THE OLD ESSEX BARN . CRANES LANE . KELVEDON . C05 9AX

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COUNTRY CALLING 2024

Wild Promotions presents Country Calling – a boutique music festival celebrating the finest in Americana and Country music on August 17th, 2024. For the first time ever, the Old Essex Barn will be transformed into an outdoor haven of all things Country. Experience top-notch live performances on the main stage, along with line dancing and country music DJs. With limited capacity, Country Calling ensures an intimate and unforgettable experience for all guests. Secure your tickets today and be part of this extraordinary event!

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HEADLINER

Kezia Gill

After a decade of honing her craft, Kezia debuted on the UK Country scene in 2018 with her album "Kezia," which won multiple awards. Her career trajectory has been impressive, with a 2019 tour in Australia, performances at Nashville's iconic venues, and recognition as Radio 2's BBC Introducing Artist. In 2021, her EP "The Mess I Made" hit number one on iTunes and by 2022 she was hitting the road to support major acts such as The Shires and nearly sold out her own first headline tour. Kezia’s biggest hit to date 'Whiskey Over Ice' knocked Shania Twain from the top spot of the iTunes Country Music chart in January 2023. Later that year, she opened for Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park in London and released her acclaimed album 'Misfit'. The accompanying tour became the hottest ticket, with most dates selling out fast. Kezia went on to win Best Female, Best Album, and Entertainer of the Year at the British CMA's which rounded off her most successful year to date. She is fresh off her debut CMA Fest performance in Nashville in June 2024, a career milestone that only a handful of British Country Artists have achieved. Kezia's unique blend of country, rock, and blues captivates audiences worldwide. With continuous support from major radio such as BBC Radio 2, and with more new music in the works, Kezia Gill is undeniably an artist to watch!

Morganway

Striking six-part harmonies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs, and a formidable live act – Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s rising Americana scene. Voted BCMA’s ‘Group of The Year’ for the second year running, 2023 was a big year for Morganway. They released their second album ‘Back To Zero’ in May to widespread acclaim. Americana UK named them a “band to watch”, and the album reached the official Americana Charts Top 20 for two weeks running. This was followed by a festival season that included a crowd of 20,000 at Cropredy, and a successful national headline tour with multiple sell-out dates. To close out 2023, they supported Elles Bailey in Germany and released their first live album, with opening track ‘Devil’s Canyon’ receiving airplay on Planet Rock Radio. With a packed summer ahead with festivals and new music dropping regularly, 2024 is shaping up to be their best year yet.

Morgan Wallen tribute UK

Introducing the electrifying: "Morgan Wallen Tribute UK: The UK's First Tribute to Country Mega Star Morgan Wallen." Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of Morgan Wallen like never before, as Morgan Wallen Tribute UK with full live band, comprised of some of the UK's finest musicians, take you on a musical journey through the hits of this world record-breaking artist. Morgan Wallen's meteoric rise to fame has made him a Music megastar, captivating audiences around the globe with his heartfelt lyrics and infectious melodies. Now, with Morgan Wallen Tribute UK, fans have the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of Wallen's music, brought to life with passion and precision. Morgan Wallen Tribute Uk pays homage to every aspect of Wallen's iconic repertoire, delivering a performance that is as authentic as it is exhilarating. Featuring his Biggest hits, Whiskey Glasses, Last Night, You Proof, Wasted On You, Up Down plus many more. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a newcomer to Wallen's music, this tribute promises an unforgettable evening filled with the energy and excitement of a live concert experience. Don't miss your chance to witness the phenomenon of Wallen's music recreated on stage by the outstanding Morgan Wallen Tribute UK. Get ready to sing along, dance, and celebrate the legacy of one of country music's brightest stars in this sensational tribute show.

True Foxes

True Foxes, an acclaimed folk/americana family duo, are quickly gaining popularity in the South West and beyond. Amie, with her soulful vocals and earworm song writing, has been compared to artists such as Brandi Carlile, Karen Carpenter, and Dolly Parton, accompanied by guitar, ukulele, banjo, and piano. Chloë complements Amie's vocals with ethereal harmonies and melodic bass lines. The duo's sisterly banter adds an emotional dimension to their performances. If you're a fan of First Aid Kit and The Secret Sisters but with a touch of British influence, you'll definitely enjoy True Foxes. Referred to as the "Hardest working female duo in the South West" by BBC Introducing, the self-managed True Foxes performed an impressive 140 shows in 2022 and more than doubled that in 2023 with 250 shows. 2024 is already poised to be a busy year for the girls after releasing their highly anticipated debut album 'Howl' in March, and completing a sold out headline UK Tour.

Luke Flear

Luke Flear is a multi award winning UK Country Rock Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Multi Instrumentalist. From rich, raspy vocals and roaring guitar solos to acoustic deep cuts and piano ballads, Luke incorporates the bounce of Pop-Rock, the grit of the Blues and the soul of Americana into a Classic Country soundscape. Born in Leeds, England, Luke has consistently performed across Europe since the age of 15, and made his move into the Country Music Scene during the summer of 2022. Since then, he has supported Nashville and UK based Artists, took to the stages of major British Festivals and venues, as well songwriter rounds and other Americana events across 2023. Through the songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and natural love for the stage, Flear is among many others bound to change the UK's relationship with the genre. Every instrument you hear on record is played and produced by Luke, with the debut album exploring countless themes of ambition, addiction, love and hate in true singer-songwriter style. Winning “Song” and “Male Singer of the year” at the 2023 UK Country Radio awards as the years top finalist, Luke Flear is next to take on the challenge of conquering Country music in Britain and further.

