A Short Cut to the Long Road (Festival)

Cassadee Pope a woman on stage with her foot on a speaker singing into a microphone with orange lights in the background at the long road festival

Photo by Philippa Myall-Chance for Belles and Gals

The UK country and Americana scene were delighted to welcome back the Long Road festival, based at Stamford Hall near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, for the August bank holiday weekend.

Founded in 2018, and continuing with a successful second festival in 2019, this year saw the festival resume its upward trajectory as one of Britain’s leading country and Americana festivals.

Smaller in scale than the likes of C2C, the Long Road Festival is nonetheless able to attract the biggest names in the genre, which is increasingly, and successfully, broad in its scope.

Although Saturday night headliner Chris Young was forced to cancel his UK tour, due to Covid in his touring camp, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives rose triumphantly to the challenge of headlining, following headline act Drake White the previous night, with the Cadillac Three closing the festival on Sunday night.

Detailed reviews of the headline acts, and many of the other big names appearing, will follow on our site during the week, however, The Long Road festival has a lot more to offer than big names alone.

As well as the main Rhinestone stage, the Interstate stage offers an indoor marquee setting for acts including Drake White on the opening night, and Gretchen Peters on the second night; together with several smaller stages.

Photo by Philippa Myall-Chance for Belles and Gals

The Front Porch is exactly what it says on the tin – an outdoor venue, with artists ranging from solo acts to bands playing on the aforementioned front porch of a single-storey wooden house, while Buddy’s Good Time Bar, a new venue for 2022, offers a further stage with its own bar and seating areas, in a delightful woodland setting, just off the main festival drag. Add to this the Showground – a small acoustic stage for solo performers and duos, open in the morning each day, and you have a perfect combination of small and large venues within the festival site, catering for the full range of country and Americana acts.

The festival is well provided in terms of both good quality eating outlets, and bars, and makes a point of being family-friendly, with plenty of activities for youngsters, as well as catering to dogs and their owners, with a dedicated dog walking area.

All of these combine to make a welcoming and friendly environment to enjoy great music. And the sun shone too. What is not to love?

The Belles and Gals team look forward to the Long Road 2023, and urge our readers and all those who love country and Americana to make it a firm fixture in their diary each year.

The Long Road Festival will return 25th-27th August 2023 with super early bird tickets on sale now. You can get tickets here.

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