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C2C pop-up stages: 5 acts you simply can’t miss

High Valley, Sonia Leigh, Pauper Kings and more.

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Credit: Atlantic Records Nashville

C2C: Country to Country kicks off on Friday at The O2 Arena in London and it promises to be the busiest year for the festival yet.

A lot festival goers will be looking forward to the main stage performers including Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Outside of the main arena there will be lots of artists performing all around The O2 on the pop-up stages, some of which are free for anyone who visits The O2 over the weekend.

With so many acts on the bill this year, we’ve selected the 5 that we think you should definitely make time to catch.

1. High Valley

Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel aka High Valley will be making their UK live debut at this year’s C2C. After several years of self-releasing, the duo are now signed to Atlantic Nashville. Their debut single Make You Mine is quickly gaining momentum and they are bringing a more traditional Country sound back to the charts. If you like your Country more authentic than most of the contemporary artists out there, then High Valley are one act you can’t afford to miss!

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When can you see them?

Saturday 12th March – C2C Sessions at NY-LON, Yamaha Music Stage at 17:40

Sunday 13th March – Brooklyn Bowl at 13:00


2. Sonia Leigh

Singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh has built her reputation through relentless touring both as a support act and a headliner. With five albums under her built, Sonia has amassed a solid fanbase and her songs have featured on the soundtracks of many a popular TV series. Always writing from the heart, Sonia is the true definition of a gifted singer-songwriter and she’s going to be performing three times over the weekend.

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When can you see her?

Friday 11th March – Town Square at 16:00

Saturday 12th March – Big Entrance at 11:50 and C2C Sessions at NY-LON


3. Pauper Kings

Fresh off their support slot for Brett Eldredge, Pauper Kings will be returning to C2C with new material under their belts. The Yorkshire born group combine contemporary Country and pop melodies for catchy songs that you’ll be singing after hearing them for the first time. The band are incredibly tight musically and the vocals from lead singer Tim McKay are pretty remarkable.

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When can you see them?

Saturday 12th March – Town Square at 12:00 and Under the Apple Tree Sessions at Building Six at 14:40

Sunday 13th March – Brooklyn Bowl at 15:15


4. David Nail

A fast-rising star in the world of Country, US singer-songwriter David Nail will be a definite highlight this weekend. He released his latest single Nights on Fire in the UK recently and his new album Fighter is due to arrive later this year. Nail’s last album was the fantastic I’m a Fire, which was released in 2014 and spawned the hit single Whatever She’s Got.

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When can you see him?

Saturday 12th March – Sounds like Nashville Late Nights at Indigo at The O2 at 23:45

Sunday 13th March – Brooklyn Bowl at 14:30


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5. Holloway Road

Holloway Road performed at C2C last year and they were one of the most memorable acts from the pop-up stages. The UK duo put tight harmonies at the centre of their music and they have the tunes to compete with the big stars of contemporary Country. This week they unveiled new song Little Harder and it seems that they are going from strength-to-strength.

When can you see them?

Saturday 12th March – Town Square at 10:30

Sunday 13th March – Brooklyn Bowl at 18:05


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C2C: Country to Country takes place at The O2 Arena in London from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March 2016.


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