The Shires announce new album and UK tour including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

Manchester gigs - The Shires

The UK’s best-selling country act The Shires have announced their new album Good Years accompanied with news of a UK tour.

The 25-date UK tour includes a Manchester gig at the Bridgewater Hall.  They will also play dates at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and London’s Palladium.

The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the release follows two gold-certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of UK country music’s most prominent voices.

Good Years was recorded in Nashville, where the duo became the first UK artists to win Best International Act at the prestigious CMA Awards.


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The Shires have also released a taster of the new album in the form of the single New Year.  Speaking about the track and album, Crissie and Ben commented, “We are so excited to be releasing ‘Good Years’, our 4th album recorded in Nashville and also announce our next UK tour!  Honesty and storytelling has always been such an important part of our songwriting. We’ve poured some of the incredible experiences and life we’ve lived into these songs. We can’t wait to hit the road next year and play these live across the country. The songs mean so much to us personally, but there really is nothing like looking out at our fans in the crowd and seeing how much of an impact they can have in someone else’s life. It’s truly a very special thing”.

When do The Shires headline at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall?

The Shires headline at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 19 May 2020.  The Manchester gig is one of 25 UK dates announced:
27 April   –   Weymouth, Pavilion
28 April   –   Torquay, Princess Theatre
29 April   –   Stoke, Victoria Hall
1 May   –   Lincoln, Engine Shed
4 May   –   Birmingham, Symphony Hall
5 May   –   Aberyswyth, Arts Centre
6 May   –   Guildford, G Live
8 May   –   Bristol, O2 Academy
9 May   –   Cambridge, Corn Exchange
10 May   –   Nottingham, Royal Centre
12 May   –   Carlisle, Sands Centre
13 May   –   Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
14 May   –   Edinburgh, Liquid Room
15 May   –   Gateshead, The Sage
17 May   –   Ipswich, Regent Theatre
19 May   –   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
20 May   –   York, Barbican
22 May   –   Oxford, New Theatre
23 May   –   Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
24 May   –   Cardiff, St David’s Hall
26 May   –   Basingstoke, The Anvil
27 May   –   London, Palladium
2 June   –   Brighton, The Dome
3 June   –   Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
4 June   –   Bedford, Corn Exchange

When do tickets go on sale for The Shires’ UK tour?

Tickets go on sale for The Shires’ UK tour at 10am on Friday 29 November.

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