Returning to Leicestershire’s stunning Stanford Hall for a highly anticipated 4th edition this summer, The Long Road festival has announced the first wave of names for the lineup today.
Fast becoming the beloved home of Country and Americana music and culture in the UK, the three-day camping experience takes place 25th – 27th August 2023 and boasts an incredible line-up so far, including headliners Jon Pardi, Blackberry Smoke, alongside Tenille Townes, Eli Young Band, Margo Price, Breland, Nickel Creek, Sierra Ferrell and more.
The Long Road promises the most immersive and authentic experience for anyone after a taste of Nashville this side of the pond, with an event that captures the culture and lifestyle surrounding the music. This must-see festival for fans of the genre is a welcoming and inclusive event for all ages.
2022 was a landmark year for the festival, with standout shows from the likes of The Cadillac Three, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Drake White, Brandy Clark and more, and this year looks set to bring a bounty of stars and unmissable sets to the UK once again.
Headlining the Rhinestone main stage, and making his long-awaited UK debut whilst doing it, is the multi-platinum selling artist from California, Jon Pardi. Having made a name for himself for his energetic live performances and known for his traditional country sound and honky-tonk style, Pardi has been praised for bringing a fresh and authentic approach to the genre and has won numerous awards off the back of four acclaimed studio albums. With his catchy melodies, relatable lyrics, and undeniable charisma, he has become one of the most popular country music stars of his generation and is set to bring one hell of a show to The Long Road this August.
Southern rock masters Blackberry Smoke are also announced as mainstage headliners today, and bring over 20 years of stellar country riffs to the party. Riding high off the back of their latest album, ‘You Hear Georgia’, which gives a nod to their home state and went straight in at number 1 on the Billboard Americana/folk chart, the group was also described as a “sensational live band” by The Independent after one of their last UK shows at The Roundhouse. Expect a sprawling, blues-infused hoedown for the ages.
Also announced today as part of the first wave of acts for 2023, is the Eli Young Band, over for their very first UK appearance at TLR. This multi-platinum selling outfit has been touring the world for the past 20 years, and their music has topped charts around the world. One of the most exciting acts on the lineup will certainly be Nashville’s Margo Price, who was accurately tipped by The Fader as “country’s next star”. No stranger to UK Country fans, she’s already performed at Glastonbury and made her UK TV debut on Later… with Jools Holland, after releasing four celebrated albums on Jack White’s Third Man Records.
The Grammy-winning trio Nickel Creek will be bringing their unique sound to The Long Road festival over the bank holiday. Their blend of Bluegrass, Folk and Country music has won them critical acclaim around the world, and Sierra Ferrell is another artist to look out for at the festival. The young singer-songwriter has been making waves in the US Country music scene, with a sound that incorporates elements of jazz, folk, and Latin styles such as tango and calypso music. Equally eclectic, Breland brings a dose of R&B, gospel and soul to the country sound, and is set to appear this year alongside acclaimed Canadian singer and winner of CCMA’s 2019 Female Artist of the Year Tenille Townes.
Elsewhere on today’s line up announcement sees the welcome return of Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer as well as a Color Me Country All Stars performance on the main stage. Alongside the soulful country trio with grit, Chapel Hart, New Orleans voodoo rock band Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, Texas songwriter Joshua Ray Walker, London indie pop songwriter Charlotte Clark, Australian heartfelt country singer Jackson Dean and many more.
Commenting on today’s announcement, TLR’s Tennessee-born Creative Director Baylen Leonard said: “We’re delighted to announce the first wave of artists for The Long Road 2023. Our festival is about offering a unique, inclusive experience for our visitors, with amazing music, great food, and a welcoming atmosphere. Our line-up reflects the very best in Country and Americana music today, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to Stanford Hall for what is going to be a truly unforgettable bank holiday weekend.”
The Long Road is more than just a music festival – it’s a celebration of everything that makes Country and Americana culture so special. With a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, The Long Road is the perfect place to come and discover new music, make new friends, and experience the warmth and camaraderie that makes this scene so unique.
In addition to the incredible music line-up, The Long Road will offer a range of fun activities for families of all ages and vendors selling incredible stateside street food featuring the very best in the art of true BBQ style and campfire cooking, plus hot dog eating competitions and more. Fans of custom hot rods and chevy trucks will love the Lucky Dice Classic Car & Bike Show, held next to a beautiful lake for wild swimming and space for Dog Recreation with our four-legged festival friends. At TLR there’s a wealth of games and fun activities fit for all ages, with everything from Cornholing to Countryoke, Archery to Axe-throwing, Boat Making to Tractor Racing, and Country Olympics to Hoedown Aerobics, plus a dedicated kids area, keeping everyone entertained and feeling great in the great outdoors. Accommodating all, the festival also offers a range of camping options, including pitch and park and live-in vehicle areas for RV’s of every size. Guests can also take advantage of a luxury boutique camping experience in a bell tent, airstream trailer or Bow Top caravan, and make The Long Road a home away from home for the weekend.
With even more to be announced over the coming months, Weekend tickets are already selling fast with Super Early Bird, Early Bird, and Tier 3 tickets already sold out.
Tier 4 Weekend tickets are on sale now via:
A range of accommodation options are available over the weekend, including camping, glamping, live-in vehicles and more. See full list of options here: https://www.thelongroad.com/accommodation/
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The Long Road is a family and dog friendly festival.