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C2C: Country to Country is a country music festival which has been held in Europe every year since 2013. It was first held in London on 16–17 March 2013.[1] The festival was the first multi-day country music event in the United Kingdom, since the demise of the popular International Festival of Country Music, which was held at Wembley Arena and hosted by Mervyn Conn. The event was jointly developed by the O2 Arena and SJM Concerts, collaborating with the Country Music Association.[1]

C2C: Country to Country
C2C-CountryToCountryLogo.jpg
GenreCountry (Rock, Pop), Americana
Dates16–17 March 2013
14–16 March 2014
7–8 March 2015
11–13 March 2016
10–12 March 2017
9–11 March 2018
8–10 March 2019
13–15 March 2020
Location(s)London
Dublin
Glasgow
Oslo
Stockholm
Amsterdam
Berlin
Sydney
Brisbane
Years active2013–
Websitewww.c2c-countrytocountry.com

In 2013, it was announced that the festival would come to the 3Arena in Dublin on 14–15 March 2014.[2]

The festival expanded even more into Europe, adding additional dates in Sweden and Norway in 2015, and the Netherlands and Germany in 2019.

As of the 2015 festival, pop-up radio station BBC Radio 2 Country was set up and runs over 4 days, including a live broadcast of the main stage performances.

Since 2016,[3] the festival has ran over three nights.

In 2018, Milly Olykan received the Jo Walker-Meador International Award from the Country Music Association for her role in helping AEG concerts develop C2C. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting country music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.

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VenuesEdit

 
The festival has been held at the O2 Arena since its inception.
 
C2C was upgraded to the SSE Hydro because of its larger capacity.
Venue City/Country Years
O2 Arena London, United Kingdom 2013-present
3Arena Dublin, Ireland 2014-present
SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland 2018-present
Clyde Auditorium 2016-2017
Spektrum Oslo, Norway 2015-2016
The Globe Stockholm, Sweden 2015
Hovet 2016
AFAS Live Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019-present
Verti Music Hall Berlin, Germany 2019-present
Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, Australia 2019
Entertainment Centre Brisbane, Australia 2019

Festival FactsEdit

C2C: Country to Country 2013Edit

The first C2C: Country to Country festival was announced in late November 2012, and was held on 16–17 March 2013 at the O2 Arena in London. Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood headlined the two nights respectively.

16 March 17 March

Headline acts in bold

Kristian Bush Set List
  • 1. American Window
  • 2. Love or Money
  • 3. Make Another Memory
  • 4. Baby Girl
  • 5. You're Gonna Get Yours
  • 6. Atlantic City
  • 7. Shine On
Little Big Town Set List
LeAnn Rimes Set List
Darius Rucker Set List
Carrie Underwood Set List
  1. Good Girl
  2. Undo It
  3. Wasted
  4. Quitter
  5. I Told You So
  6. Two Black Cadillacs
  7. Some Hearts
  8. Last Name
  9. Temporary Home
  10. Jesus, Take the Wheel / How Great Thou Art
  11. Cowboy Casanova
  12. All-American Girl
  13. Nobody Ever Told You
  14. One Way Ticket
  15. Leave Love Alone
  16. So Small
  17. Flat on the Floor
  18. Cupid's Got a Shotgun
  19. Before He Cheats
  20. I Know You Won't
  21. Blown Away

London pop-up stagesEdit

C2C: Country to Country 2014Edit

The second C2C: Country to Country festival was held on 15–16 March 2014 at the O2 Arena in London, and on 14–15 March 2014 at The 3Arena in Dublin; aside from Martina McBride, who only played the London show. The Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley headlined the two nights.

Dublin – 14 March
London – 15 March
Dublin – 15 March
London – 16 March

Headline acts in bold

Zac Brown Band Set List
The Band Perry Set List

London pop-up stagesEdit

C2C: Country to Country 2015Edit

The third C2C: Country to Country festival was held on 7–8 March 2015 at the O2 Arena in London and The 3Arena in Dublin. Extra dates were held in Stockholm and Oslo from 28 February to 1 March 2015 with very similar line-ups. Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum headlined the two nights. Two events under the C2C banner were also held in Glasgow at the Clyde Auditorium. Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Lindsay Ell played the venue on 3 March, while Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Brandy Clark performed on 5 March.

The CMA Songwriters Series took place on 6 March and starred Kix Brooks, Brandy Clark, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall and Sam Palladio.

Stockholm – 28 February
Oslo – 1 March
London – 7 March
Dublin – 8 March
Oslo – 28 February
Stockholm – 1 March
Dublin – 7 March
London – 8 March
London Satellite Stage

Headline acts in bold

Brandy Clark Set List
  • 1. Stripes
  • 2. Big Day In A Small Town
  • 3. What'll Keep Me Out Of Heaven
  • 4. Broke
  • 5. Better Dig Two
  • 6. Mama's Broken Heart
  • 7. Hold My Hand
  • 8. Get High
  • 9. Crazy Women
  • 10. You Can Come Over
  • 11. Take A Little Pill
  • 12. Hungover
Lee Ann Womack Set List
Florida Georgia Line Set List
Kip Moore Set List
Brantley Gilbert Set List

London pop-up stagesEdit

C2C: Country to Country 2016Edit

The fourth C2C: Country to Country festival was held over three nights from 11–13 March 2016. Glasgow joined London and Dublin as the third venue. Carrie Underwood was the first headliner to be announced at all three venues, becoming the festival's first returning headliner following her appearance in 2013. The launch party was held at the Brooklyn Bowl inside the O2 Arena in London on 6 October 2015, the event was followed by a headlining Little Big Town concert. At the launch party it was announced that Miranda Lambert and Eric Church would join Carrie Underwood as the other headliners, although Miranda Lambert's involvement was leaked earlier that day by her own website, which also listed her three support acts on the bill. The full line up for the Yamaha Music Stage in London (formally named the Satellite Stage) was announced on 16 November 2015.[4]

