UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel
UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel

The International Festival of Country Music, which will return to U.K. stages in February, has announced the addition of Charley Pride and Asleep At The Wheel to the Wembley Arena bill.

Pride, now 73, will play only the Wembley show Feb. 26, but Asleep At The Wheel will also perform at the festival's Odyssey Arena, Belfast date three days later. The tour then moves on to Zurich, Switzerland March 2 and Mannheim, Germany March 4.

"Plans for the festivals are shaping up very well," says promoter Mervyn Conn, who launched the original festivals, an annual feature at Wembley Arena, previously known as the Empire Pool, between 1969 and 1991. The shows, televised by the BBC, gave many British country fans their first chance to see artists such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle live on stage. "We can't wait to see everyone in February."

Reba McEntire will headline the Wembley date, which also features Lonestar, Ricky Skaggs, Narvel Felts, Jo-El Sonnier, George Ducas, George Hamilton IV & Sandy Kelly, Will Banister, Raymond Froggatt, John McNicholl and Tim McKay. Little Big Town, previously announced for the festival, have cancelled their appearances due to scheduling conflicts and plan to reschedule European shows.

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