The London date is part of the Albert Sessions which encourage up-and-coming acts to play the venue, attracting younger audiences through lower ticket prices. The sessions feature masterclasses where the headline act shares expertise with young people from schools across London. Previous headliners have included Chvrches, The Tallest Man on Earth, Lianne La Havas, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Bugg, Foals and First Aid Kit.
Little Big Town are already big on the American country music circuit – their latest album's first single, the Taylor Swift-penned Better Man, was number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The Breaker is the group's seventh studio album, and follows up Wanderlust, their collaboration with Pharrell last year.
Little Big Town is Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook. They first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as Boondocks, Bring It On Home, Good As Gone and the Grammy-nominated single Little White Church. Albums such as Tornado and Pain Killer, and number one singles Pontoon, Tornado, Day Drinking and the best-selling country single of 2015 Girl Crush, have helped build-up a huge fanbase. In fact, may critics claim they just about stole the show at last year's C2C: Country to Country music event.
In October 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McEntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Two weeks later, they were inducted. In the past five years they have taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. They are the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and at the 2016 Grammy Awards they won "Best Country Group/Duo Performance" and Girl Crush was named "Best Country Song".
Joining Little Big Town on their UK tour is breakout country newcomer Seth Ennis. The 24 year-old multi-instrumentalist co-wrote, co-produced and played all parts on his debut single Woke Up In Nashville. A Georgia native, during 2017 he is set to join the Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots tour, the Tim McGraw and Faith HillSoul2Soul world tour, the Billy CurringtonStay Up 'Til the Sun tour and Luke Bryan's Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day tour.
Little Big Town/ Seth Ennis 2017 UK tour dates:
September 28: Albert Hall, Manchester; September 29: O2 Institute, Birmingham; October 1: The Sage, Gateshead;
October 2: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow;
October 3: Colston Hall, Bristol;
October 5: Royal Albert Hall, London.