Margo Price at The Long Road Festival 2023 by Kendall Wilson

Margo Price Covers The Band at The Long Road Festival 2023

August 26, 2023 10:17 am GMT
Last Edited August 27, 2023 10:36 am GMT

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Photography by Kendall Wilson

For those in the know amongst The Long Road Festival attendees, Margo Price's set was a unanimous must-see.

Following the recent announcement of the extended edition of her 2023 album, Strays - which will feature nine new tracks, set for release on October 13 - the UK crowd were eager to catch a preview of new songs and what they can expect from the three-act record.

Price is one of the most nominated artists at this year's forthcoming Americana Awards & Honors, and her set this weekend demonstrated exactly why.

Working her way through songs from Strays - a clear-eyed mission statement delivered in blistering rock and roll - and her older discography, Price's no-fucks-given attitude shone through brightly. Her set journeyed through her tunes with a decidedly 70s rock energy, one reminiscent of Patti Smith at her most shamanistic.

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Photography by Kendall Wilson

Despite a prime-time slot on the Rhinestone Stage, Price's set seemed notably unfilled. That may've had something to do with the nature of her music - songs and a style that seem far more ideally experienced amongst a shoulder-to-shoulder, intoxicated crowd in a dingy underground club.

Sure, her sound is arena ready, but this festival's crowd weren't quite prepared for that - the old dudes sat down in their camping chairs with sandals on were not the target audience.

For example, before launching into 'Light Me Up', a rollicking number that rose into an unforgiving rock n roll crescendo, Margo shared, "I took a lot of psychedelics, and in the process of writing decided that country music should have a lot more songs about the female orgasm. So, you’re welcome", with all the feminist queen energy she's revered for.

All in all, it was a powerful, psychedelic-infused set that marked her return to the UK after a six-year-long break a triumph, again carving out her place as a women's icon in country music.

Margo Price - Setlist

Taken from her performance at The Long Road festival in Leicestershire, UK on Saturday 26th August

  1. Been to the Mountain
  2. Letting Me Down
  3. Four Years of Chances
  4. Hands of Time
  5. Change of Heart
  6. County Road
  7. Light Me Up
  8. Tennessee Song
  9. Landfill
  10. Evangeline (The Band cover)
  11. Strays
  12. That's How Rumors Get Started
  13. Hurtin' on the Bottle

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