Florida Georgia Line

DAY 2

Florida Georgia Line

Cole swindell, Chris Lane

Sat, July 2, 2016

12:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$149 - $269

This event is all ages

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line
In country music, there are the rule breakers and the rule makers – artists who defy trends to pave something new, something original, something maybe a little shocking at the time. Johnny Cash. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Alabama. Waylon Jennings. Garth Brooks. These are the forces who took the bones of an American musical legacy and burst through with their own unique voice – leaving, in their wake, the seeds of the future. And now, on the tail end of a whirlwind few years that catapulted them to the top of the charts and to the center of fans' hearts across the world, is Florida Georgia Line, claiming their spot in the grand tradition of these Music Row renegades. How'd they do it? One simple mantra, really.

"ANYTHING GOES," says the Georgia half of FGL, Tyler Hubbard. "It says it all. No boundaries, no genre, no rules." Living according to their own doctrine, in their own completely singular creative space, has become the lifeblood of Florida Georgia Line. So much so, that when it became time make the follow-up to their smash trendsetting – not to mention chart-topping, 2X Platinum debut – HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES, there was only one option: ANYTHING GOES.

"There's a little something for everybody in there," says Hubbard. "If that helps shape where country is heading, or breaks down walls, then great. But it's just what Florida Georgia Line has always done."

Since forming in 2010, Florida Georgia Line has taken the songwriter skills honed from their early days in Nashville and shredded them to bits, all while simultaneously using the deep roots of country music to build something new and totally thrilling. From the most raucous party moments to unexpected self-reflective odes, FGL is an unstoppable powerhouse only looking to answer to themselves, and, perhaps most importantly, their fans.

"We've always been comfortable doing something that may or may not be accepted," says Brian Kelley, the Florida side.

And ever since the two met while attending Belmont University, they've been following that credo – going from songwriting workrooms with nothing more than an acoustic guitar or two, to a headlining tour, crisscrossing the nation, collecting awards, bringing people up when they need to "Cruise," lifting them out when they're deep in the "Dirt."

Except, of course, their music wasn't just haphazardly accepted: it was embraced with open arms. Their signature anthem "Cruise" was certified 8X platinum and became the best-selling Country single ever (according to SoundScan) – and the remix with Nelly rocked both the charts and eager genre-taggers. With their Republic Nashville debut, FGL is the only artist in history to join legends Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles. They've taken the "anything goes" approach with them from day one – never once, however, compromising their vision.

"We've built this from the ground up," says Kelley. "That's something we never take for granted. Tyler and I are hands on with it all, from set list to email. Everything we do, we have put the FGL stamp on it. This is our love and our passion. We run it as a business…and a party."

And FGL is indeed a party. ANYTHING GOES is full of odes to the good times, from the twang-reggae "Sun Daze," to the wickedly delicious "Good Good" to the rowdy title track that's both rock and bluegrass. But that doesn't mean there aren't more serious, sincere moments: take the lead single "Dirt," for one.

"It's a little unexpected, sure," says Hubbard. "But I think we we're at a spot in our life where we wanted to show that side to people. It's how we started as songwriters. We felt it was time to release something like that." The fans agreed: it's already been certified platinum for over one million downloads sold and topped both Country radio charts to become their fifth #1 single.

It's some personal moments and milestones – marriage, engagements, loss and mourning – that spurred some of ANYTHING GOES' contemplative notes, like "Angel" or "Like You Ain't Even Gone." But it's all part of FGL's mission to show a complete package to their fans, and to be with them at every moment in their lives, from the good to the bad.

"We like to be serious, and we like to take people to church on a Wednesday night in our live set," says Hubbard. "We like to have songs that mean something, that make you feel something. And, of course, we like to have it be party."

Adds Kelley, "you can tell by listening that we felt no pressure. We wanted to push ourselves lyrically and vocally. It's very evident in the sound and the vibe. We took the confidence that country radio and the fans gave us, and made it into something that is pure FGL."

From coast to coast with national TV appearances, the FGL machine has been rolling nonstop, and sees no sign of slowing down. At the core, is the brotherhood between best friends and creative partners Hubbard and Kelley – theirs is a bond that exists past the musical realm. At the same time, they love to embrace the most thrilling minds working in Nashville today as writing partners, and recruited names like Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Chris Tompkins and Chris DeStefano to help pen the hits on ANYTHING GOES.

