Rascal Flatts crosses the pond
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
– Rascal Flatts will head to Europe over America's Independence holiday to headline seven shows in Norway, Sweden, England and Ireland.
The European concerts will occur during a two-week break from their U.S. Farmers Insurance Presents Rascal Flatts "Live & Loud Tour." The performances will be the second time the band has played in London, but a first in all the other countries.
Due to demand for the London date, a sell out resulted in a second concert being added.
Tour dates are:
July 5 Vinstra, Norway Country Music Festival Vinstra
July 6 Gothenburg, Sweden Tradgarn
July 7 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
July 10-11 London, England Shepherd's Bush Empire
July 13 Killarney, Ireland INEC
July 14 Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre
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