The Shires have announced a run of UK dates to follow the release of their third album, Accidentally on Purpose, including a Manchester gig at the Bridgewater Hall.

The biggest selling UK country act of all time, the duo are set to release their new album on 20 April 2018 through Decca before hitting the road for 22 UK dates, returning to the Bridgewater Hall where The Shires headlined in December 2016.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennesee, Accidentally on Purpose promises country-pop choruses and emotive stories about their whirlwind journey, relationships and time in the US.  Speaking about the album, The Shires commented, “Accidentally on Purpose is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the first 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.”

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.  They have secured two gold certified albums and nine playlisted tracks across BBC Music.

Where and when do The Shires headline in Manchester?

The Shires headline at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 6 June 2018.  The Manchester gig is one of 22 UK dates The Shires, who have previously headlined the likes of Band on the Wall alongside Ward Thomas and supported Little Big Town at The Ritz, have scheduled:
12 May   –   Guildford, G Live
13 May   –   Bournemouth, Pavilion
14 May   –   Cardiff, St David’s Hall
16 May   –   Bristol, Colston Hall
18 May   –   London, Royal Albert Hall
19 May   –   Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
20 May   –   Sheffield, City Hall
22 May   –   Ipswich, Regent Theatre
23 May   –   Cambridge, Corn Exchange
24 May   –   Oxford, New Theatre
27 May   –   Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
28 May   –   Gateshead, The Sage
30 May   –   Carlisle, Sands Centre
31 May   –   York, Barbican
1 June   –   Birmingham, Symphony Hall
3 June   –   Stoke, Victoria Hall
4 June   –   Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
5 June   –   Llandudno, Venue Cymru
6 June   –   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
8 June   –   Nottingham, Royal Centre
9 June   –   Brighton, Dome
10 June   –   Basingstone, The Anvil

When do tickets for The Shires at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall go on sale?

Tickets for The Shires’ Manchester gig at the Bridgewater Hall go on sale on 2 February 2018.