UK’s biggest country music duo to perform at Pub in the Park event

THE SHIRES Set to take to the stage at Pub in the Park

THE TIMES can exclusively reveal that The Shires, the UK’s biggest country music duo, will be heading to Tunbridge Wells this summer.

They will be appearing as part of this year’s Pub in the Park music line-up. Organisers of the hugely successful food and music event, which takes place over the weekend of July 7-9, broke the news to the Times last week, ahead of today’s official announcement.

The Shires will take to the stage on the final day of the popular food and music festival, which is held in Dunorlan Park on Sunday July 9.

The Shires are composed of singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, and since launching their first album Brave in 2015 they have gone on to release two more albums and become the UK’s most successful country act. They say their music takes inspiration from some of the greats including Fleetwood Mac, The Dixie Chicks and Bread.

Ben and Crissie join fellow musicians Badly Drawn Boy, McFly, EMF and the legendary Sister Sledge on Pub in the Park’s music bill for this year’s event in Tunbridge Wells.

Pub in the Park is the brainchild of Michelin star chef and TV presenter Tom Kerridge and was founded in 2017. Since then it has become the biggest food and music festival tour in the UK, taking in numerous locations nationwide, including Tunbridge Wells, since 2018.

Tickets for this year’s Pub in the Park are on sale now at

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