Country To Country 2018 announces bulk of line-up
So the first, and biggest, round of acts have been announced for 2018’s C2C County To Country festival. Taking over London’s O2 as well as Glasgow and Dublin, these are the acts dominating the sound waves over the weekend of 9th to 11th March 2018.
Announced ahead of the rest were the biggest, husband and wife team Faith Hill & Tim McGraw. Neither is a regular performer in the UK so it’s a bit of a coup to get the pair over for the festival. For traditionalists and newcomers to country this is the perfect booking. Also headlining are Little Big Town, fresh from their recent UK tour. Having appeared twice already it’s their first time topping the bill and there isn’t a band more deserving. With hits like 'Girl Crush', 'Pontoon', 'Happy People', and tonnes more they’ll be a perfect finish to one night’s music. The final, and slightly leftfield, headliner is the wonderful Kacey Musgraves. Having appeared in 2016 her headline slot must surely be the sign of a new record on the horizon before March 2018. Having toured the UK regularly early in her career she’s not returned since her 2016 C2C show.
The one thing that C2C has been getting better at over the years is mixing the mainstream acts with the cooler, more “outlaw” type singers breaking out. UK audiences have welcomed acts like Margo Price with open arms over the last couple of years and to see her on the main stage in the O2 will be a real treat. The other standout here is Emmylou Harris, a true country legend, who somehow inexplicably isn’t headlining, but will bring 40 odd years of country music to the festival. Amongst the newcomers, Kelsea Ballerini has just finished blowing away audiences supporting Lady Antebellum around the UK, and Kip Moore is also well known to British crowds. Two of the more intriguing acts on the bill are North Carolina’s Luke Combs who will bring a commercial sound based in tradition, and the controversial trio Midland who play uber-traditional country music with the flair of a commercial band. A hugely interesting mix of acts.
The Spotlight Stage (London only)
Some of the real treats over the past couple of years have come on the Spotlight (or Yamaha, or Satellite) Stage, with both Cam and Ashley Monroe being given scant time to bewitch the crowds. Next year the guitar-wielding Lindsay Ell and Lukas Nelson will combine with the catchy country-pop of Jillian Jacqueline and songwriting chops of Nashville mainstay Ashley McBryde to give the newly names Spotlight Stage some real cool cachet.
There are more acts to be announced before the festival, including a number of additional main stage acts, and the huge number of pop-up stage artists.
Tickets for C2C are oon saleon Friday 20th October. More information will be available on the festival website.