Shellyann

Shellyann, a dynamic singer-songwriter from South Wales, UK, is celebrated for her powerful vocals and compelling songwriting. Her authentic sound and heartfelt performances captivate audiences, earning her recognition on the BBC's All Together Now. Winning the show, with high praise from head judge Geri Halliwell, catapulted her into the spotlight. Beyond television, Shellyann has made significant strides as a songwriter, co-writing for numerous artists and earning acclaim for her versatile skills. Notably, her demos have been recorded by Welsh legend Bonnie Tyler, underscoring her respect in the music community. Currently, Shellyann is writing and recording new material, showcasing her commitment to creating authentic and evocative songs, with the first of these to be released in the autumn. As she continues to shape her career, she aims to bring her unique sound to a broader audience, poised to become a significant figure in the Country and Americana scene both in the UK and beyond.

From The Wild

From the Wild featuring Sarah Louise & Will Underwood. Sarah Louise is an international singer, songwriter and performer who has always worn her heart on her sleeve and has discovered that her vulnerable lyrics and emotional effortless vocal is the most powerful way to connect with her audience, leaving them Thrilled to have had 5 #1 hits in the iTunes Charts with My Beating Heart, Rosa Parks Blvd, She Lost Her Way – Live From Nashville , Just For You, I Ain’t Got The Time and 3 #2 singles with her songs My Grandparents and Me her cover of I Wanna Dance With Somebody and The Smile with Ian Rae in the Jazz charts. Trips to Nashville and Knoydart Scotland in last year have inspired her so much that Sarah Louise has been on a whole new path working on her 5th originals album “Change Of Plan” released March 2024 alongside her iTunes #1 EP The Now.

Line Dancing with Charles Richman

Put on your boots and get ready to tap those toes because we're in for a fantastic time with group line dancing, led by none other than the renowned Charles Richman! Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a complete beginner, Charles' energetic and fun-filled sessions are perfect for everyone. So come on down and join us for an unforgettable evening of rhythm, music, and community!

PLUS MANY MORE ACTIVITIES

The Venue

Country Calling 2024 is located in the grounds of The Old Essex Barn, Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, CO5 9AX.

The venue is conveniently located between Witham and Colchester and just off of the A12.

The nearest stations are:

Kelvedon – 1.5 miles away

Witham – 3 miles away.

Colchester – 11 miles away.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no parking at the event. There is a designated drop area outside the venue for taxis and vehicles to drop and collect from. We advise customers to use public transport to the nearest stations and taxi from there. Alternatively, the nearest available public parking is located by Kelvedon station (1.5 miles away) and is only a short taxi ride away. Given the rural location, we advise customers to pre-book their pick-ups for the end of the night. We have provided a list of local taxi companies in the FAQ section.

Doors open at 2pm and the first performance will begin around 3:30pm. The headline act is scheduled for 9pm. Act timings are subject to change.

The headline act is due to finish at approximately 10:30pm and the event closes at 11pm. All guests must depart the event once it closes. Act timings are subject to change.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to pre-book?

Yes, tickets are limited so must be pre-booked to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment.

How will my tickets arrive?

As soon as you’ve completed the purchase of your tickets you will be shown your order number (please make a note of this) as well as a link to download your tickets immediately. You can also use your order number and email address to access your tickets via the “My Tickets” section of our website.

Where is the event?

The event is located at the OLD ESSEX BARN, CRANES LANE, KELVEDON, ESSEX, CO5 9AX

What time can I arrive?

Doors open at 2pm and the first performance will begin around 3:30pm. The headline act is scheduled for 9pm. Act timings are subject to change.

What time does the event end?

The headline act is due to finish at approximately 10:15pm and the event closes at 11pm. All guests must depart the event once it closes. Act timings are subject to change.

Can children attend?

Country calling is for adults aged 18 and over. Proof of age will be requested.

Who needs a ticket?

All attendees of the event are required to purchase a ticket.

Can my tickets be changed or cancelled?

Tickets cannot be changed or amended once booked.

I can no longer attend; can I get a refund?

Tickets for the event are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.

Will the event be cancelled if there is bad weather?

This is an outdoor music event and will continue in all-weather conditions unless it presents a safety concern as assessed by our team. Unfortunately, if you choose not to attend due to weather, your tickets cannot be refunded. If the organisers of the event choose to cancel the event over a safety concern, customers will be notified by email with their options.

Is there parking available?

There is NO parking available for the event. There is a small drop off area at the entrance where you can be dropped off and collected from. The nearest public parking is located at Kelvedon train station which is approximately 1.5 miles from the event. If travelling by public transport we advise parking in Kelvedon and arranging a taxi to drop off and collect.

Where is the nearest parking?

The nearest parking is located by Kelvedon railway station which is approximately 1.5 miles from the event.

What are the nearest railway stations to the event?

Kelvedon Station – approximately 1.5m miles from the event.

Witham Station – approximately 1.5 miles from the event.

Can you recommend a local taxi company?

Here you will find a list of local taxi companies, we advise booking your journey in advance:

Crusader Cabs Witham – 07368304464

Witham Cabs 24/7 – 01376429777

Terry’s Cars – 07710778121

Are dogs allowed into the event?

Dogs are NOT permitted into the event.

Will there be strobe or flashing lights?

There are no strobe lights at the event but there are lots of stage lighting effects which will be flashing and pulsating at times.

Do I need to print my tickets?

You will need to show your ticket and QR code upon arrival which can be done by either displaying this on your mobile device or printing them in advance. If using your mobile device, please ensure you download your tickets onto your device before arrival.

Will the line-up change?

The acts advertised are booked for the event. If there are unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to amend the line up as required.

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