The UK’s most successful country music act The Shires are guaranteed to be among the hottest tickets of the Festival. The British country duo – singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – got together in 2013 and released their debut album Brave in 2015, becoming the first UK country act to chart in the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart. The group's second album, My Universe, became the fastestselling UK country album in history when it was released in October 2016.
After playing a handful of shows together, The Shires were signed in the UK by Decca Records; they also secured a contract with American record label Universal Music Group Nashville, thus becoming the firstever English country act to be signed to a major Nashville label. They were also the first UK country act to have a top ten album and the first to receive an award from the American Country Music Association. Expect an evening of ballads, up-tempo beats and a mix of pop elements running through their own brand of country.