A new UK-based Country / Americana festival, The Long Road, is scheduled to take place in September 2018. The venue will be Stanford Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire and the event will run from Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September 2018.
This new roots music festival has already announced a series of major names including Una Healey, veteran singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, America’s Lee Ann Womack, roots duo and festival favourites The Shires, Danielle Bradbery from the US version of The Voice, Angeleena Presley, Ferris & Sylvester from London and 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, the festival intends to incorporate an array of themed activities including Moonshine and bourbon tasting, instrument and songwriting workshops, wild swimming, a Southern-inspired food & shopping village and much more, providing festival goers with a unique, authentic country music lifestyle experience.
Curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present a broad array of artists. 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 presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris and will showcase some of the UK’s best unsigned talent.
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.
Day tickets start at £40, Weekend No Camping tickets at £85 and Weekend Camping tickets start at £99 (plus booking fees). Tickets went on sale at 9am on Thursday, 12 April and are available from the festival website.
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.
The acts so far confirmed for The Long Road are as follows:
Lee Ann Womack
Danny and The Champions of the World
The Wandering Hearts
The Wood Brothers
Two Ways Home
Jess and The Bandits
William The Conqueror
Ferris & Sylvester
The Lone Bellow
Folk Soul Revival