"The biggest thing for us was just staying in the creative zone," says Kelley. "From the best writers in town, to a producer (longtime collaborator Joey Moi) who is like a wizard on steroids. Nothing was stopping us. This record is a representation of exactly where we are in our lives. Want to know me and Tyler more? Just listen to ANYTHING GOES."

And, of course, they kept those country music renegades – Cash, Alabama, Skynyrd, Jennings – top of mind. But like those brilliant creative outlaws before them, the best way they could pay tribute to the rule-breaking tradition is just by being completely themselves.

"When you get in a creative space and you know your influences, that's when you let your natural talent come out in ways that are organic," says Kelley. "That's when the freshness comes."

Fresh, new: that's ANYTHING GOES – a new force for Nashville, a new life for country music. And a duo that is totally unafraid to take risks and innovate, every step of the way.

"There are party moments, there's loss, there are odes to amazing times on ANYTHING GOES," Kelley adds. "Just lots of real life. Now THAT is country music."
Cole swindell
Now and then, a song and artist can't be denied.

Earlier this year, Cole Swindell was nothing more or less than a terrific songwriter with a Nashville publishing deal and a growing reputation as one of the city's most exciting young performers. Now, he's on the road to stardom.

The gateway is "Chillin' It," a song as infectious and groove-laden as anything out there, with a laid-back summertime charm that perfectly captures the guy who wrote and performs it. Independent radio airplay and social media quickly turned it into a sensation. With sales continuing to rise, "Chillin' It" is trending to be his first Gold certified single. A sold-out performance at a 600-seat club in Atlanta did the rest. It was attended by Nashville label reps wanting to see if the guy from tiny Bronwood, Georgia, could put on stage what he had put on CD. The offers that poured in from virtually every major label meant the answer was an absolute "yes."

In fact, Cole's high-energy show wins converts every time he steps in front of a crowd, whether as a headliner in a club or as an opening act in front of 20,000 people.

"Honestly," he says, "I just want it to be fun. I get people who see me on stage who say, 'Hey, it looks like you're having the time of your life up there,' and I really am. Every night is just a blast and they join in."
Not bad for a guy who just three years ago was selling merchandise on tour with Luke Bryan, whom he'd once opened some shows for in Georgia. But such was his drive that there wasn't a wasted moment on the road. He watched Luke and every act he performed with, learning what worked with crowds, and he poured what he was learning into the songs he was writing.

Eventually, those songs earned him a staff writers' gig at Sony ATV, and with each co-write he expanded his circle of supporters.

"The publishing company told me, 'People are calling back and wanting more dates,'" he says. "'It seems like this town is getting behind you.' So I kept writing and paying my dues, working hard to get to the point where I deserved to be in the room with the major writers, people whose songs I was singing in college bars just a few years ago."

Meanwhile, he kept up his performing chops with solo and opening slot gigs, and finally his abilities as both a writer and performer came together on "Chillin' It," which captures all the restless energy that makes his one of the most compelling and high-energy shows in the business.

"My band laughs at me because I'm a pacer," he says. "I get anxious every time I go on stage. My music means the world to me, so if I wasn't jumping around backstage getting amped up for the show, something would be wrong. Then, when I hit the stage, I just want to get those first lyrics out. It's like football in high school. On the kickoff, once you get that first hit in, you're in your groove. From then on, it's wide open. I'm having fun."

Then he works to keep them that way.

"I don't want to have a song where people feel comfortable going to get a beer," he says. "Once we get started, I don't want them to risk missing what's next. I want them to leave saying, 'That's the best show I've ever seen.'"

As anyone who's seen him perform can attest, it's working, and now, with "Chillin' It" hitting airwaves everywhere, fans nationwide can get their first look at one of country's most compelling performers.

"The folks who are buying music just want to have fun," he says, "and 'Chillin' It' is the perfect song to introduce me to them. It isn't a full-out party song, and it isn't serious. Like it says, it's just a chill song, and that's just me."
Chris Lane
Hot newcomer Chris Lane has been making waves in the country music scene in North Carolina, selling out club shows all across the state. He has played well over 500 shows the past few years and opened for The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, among others. Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line is already buzzing about Lane's debut single "Broken Windshield View" across their social networks and tapped the talented singer to open their major headline run this summer - THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 – featuring special guest Nelly. "Broken Windshield View" recently hit country radio, including SiriusXM's The Highway, and has been highlighted as New and Noteworthy on iTunes. This fast-paced, guitar-fueled song highlights Lane's standout vocals and vividly captures life growing up in the country. The Kernersville, NC, native is currently recording his first EP with producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) to be released on Big Loud Mountain
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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