Old Dominion’s love affair with the UK has been building steadily since their first time at C2C: Country to Country in 2016. The five-piece, who are all songwriters and musicians, left us wanting more during that trip and they finally came back in 2017 as part of Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour. Opening the show for Rhett, I caught them at The Roundhouse in Camden, and the reaction they got from the crowd was pretty insane. It’s no surprise following that tour that the band was asked to open the Main Stage at The O2 in London for this year’s C2C.
A firm favourite here in the UK, Old Dominion were a great choice to get the party started this year. Opening with Song For Another Time, the band immediately got everyone into a feel-good mood and it wasn’t long before the audience was well and truly warmed up, and singing along to every word. There’s something about the band that is so infectious that you couldn’t help but get swept up in the music as they went from song to song.
The set list was a mixture of songs from their first two studio albums and their recent number one single Written in the Sand was one of the first highlights. The audience definitely knew the song and it was one of many moments where you could hear them singing almost louder than the band. The funky Hotel Key, a track from their latest album Happy Endings, was an unexpected highlight and it sounded much looser in the live environment.
No Such Thing as a Broken Heart started to an explosion of cheers from the packed audience and from that point it was pretty much hit after hit. Break Up With Him, which was one of the band’s breakthrough songs, was popular and it sounded superb live while the fantastic Not Everything’s About You remains one of the best, and most under-appreciated songs, on Happy Endings.
Old Dominion brought their set to a close with Snapback and it was met with plenty of enthusiasm. The band jammed out within an inch of their life and their energy translated well in the arena. It was a high note to end the set on and it definitely will get interest for their upcoming October tour.
When it comes to feel-good, infectious Country music no one does it better than Old Dominion. Their set may have been shorter than I’d have liked (they really should have been higher up the bill) but they gave it their all and left everything on the stage. They’ve also likely sold a hell of a lot of tickets for their return visit later in the year.
Set list: 1. Song for Another Time 2. Wrong Turns 3. So You Go 4. Be With Me 5. Written in the Sand 6. 8. Hotel Key 7. No Such Thing as a Broken Heart 8. Can’t Get You 9. Nowhere Fast 10. Break Up With Him 11. Not Everything’s About You 12. Snapback Performance date: Friday 9th March 2018