C2C (Country To Country) Festival 2019 early preview
It's that time of year again. October brings the newly established Country Music Week in London, and also the announcement of March's C2C Country To Country festival main stage line-up. We'll take a look at the initial line-up, which will be augmented in the near future by some Satellite Stage (or whatever the sponsor name is this year) and the rest of the pop-up stage lineups.
It's a banner year for some with the announcement of Keith Urban. There's no doubt he's going to sell some tickets for the festival. Not having played in the UK for over ten years means the Australian is a big draw for the festival. Whether you're a fan or not the man himself is excited: “I'm totally psyched to be getting back to the UK to play some shows. The last time we were there was a blast- and with the music I’ve made since then and the new album we’re gonna get to play to a lot of new people. Can’t wait!!!!!”
Quite the opposite to Urban, the ever dependable Lady Antebellum return to the UK again to headline, after previously taking the top slot in 2015 and bringing their own tour across the UK in 2017. They've some cracking tunes and added a brass section since they last topped C2C. It'll be a good Saturday night (in London).
The biggest, and newest "overnight sensation", is Chris Stapleton. The big bearded, big-voiced, singer-songwriter was a massive hit in 2016 on his only other trip to the UK. With two new albums and a legion of fans, he heads up a more traditional and "indie" feel to the Sunday (in London). If he can extract the same fervour from a headline slot as from his 40 minutes two years ago it'll be some night.
The pick of the rest of the main stage acts are C2C faves Ashley McBryde and Drake White & the Big Fire. Both popular acts have toured the UK quite a bit this year, White is currently without a record label and McBryde needs a bit more love for her debut record - it's fantastic. Lyle Lovett adds to the authentic cachet of the festival amongst a lot of more contemporary country like Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, and Brett Eldredge. Best announcement of the undercard though? Undoubtedly Cam. Her fantastic recent tour of the UK has left us wanting more. She'll get the larger audience she deserves at C2C.
Bob Harris: “I am so proud to have been involved with C2C from the beginning and to watch it grow to become one of the major global events in the country music calendar. I’m thrilled to once again be introducing all the amazing artists on the main stage and enjoying the fantastic atmosphere of C2C at The O2, London.”
Chris York, C2C Festival promoter for SJM Concerts: “C2C Festival 2019 continues to build on the massive success of Country to Country in the U.K. and Ireland. We are proud to present one of our strongest lineups and look forward to seeing all you passionate country fans in March once again. We would like to thank our partners at BBC Radio 2 and The Country Music Association and as ever thank you for your support.”
CMA’s Sarah Trahern: “Since the beginning, C2C has been instrumental in growing the country fan base in the UK. The festival has helped develop superstars and also introduced hot new acts to legions of UK fans. CMA is delighted to be back here for our seventh year in partnership with the festival to continue to support great country music and our passionate UK fan base.”
More acts and the daytime lineup are still to be announced. For more information visit the festival website, follow it on Twitter, or like it on Facebook. Tickets are on sale now.