Rising country star Kip Moore made his UK debut at C2C: Country To Country this afternoon. The singer-songwriter has had a long journey to success working hard over a number of years to make the music he wants on his own terms. His determination has paid off with his debut album Up All Night a roaring success in the US. The album has garnered him plenty of attention across the globe and he’s finally made it over to the UK to perform live.
Kip opened up the main C2C stage today and brought country rock to the packed out arena crowd. Opening with Wild Ones, Kip ripped up the stage with crashing guitars and his distinctive vocals cutting through the melody. For his set Kip picked the highlights from Up All Night and he didn’t disappoint.
Hey Pretty Girl got one of the biggest reactions from the crowd, whilst harder songs such as Come and Get It, and Reckless (Still Growin’ Up) got the crowd on their feet and pumping their fists. Our favourite moment came on the raucous Beer Money with Kip giving one of his best vocals of the set.
The set included one cover; Oasis’ Don’t Look Back in Anger. It was interesting to hear Kip’s arrangement and he explained he’d played it for a BBC Radio appearance earlier. It sounded good with his husky vocals and was a very different beast to the original.
The set came to a close with a rousing rendition of Kip’s breakthrough smash Somethin’ Bout a Truck. It was the one time Kip was without a guitar allowing him to move freely around the stage and let his hair down a little. It also gave him the opportunity to rival Luke Bryan’s infamous gyrating and we must say it wasn’t a bad effort.
We said it when we reviewed his album, and we’ll say it again, Kip is at his best live and his voice sounds so much more powerful. He’s in his element when he’s playing to a crowd and if he was nervous about what reaction he would get from the UK then he needn’t have been. By all accounts his set went down a storm and we hope he captures that raw energy on his next record due this summer.