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What’s so special about Lauren Alaina?

Many people will think that this is an unbelievably stupid question. She was runner up in American Idol, wasn’t she? But that was in 2011, almost eight years ago. What does it mean for now, 2019 in Essex? The first thing that it means is that Alaina has undeniable talent. She can really sing. It also…
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Ridiculously Exciting?

Our local media group, Essex Live, has put together a Festival preview focussing mainly on the Essex artists.  It includes some lovely comments  including this from Chelmsford band The Jackson Line: “What the Dixie Fields guys have done is incredible – a mix of genuine Nashville stars like Lauren Alaina and the best of the…
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Spoiled for choice?

What makes a festival different from a concert? It’s not only that Dixie Fields Festival is literally going to be in a field – okay there’ll be a couple of tepis and a covered main stage and a big top and, you know, facilities … but it is essentially an outdoor event. An actual Essex field,…
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Stevie O’Connor — ‘powerhouse performer’

The opening evening of the Dixie Fields festival will be the first time that emerging country artist Stevie O’Connor will have played in Essex – and his fans are certain that, once we’ve heard him performing in person, it won’t be the last.  “I’ve seen him turn people into instant country music fans,” comments Kat…
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Thanks to a Southend Music Teacher

Top Essex Country music duo, Holloway Road, was one of Dixie Fields organiser Georgie Thorogood’s first signings – and it’s easy to see why. It’s not just they’re great advocates for UK Country Music (and Essex in particular)  it’s that they’re unpretentious and approachable and those qualities immediately come across in their music. It’s likeable,…
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Nashville Comes to Essex (just so you know!)

In April 2019 Dixie Fields, Essex’s first country music festival, completed its debut line up with a wave of high profile country music stars from the US and the UK. In January ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and American Idol star Lauren Alaina was confirmed as Dixie Field’s first headliner.  In 2018, the Georgia native’s…
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