C2C Country To Country 2019 preview
The UK's biggest country music festival returns to the O2 in London (as well as Glasgow and Dublin) for its seventh year, and once again brings some of country's best selling artists across the pond.
The opening day of the festival sees the UK return for Chase Rice and Cam, as well as Keith Urban's debut C2C appearance, and first show in the UK for over ten years (apart from his recently announced London show on 6th March of course...). Brett Eldredge makes only his second trip the UK and will be delivering his smooth as silk brand of country.
Cam is one of our favourite artists right now, and her warm sunny outlook will arm her set with charm. Songs like 'Diane', 'Village', and 'Burning House' are all top notch, but it'll be 'Country Ain't Never Been Pretty' that'll likely bring the house down.
But if we're honest it's all about Keith on the Friday. Love or loath him, and there are plenty in both camps, he's the biggest draw of the weekend. Having not appeared in the UK for so long obviously helps, but also his slick brand of country-pop has a hugely broad appeal. The song we're dying to hear? 'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16'.
Everyone's favourite day of every weekend is dominated by everyone's favourite band, Lady Antebellum, returning to C2C after four years away. Nearly two years on from their latest record they'll be bringing 'Bartender', 'This City', 'Army', and old favourites 'Need You Now' and 'We Own The Night' to C2C and kicking things up a notch. Before then UK favourite Hunter Hayes will be coming back to C2C as well, while Dustin Lynch will be making his UK debut appearance at the festival.
Probably most exciting on Saturday though is Carly Pearce. Also making her first trip to the UK the songstress comes packed with country tunes like 'Hide The Wine' and 'If My Name Was Whiskey'. She's opening the main stage on the Saturday in London and you really need to get there early to catch a star in the making.
The final day of C2C sees two favourites of the last couple of years graduate to the main stage with Ashley McBryde and Drake White & the Big Fire kicking things off. Both acts made a huge splash (McBryde in 2018 and White in 2017) with sets on the BBC Radio 2 Stage amongst others. Look out for 'Livin' Next To Leroy' and 'Story'.
Lyle Lovett is playing his first show in the UK for a few years (since 2011?) and is taking what has fast become the legend slot at the festival following Emmylou Harris last year, and Marty Stuart in 2017. The Texan has a huge back catalogue to work through and will be a perfect lead in to the most successful male artist of the last couple of years, Chris Stapleton. Anyone that caught his set in 2016 will know what a treat is lined up to close the show, the big voiced, big bearded, big hit songwriting Kentucky native has three albums of quality to take his pick from. Whether it'll be slow burners like 'Fire Away' or 'Broken Halo', or a hard rocker like 'Midnight Train To Memphis' or laid-back track like 'Traveller' there's a song there for everyone.
Supporting the artists on the main stage are a plethora of great new artists coming out of the US and UK. IF you want our advice you'll definitely not want to get a beer (or wine) when Abby Anderson is on stage on Friday, her country-pop is vibrant and catchy. Saturday sees Ireland's Catherine McGrath get her dues, as one of the best new singers on this side of the Atlantic. While Sunday sees the fab Caroline Jones take to the small stage at the back of the arena; her 'The Difference (Goshdamn)' is a brilliant tune, so stay put for her ten minutes.
For full line-up details and tickets visit the C2C website. We'll be back in a day or so with our preview of the stages outside the main arena, there are some real treats to see there too.