Just a few weeks into the new year and artists have been releasing tour dates this week for the UK in what looks like being a heavy schedule for the country genre which fans are expecting to attend in there masses. The UK isn’t a nation known for liking its country music but the fans it has are dedicated and shows the deep passion for the genre which includes following artists round the country attending as many concerts as they can. The official charts in the last few years has discontinued its country singles chart in what we believe was part of the revamp of the official charts leaving a hole in music industry with the charts industry’s continued lack of respect for the genre and its refusal to acknowledge country music.
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One major standing Country music has is the C2C festival held on the weekend of March 10th at the o2. This year’s festival has many people excited at the prospect of seeing major acts perform such as Brad Paisley, Chris Young and country newcomer Maren Morris.
One of the first tours of 2017 is LeAnn Rimes who tours the UK in February. The remnants tour is the first leg. Remnants is also the title of Leann Rimes new album exclusively announced by Billboard on 7th of December 2016
High Valley also starts the European leg of the Make You Mine Tour which includes Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. The UK dates includes a date in Aberdare.
Southern Halo’s spring tour in March was exclusively announced by Country at Heart on Friday morning. This we believe is the bands second visit to the UK and their first UK tour which concentrates on north of the country plus London. The band and the mother of the 3 sister trio are also said to very disappointed at not being able to meet there number 1 UK fan due to the tour dates put together by tour organizers which also does not include Liverpool and Dublin which was cities expected to be visited by the band themselves. Southern Halo has also confirmed they are not part of the line-up for the C2C festival just a week before the tour is due to start but has said to keep an eye open for the 2018 festival. Country at Heart is also under the impression that no more dates maybe added to the current five date tour.
Another tour announced this week was by Canaan Smith also touring in March. With his tour kicking off on the 14th people will always link tours like this speculating if the artist will make an appearance at the C2C festival, We do not expect him to do so but CAH has attempted to contact Canaan in order to check the details.
Tuesday 14th King Tuts, Glasgow
Wednesday 15th O2 Institute3, Birmingham
Thursday 16th Deaf Institute, Manchester
Saturday 18th Thekla, Bristol
Sunday 19th Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth
Monday 20th Concorde 2, Brighton
Tuesday 21st Bush Hall, London
Miranda announced her UK tour in November shortly before the release of her 2 disc 24 track album. With such a big album the fans will be in for one hell of a night for her 4 date tour in August.
This week Thomas Rhett announced more dates for his upcoming tour which includes 5 UK dates. We contacted Thomas Rhett’s people when the tour extension was announced and his people have said that no additional information has been currently confirmed, all dates and supporting acts will be announced on the website at a later date. Thomas Rhett will visit London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast.
Runaway angel are long-term supporters of Country at Heart and have told us that they intend to tour the UK this August. The band are an independent artist yet to start organising the tour but will start making the initial plans in the next month. Runaway angel consists of three best friends Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers. The first album is now available to buy and download and their new single Easy is the biggest single yet. The band has also confirmed that they intend to release a second album following the success of their first in the future.
After taking a break in 2016 Lady Antebellum came out Friday and has announced a new single, a new album, and a brand new world tour which will feature Kelsea Ballerini for the whole tour in 2017. With Kelsea Ballerini also touring with Thomas Rhett it will be interesting to see how much the other tour Kelsea takes part in with Thomas with the tours likely to clash. Only time will tell what will happen with the tours when details has been announced by both Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum. The new single is called “You Look Good” will be kicking off the new album Heart Break which is due for release on June 9th. The band has also announced the new tour is due to kick off on May 26th.