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C2C: Country to Country 2020 – 10 acts we want to see on the line-up

A week has passed since C2C: Country to Country 2019 kicked off and we’re getting over our blues by thinking ahead to 2020.

The line-up for C2C 2020 will be announced in October (if past years are anything to go by) so that means we have plenty of time to speculate about who might be coming over. With so many artists to choose from, we’ve picked 10 that we definitely want to see on the C2C stages.

Find out who are choices are…


1. Brooks & Dunn

The ‘legend’s slot’ is always a tough one to fill and it usually proves to be the festival’s most divisive. We’d like to see Brooks & Dunn come over, especially as they’ve got their Reboot album featuring contemporary artists covering their songs coming out. They have the star power, the hits and the stage presence to blow our socks off.


2. Charlie Worsham

Charlie Worsham is a favourite here in the UK so it’s amazing that he’s never been on the Main Stage. Arguably more popular than some of the artists that have graced the Main Stage, we think Charlie should open one of the days next year. With his fantastic songs and incredible guitar playing, we think he’d go down a storm.


3. Chris Lane

He’s finally coming to the UK in October to support Brad Paisley but we want to see Chris Lane at C2C. We don’t care if he’s Main Stage, pop-up stage or Spotlight Stage, he just needs to be part of it. Lane has a number of hits – Fix, For Her, Take Back Home Girl, I Don’t Know About You – and he’s very, very popular.


4. Cole Swindell

We often feel that Cole Swindell doesn’t get the recognition he deserves and appearing at C2C could definitely help his international profile. With three albums under his belt, including his most recent smash All Of It, Swindell would be a crowd-pleaser. He could very well turn out to be C2C 2020’s Dustin Lynch if he gets a Main Stage slot.


5. Jake Owen

How has Jake Owen never been to the UK? We desperately need him over here for C2C 2020 on the Main Stage. With a new record label home and new album Greetings From… Jake, Owen is back on the right track with his music. There’s a lot of love for Owen on this side of the pond, which makes him being part of C2C a no brainer. Plus think of all the hits he would sing!


6. Jordan Davis

We were pretty surprised when Jordan Davis wasn’t part of this year’s line-up to be honest. He was one of the breakout stars of Country music in the past 12 months and he could have easily had his Drake White moment had he been part of the festival. Next year he should be on the Spotlight Stage, perform on the pop-ups and do one of the after parties.


7. Kassi Ashton

One of the most exciting emerging artists in the genre right now, Kassi Ashton has been to the UK before as part of Country Music Week but she’s never performed at C2C. Her latest track Violins is an absolute tune and Ashton has a big personality that would work well at the festival. She’s destined for big things and we want her to come back next year!


8. Michael Ray

If you’ve read either of our reviews of Michael Ray for this year’s C2C, you’ll know we think he should have been a Main Stage artist. How on earth he wasn’t is beyond us! Next year he should do an Ashley McBryde and graduate from the Spotlight Stage to the Main Stage, where he’ll undoubtedly blow us away. In response to our reviews he said on social media that he’s ready for the Main Stage so c’mon C2C!


9. Morgan Wallen

Another artist we expected to be on the bill for this year, Morgan Wallen is long overdue a trip to the UK. He’s on a streak right now in the US with the success of his single Up Down featuring Florida Georgia Line and Whiskey Glasses. With a real chance to make an impact in the UK, we want to see him wowing the crowds in 2020.


10. Sara Evans

Another possible option for the ‘legend’s slot’, or in our eyes a headliner, Sara Evans would be a huge hit at C2C. She’s one of the best-selling female artists in Country music and her back catalogue is incredible. Her latest album Words is pretty flawless too, despite being criminally under-supported by Country radio in the US. Evans is a huge star and it’s about time she got a chance to showcase her music in the UK.

Early bird tickets for C2C: Country to Country 2020 are on sale from 10am today from

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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