27th October 2023 0 By Jon Deaux

Hot off the heels of opening for country superstar Luke Combs on his 14-date arena tour across the UK and Europe, 49 Winchester, who The Sun described as “true masters of their craft,” have announced that they will be returning overseas in May 2024 for their first international headline tour.

With “the world at their feet” (Entertainment Focus), this tour will see the band returning to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, The United Kingdom and Ireland, playing at iconic venues including London’s KOKO. Tickets and more information can be found here, and the full tour dates can be found below:

49 Winchester 2024 UK & European dates:

May 16th – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
May 17th – Stockholm, Sweden – Kägelbanan
May 19th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
May 20th – Hamburg, Germany – Bahnhof Pauli
May 21st – Cologne, Germany – Club Volta
May 23rd – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Tolhuistuin
May 24th – La Louvière, Belgium – Le Stock
May 26th – Bristol, England – Thekla
May 27th – London, England – KOKO
May 28th – Manchester, England – Manchester Club Academy
May 30th – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
May 31st – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Limelight 1
June 1st – Dublin, Ireland – 3Olympia Theatre

For the past year, 49 Winchester, with their “infectious energy, incredible vocals and roaring guitars” (Hive Magazine), have been on the road in support of their critically acclaimed New West Records debut Fortune Favors the Bold. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top New Artist Chart, #7 on the Billboard Current Country Chart, and #10 on the Billboard Folk Americana Chart as well. Met with overwhelming critical acclaim, Rolling Stone called them “Country Music’s Buzziest of Buzz Bands,” and also named the album one of the “25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2022.” Bandcamp named Fortune Favors the Bold one of the “Best Country Records of 2022,” as did No Depression, Holler, PopMatters, Whiskey Riff, WMOT, and more. The album has quickly generated over 80 million global streams and over 35 million global streams for the single “Russell County Line.” The band also received a nomination for “Best Duo or Group” at this year’s Americana Music Awards.

Last month, the band released two brand new recordings of fan favourites ‘Everlasting Lover’ and ‘Chemistry’ (listen here), as well as a new video for ‘Everlasting Lover’, directed by Thomas Crabtree.

Formed on Winchester Street in the small mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia (population: 2,045), 49 Winchester started as a group of neighborhood teenage friends set on a calculated DIY path. In 2014 they independently released their eponymous debut, followed by 2018’s The Wind, and 2020’s celebrated III. Reflecting on his early days as a jack-of-all-trades stone mason, where it was about trying to make ends meet in an effort to keep the band rolling along, frontman Isaac Gibson can’t help but be grateful for a well-earned notion at the core of the band’s ethos — anything worthwhile in life is built brick-by-brick. “Everything has to be built. And very few people are going to achieve success overnight,” says Gibson. “We didn’t start out as a bunch of hot shot pickers out of Nashville. We started out on the ground floor — very basic songwriting and instrumentation. But we kept working at it, always progressing in what we wanted to do and how we wanted to sound — each song better than the previous one, the show this evening better than last night.”

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