This is huge news – and yes, it’s happening.
One of country music’s biggest global superstars, Carrie Underwood, will be headlining one of the UK’s newest country, Americana and folk festivals – The Long Road, which takes place in Leicestershire in September.
Underwood joins a long list of acts from across the country, Americana and roots spectrum already confirmed for the 3-day event including The Shires, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy, Ward Thomas, Joshua Hedley, Charlie Worsham, Elizabeth Cook, Danielle Bradbery and many more.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!” Carrie Underwood said about the announcement.
The singer emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film and propelling her to international stardom. She will release her new studio album Cry Pretty on 14 September.
Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from 7-9 September 2018, and curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The 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, authentic down home cookin’ and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.
The festival has also partnered with an array of organisations including BBC Music Introducing, who will host a stage fronted by presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris showcasing a selection of up and coming country and Americana acts. The Birthplace of Country Music, The Bluegrass Situation (BGS), The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, will also all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase an array of international talent.