C2C: Country To Country arrives at London’s O2 Arena today and we’re sure it’s going to be a packed couple of days.
This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet with the cream of country music and the up-and-coming stars of the genre performing across the 7 stages around The O2. Whilst the big names are likely the draw, it’s a chance to discover new artists that are setting the foundation for a long and fruitful career.
Ahead of Day 1 kicking off at 11am, we’ve put together a preview guide so you know what to expect and who to make sure you see perform.
16:45 – Brandy Clark
The singer-songwriter will be kicking things off with selections from her 12 Stories album.
17:30 – Lee Ann Womack
The country music survivor will perform a collection of her hits, including breakthrough smash I Hope You Dance, alongside newer material from her 2014 album The Way I’m Livin’.
19:30 – Florida Georgia Line
Bro-country is coming to The O2 courtesy of hip-hop infused duo Florida Georgia Line. Expect high-energy from the set including selections from latest album Anything Goes and their hits including Cruise.
21: 15 – Luke Bryan
The current leading man of country music will make his UK debut with a headline set. With four albums of material to choose from, including his latest set Crash My Party, it’s sure to be a hit packed set with plenty of sing-a-long moments.
This is the new stage that is located at the back of The O2 Arena. It will host two acoustic performances per day that will take place between the performances on the main stage.
17:30 – Sam Hunt
This is one performance you can’t miss today. Sam is the fastest rising modern country star of recent times and you want to be able to say you saw him here first. Acoustic versions from his album Montevallo are sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
19:00 – Sam Palladio
The Nashville actor is making a rare musical appearance in the UK with an acoustic set. We’re expecting him to perform songs we know from the show with some original material in the mix.
Whilst the music in the main arena doesn’t kick off until 16:45, performances on the pop-up stages run from 11am until 16:45 giving you a chance to immerse yourself in the best upcoming country music. We’ve selected a few acts that you should definitely go and see throughout the day:
Music Mile Stage
14: 10 – Sam Hunt
If you don’t get to see him on the Satellite Stage, make sure you see him in a more intimate setting. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Town Square Stage
13:45 – The Shires
UK duo The Shires are on course to make chart history on Sunday as the first UK country act to enter the Top 10 on the album chart with debut album Brave. There’s something really special about them so we say you should make time in your diary to go and check them out.
Brooklyn Bowl Stage
13:00 – Carolynne Poole
The former X Factor and Fame Academy star has ditched her pop sound for a foray into country. She’s the second act to perform on the Brooklyn Bowl Stage and she’ll definitely draw a crowd curious to hear what she’s doing now.
15:15 – Ward Thomas
Ward Thomas are performing four times this weekend but seeing them on the Brooklyn Bowl Stage is likely to be their standout performance. The intimate, yet deceptively large space will be perfect for their sister harmonies as they belt out songs off their album From Where We Stand.
For more information about C2C head over to http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com and for the full line-up go to http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com/event-info/event-schedule-stage-times-at-the-o2