The biggest selling UK Country act of all time, The Shires, have today announced that they will be supporting Michael Bublé at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 13th July.
After a hugely successful two years, the announcement comes as Ben and Crissie are on the brink of releasing their highly anticipated third album 'Accidentally on Purpose' on 20th April. Their first single released from the new album, 'Guilty', has gone straight into this week's BBC Radio 2 'B' playlist and is Record of the Week.

"We are hugely excited to be playing Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park and supporting the incredible Michael Bublé. 

We recorded our new album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ in Nashville, the home of Country Music, so to be performing our new music in Hyde Park which has so much musical history, feels like coming full circle. Headlining the second stage for thousands of fans in the sunshine, will be a very special moment for us”.

- Ben and Crissie, The Shires


Their performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park will come just weeks after they finish their national tour of the UK, with dates throughout May and June.





FIRST British act to ever win a prestigious Country Music Award in Nashville 

TWO Gold certified albums 

NINE playlisted singles across two albums 

FASTEST-SELLING British Country album of all time for second album ‘My Universe’

FIRST EVER British Country album to enter the UK Top Ten for their debut album ‘Brave’




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.

The first single from the new album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ had its world exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2 in early March. 

“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.”  

 Ben and Crissie, The Shires

The new album features a track written by Ed Sheeran, 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. 

After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the music world. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.

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 18th May.

The Shires 2018 UK Tour dates:


May 12th: Guildford G Live

May 13th: Bournemouth Pavilion

May 14th: Cardiff St. David’s Hall

May 16th: Bristol Colston Hall

May 18th: London Royal Albert Hall

May 19th: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

May 20th: Sheffield City Hall

May 22nd: Ipswich Regent Theatre

May 23rd: Cambridge Corn Exchange

May 24th: Oxford New Theatre

May 27th: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

May 28th: Gateshead The Sage

May 30th: Carlisle Sands Centre

May 31st: York Barbican

June 1st: Birmingham Symphony Hall

June 3rd: Stoke Victoria Hall

June 4th: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

June 5th: Llandudno Venue Cymru

June 6th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall

June 8th: Nottingham Royal Centre

June 9th: Brighton Dome 

June 10th: Basingstoke The Anvil

 Tickets are on sale now through See Tickets


About The Shires

UK Country superstars The Shires first entered the history books in 2015, when their debut album ‘Brave’ became the first ever British Country album to enter the UK Top Ten. Their second album ‘My Universe’ also broke new ground by becoming the fastest-selling British country album of all time and reached the top three in the UK chart.
After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the UK Country music scene. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.
With two gold certified albums under their belt within 12 months of each other and 9 playlisted tracks across BBC Music, The Shires are back and they’re raring to go. They will be touring the UK from 12th May to 10th June – performing at venue across the UK including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

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