Midland concluded their completely sold-out, debut headline tour of the UK last night with a triumphant show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Playing to packed houses at all stops on the tour which took in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Birmingham and London, Midland firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting bands on the country scene today.
Photograph: Colin Jones
The sold-out run of UK shows caps a hugely successful year for Midland, made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. They won the ACM Award for New Vocal Group of the Year 2018, garnered two 2018 Grammy Award nominations, a CMT Award nomination and three 2018 CMA Awards nominations. Their performance of ‘Eastbound and Down’ as a tribute to Burt Reynolds was a highlight of the recent CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
First album On The Rocks, featuring 13 songs all written or co-written by Midland, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums sales chart in the US, amid rave reviews both sides of the Atlantic. It produced hit singles, platinum-certified ‘Drinkin’ Problem’, ‘Make A Little’ and ‘Burn Out’. Midland have amassed over 296 million on demand streams (audio and video) and over 111 million on demand video views to date.
Their main stage performance at C2C 2018 last March was heralded as one of the stand-outs of the Festival and their now legendary show at London’s Omeara the following week sold out in minutes.
Midland are working on their much-anticipated sophomore album and 2019 will see them take to the road with Little Big Town on their Breakers tour of Canada.
Look out for our ” interview” in the next few days.