Friday 7th October 2016 has been announced as the date The Shires will release  their follow up album to Brave – titled My Universe. As well as the anticipated album launch they have also announced a 17 night UK concert tour between November and December 2016 playing in venues across England and Wales, finishing in London on 11th December.

Recently, Crissie and Ben gave fans a chance to hear some of their new tracks when they played a secret album launch show at London’s One Embankment.  Previewing songs from their forthcoming second album ‘My Universe’, which will be released on 7th October, The Shires showcased how recording in Music City: Nashville has further honed their songwriting craft for making clever and catchy Country-Pop that continues to push the genre into the UK mainstream.  Last year, they were one of only a handful of British acts to see their debut release certified Gold alongside Jess Glynne, James Bay and Years & Years.  The first UK country act ever to have a top 10 album in their home country, The Shires have been at the forefront of the British Country music movement which has seen a sea change in the opinion of the British public, who have embraced the genre and UK bands making music inspired by US country artists.

The live dates will follow an intense period of song writing for The Shires, who have been working on their new album in Music City: Nashville.  Ben and Crissie co-wrote some tracks with top country music writers including Kip Moore and recorded their album at Sound Stage Studios, one of the most prestigious recording studios in Nashville, which has cut records for other country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum.  They also graced the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry and can add their name to Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Garth Brooks and a veritable who’s who of Country music who have played at the famous Nashville landmark venue.

On recording the new album in Nashville, The Shires said, ,“It was great to go back to Nashville.  This time we had a different approach as we knew it better and we practically lived there. We have friends there now and for some reason when you write and record there you just feel more inspired. It definitely comes through in the new music.”

Here’s where fans can catch The Shires on their UK tour later this year:

O2 Academy, Oxford – Friday 18th November, 2016
Anvil, Basingstoke – Sunday 20th November, 2016
O2 Guildhall, Southampton – Monday 21st November, 2016
Royal and Derngate, Northampton – Wednesday 23rd November, 2016
St. David’s Hall, Cardiff – Thursday 24th November, 2016
Corn Exchange, Bedford – Friday 25th November, 2016
Corn Exchange, Cambridge – Sunday 27th November, 2016
Colston Hall, Bristol – Monday 28th November, 2016
Dome, Brighton – Tuesday 29th November, 2016
Venue Cymru, Llandudno – Friday 2nd December, 2016
O2 Institute, Birmingham – Saturday 3rd December, 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester – Sunday 4th December, 2016
The Sage, Gateshead – Monday 5th December, 2016
O2 ABC, Glasgow – Wednesday 7th December, 2016
Barbican, York – Thursday 8th December, 2016
O2 Academy, Liverpool – Friday 9th December, 2016
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – Sunday 11th December, 2016

The band will also be performing at the following festivals this summer:

Platform Festival – Saturday 16th July, 2016 @ 1:00 pm. City: York, Venue: The Old Station, Pocklington
Lakes Festival – Saturday 16th July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm. City: Skegness. Venue: Sycamore Lakes Park
Bracknell Festival – Saturday 30th July, 2016 @ 12:00 pm. City: Bracknell. Venue: South Hill Park Grounds
Lytham Festival – Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 @ 6:00 pm. City: Lytham. Venue: Lytham Green
Supporting Tom Jones – Sunday 7th August, 2016 @ 5:00 pm. City: Bedford. Venue: Bedford Park
Falmouth Week – Wednesday 10th August, 2016 @ 7:30 pm. City: Falmouth. Venue: Falmouth Events Square – JUST ADDED
Castle Roc Music Festival – Saturday 20th August, 2016 @ 12:00 pm. City: Chepstow. Venue: Chepstow Castle
Cottingham Music Festival – Sunday 28th August, 2016 @ 7:30 pm. City: Cottingham. Venue: Civic Hall


For further details and book tickets visit Gigs & Tours The Shires UK Concert page