud and excited to be releasing our third album.” say Ben and Crissie.

The new album features a beautiful anthemic love song called Stay The Night which was written by Ed after he met the band on a night out in America. Just a few weeks ago the duo released the first single off their new album – Guilty.

The trailblazing duo will also be hitting the road this summer, performing their new music across the UK, including London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18 May.

Here are those UK live dates dates:
12 May – G Live, Guildford
13 May – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
14 May – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
16 May – Colston Hall, Bristol
18 May – Royal Albert Hall, London (part of Albert Sessions)
19 May – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
19 May – City Hall, Sheffield
20 May – City Hall, Sheffield
22 May – Regent Theatre, Ipswich
23 May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
24 May – New Theatre, Oxford
27 May – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
28 May – The Sage, Gateshead
30 May – Sands Centre, Carlisle
31 May – Barbican, York
01 June – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
03 June – Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
04 June – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
05 June – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
06 June – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
08 June – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
09 June – Dome, Brighton
10 June – The Anvil, Basingstoke