Sir Tom Jones has confirmed he will be joined by The Shires, Ward Thomas, Germein Sisters, Bethzienna and Chris Simmons as part of his Ages & Stages Tour taking place at Leicestershire County Cricket Club on Saturday 15th July 2023.
Being the UK’s most successful country music export, The Shires, with four top 10 albums and hundreds of thousands of tickets sold around the world, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are set to join Tom Jones once again after touring with him last year.
The duo has had some incredible achievements supporting Little Big Town, The Corrs, and Carrie Underwood (during her Cry Pretty UK tour), playing C2C Festival, a sold-out headline tour and the release of their spectacular debut album, ’Brave’ which became the first-ever top 10 album by a UK country music act. Having also sold out the Royal Albert Hall as one of their biggest achievements with three consecutive UK Top 3 albums, last year saw the release of album number five for Earle and Rhodes with ’10 Year Plan’.
Being the first and only UK country act to achieve a number one album, Ward Thomas have also been announced to join Sir Tom Jones this summer. Hampshire twins, Catherine and Lizzy have just come off the back of releasing their fifth album last month, ‘Music In The Madness’. Reaching number one for a fourth time in the UK country charts, the album consists of 12 new songs with ‘Music In The Madness’, ‘Loved By You’ and ‘Love Does’ being the fans favourites. The album also consists of Razorlight’s famous hit song ‘America’ which has been drenched in the twins’ trademark harmonies. Having performed at Glastonbury last year, “We have so much new music we can’t wait to take on tour,” says Catherine.
Having also toured with Sir Tom Jones last year, Germein join the line-up. Having grown up jamming together on their family farm in South Australia, sisters, Georgia (guitar, keys), Ella (bass, electric cello), and Clara Germein (drums) have since been turning heads with their unique brand of indie pop songs and signature harmonies. Whether it’s opening for Phil Collins, touring UK stadiums with Little Mix & Jess Glynne, or playing to a sold-out hometown crowd in Adelaide; Germein’s energetic and charismatic live shows have been described as nothing short of mesmerising with fans being in for a real treat.
Having been mentored by Sir Tom Jones in 2019, Bethzienna was on ITV hit show The Voice, where she finished in third place. The independent native Welsh artist will be bringing jazz origins dripped in country-soul, blues rock with her this summer. Bethzienna work has led to her role with ’Never Such Innocence’ – a charity mentoring the younger generation, teaching them about conflict and the legacy of World War One via song, which lead to a personal thank you message from the late Queen.
Finally, having comparisons to an ostensibly motley crew of musicians such as Brett Anderson, Neil Finn and Paul McCartney, Chris Simmons is bound to stop listeners in their tracks this summer. Having toured with Sir Tom Jones in 2021 and Passenger, Simmons has also played at a list of British festivals including Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival. He also opened for Australia’s Matt Corby and flown the English and Trans-Atlantic support flag for the likes of Kate Nash and Suzanne Vega his achievements just never stop.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of Grandslam Live Ltd said, “We are delighted to confirm that we will be bringing an amazing line-up to Leicester County Cricket Club this summer. Sir Tom is an icon, and we know fans will enjoy what promises to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable shows they’ll ever see!”.
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