2018 Country to Country Festival: 10 Best Things We Saw in the U.K.

From Sugarland's big reunion show to Kacey Musgraves disco party, the London highlights of the international country music fest

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The Shires
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Luke Dyson7/10

The Shires

As the biggest-selling U.K. country act of all time, there was understandably a lot of buzz surrounding the Shires' upcoming third album. At an exclusive listening party, introduced by Bob Harris, fans and media were treated to tunes from the new release, Accidentally on Purpose. Popping new single "Guilty" seems destined for continual radio airplay on the BBC, while the love ballad "Sleepwalk" features gorgeous harmonies. A chance meeting with Ed Sheeran led to him sending a demo for his song "Stay the Night," which also appears on the record. Years of writing and recording trips to Nashville has helped evolve and mold the sound of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, and the duo's third album is bigger, bolder and showcases some vital production. If only American fans knew what they were missing.

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