London Goes Country: The Highways Festival Experience


As the early summer sun begins to cast its warm glow over the city, the buzz for the first of the season’s grand country music festivals is palpable. The Highways Festival, set to grace the iconic Royal Albert Hall this Friday and Saturday, promises to be a celebration of twang and heartstrings that fans of Country and Americana have eagerly awaited.

A Festival Like No Other

The Highways Festival is not just another music event; it’s a cultural gathering that brings together the brightest stars of Country and Americana. With a lineup boasting acclaimed acts such as The Cadillac Three, Brett Young, and The War and Treaty, the festival is a testament to the genre’s enduring appeal and growing fanbase in the UK.

 Fan can expect to see:

  • The Cadillac Three: Friday Headliner. Known for their Southern rock-infused country music, The Cadillac Three brings a high-energy performance that’s sure to get the crowd moving.
  • Brett Young: Saturday Headliner. With his soulful voice and heartfelt songwriting, Brett Young has become a favorite among country fans. His set is anticipated to be a highlight of the festival.
  • Shane Smith & the Saints: This band offers a rich blend of folk and country, with powerful harmonies and compelling lyrics.
  • The War and Treaty: The husband-and-wife duo bring an intense and soulful sound to the stage, blending roots, folk, gospel, and blues.
  • Tanner Usrey: Expect heartfelt ballads and a touch of Texas country from this rising singer-songwriter.
  • Josh Ross: This artist is known for his authentic storytelling and a voice that resonates with the spirit of country music.
  • BOWEN * YOUNG: A dynamic duo that’s sure to deliver a memorable performance with their unique sound.
  • William Prince: With a deep, resonating voice, William Prince’s music is a gentle, soul-stirring addition to the country music landscape.

The festival will feature these artists across two days, offering a diverse range of sounds and stories from the world of Country and Americana.

Two Days of Melodic Revelry

Spanning two days, the festival will transform every corner of the Royal Albert Hall into a stage for musical storytelling. From the main auditorium to the adorning rooms, with a “Country for Kids” session, photography exhibition, Songwriters round, and country music disco after party, each space will resonate with the sounds of guitars, banjos, and heartfelt lyrics. Hosted by Baylen Leonard from Absolute Radio Country, the festival is set to be an unforgettable occasion for both fans and artists.

Building Excitement

The anticipation for Highways has been building steadily, with social media channels like Twitter and Instagram abuzz with updates and fan chatter. The festival’s return has been heralded as a highlight of the musical calendar, and with good reason. After a year of virtual concerts and socially distanced events during Covid, the opportunity to experience live music in such a storied venue is a cause for celebration.

A Community of Music Lovers

What sets Highways apart is the sense of community it fosters. It’s a place where fans can come together, share their love for the music, and create memories that will last a lifetime. The festival’s atmosphere is charged with excitement, as attendees count down the days to what promises to be a highlight of this summer’s music scene.

The Final Countdown

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With just days to go, the Royal Albert Hall is poised to become the epicenter of the country music world. The Highways Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a beacon for the country music community, shining brightly as a symbol of the genre’s vibrant presence in the UK.

As we look forward to the strumming of guitars and the harmonies that will fill the air, one thing is certain: the Highways Festival is set to kick off the summer with a resounding yee-haw!

Join the excitement and be part of this musical journey. For more information and to secure your tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall’s official website. Let the countdown to the Highways Festival begin!

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