The CMA Songwriters series acted as the beginning of C2C, taking place on 9 March and featuring Shane McAnally, Charlie Worsham, Ashley Monroe, Lori McKenna and Charles Esten as well as a special surprise appearance from Miranda Lambert.[5]

Stockholm – 4 March
Oslo – 6 March
London – 11 March
Dublin – 12 March
Glasgow – 13 March
Glasgow – 11 March
London – 12 March
Dublin – 13 March
Dublin – 11 March
Glasgow – 12 March
London – 13 March
Main Stage
London Yamaha Music Stage

Headline acts in bold
Satellite Stage acts in italics

Ashley Monroe Set List
Thomas Rhett Set List
Maddie & Tae Set List
Sam Hunt Set List
Little Big Town Set List
Carrie Underwood Set List
Andrew Combs Set List
  • 1. Foolin'
  • 2. Please, Please, Please
  • 3. Suwannee County
  • 4. All These Dreams
  • 5. Emily
  • 6. Too Stoned To Cry
  • 7. Month of Bad Habits
Chris Stapleton Set List
Kacey Musgraves Set List
Eric Church Set List

London pop-up stagesEdit

C2C: Country to Country 2017Edit

The fifth C2C festival was announced at the conclusion of the previous year's festival. It ran over three nights from 10–12 March 2017. Early bird tickets for the o2 Arena in London went on sale at 9.00am on 18 March 2016.[6] The line-up was announced in "waves", with the first wave being announced on 24 October 2016 via a launch event at the Brooklyn Bowl.[7] The 3-day breakdown was released on 1 November, with Reba McEntire and Marty Stuart announced as the final two acts the following day at 4pm.[8] Una Healy appeared on the Spotlight Stage in Dublin on 12 March, opening for Reba.

The remainder of the Yamaha Music Stage acts for London were announced on 24 January 2017.[9]

The CMA Songwriters Series returned to kick off the festival on 9 March and featured Kristian Bush, Maren Morris, Mac McAnally, Drake White and Liz Rose.[10]

London – 10 March
Dublin – 11 March
Glasgow – 12 March
Glasgow – 10 March
London – 11 March
Dublin – 12 March
Dublin – 10 March
Glasgow – 11 March
London – 12 March
Main Stage
London Yamaha Music Stage

Headline acts in bold
Satellite Stage acts in italics

Note: The set lists below are from the London show, with the exception of Cam's set (which is taken from her Glasgow performance).

Cam Set List
  • 1. My Mistake
  • 2. Want It All
  • 3. Hungover on Heartache
  • 4. Half Broke Heart
  • 5. Mayday
  • 6. Runaway Train
  • 7. Cold in California
  • 8. Village
  • 9. Country Ain't Never Been Pretty
  • 10. Burning House
Chris Young Set List
Brad Paisley Set List
- *Alabama and Carrie Underwood appeared in pre-recorded video segments to perform their parts of "Old Alabama" and "Remind Me"
Dan + Shay Set List
Hunter Hayes Set List
Darius Rucker Set List
Brothers Osborne Set List
Maren Morris Set List
Marty Stuart Set List

London pop-up stagesEdit

^b Also part of the Bluebird Café at C2C event

C2C: Country to Country 2018Edit

The sixth C2C festival was announced on the final day of the 2017 festival and will run over three nights from 9–11 March 2018.[11] On 28 September 2017, Bob Harris announced that the first 2018 headliners would be Tim McGraw and Faith Hill[12] (who would be bringing their Soul2Soul Tour to the UK for the very first time) on his BBC Radio 2 programme. Kelsea Ballerini was announced on 3 October[13] by Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland.[14] On 5 October, Little Big Town were confirmed as the second headline act[15] with majority of the line-up being revealed the following day on 6 October at the official launch event.[16] On 16 October, Old Dominion were announced along with the three day breakdown. It was also revealed that Ashley Campbell would perform a special tribute to her father, Glen Campbell in London. On 23 November, Brett Young was confirmed for the main stage in Glasgow and Dublin as well as the Yamaha stage in London. For the first time, C2C announced that Glasgow would feature a Spotlight stage.[17] On 8 December, Sugarland were announced as the final main stage act. Composed of C2C alumni Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, the duo reformed in 2017 and are billed as "special guests", their appearances will be their first full-band shows in 5 years.[18]

The CMA Songwriters Series held on 8 March featured Brett James, Natalie Hemby, Kip Moore, Nicolle Galyon and Luke Combs[19].

London – 9 March
Glasgow – 10 March
Dublin – 11 March
Dublin – 9 March
London – 10 March
Glasgow – 11 March
Glasgow – 9 March
Dublin – 10 March
London – 11 March
Main Stage
London Spotlight Stage
Glasgow Spotlight Stage
  • Headline acts in bold, Satellite stage acts in italics
Brett Young Set List
Old Dominion Set List
Kelsea Ballerini Set List
Ashley Campbell Set List
Luke Combs Set List
Kacey Musgraves Set List
Midland Set List
Margo Price Set List

London pop-up stagesEdit

^b Part of the Bluebird Café at C2C event

C2C: Country to Country 2019Edit

The seventh C2C festival was announced on the final day of the 2018 festival and will run over three nights from 8–10 March 2019. The line-up was announced on 22 October 2018 during the CMA songwriters tour at Shepherd's Bush Empire, with tickets going on sale on 26 October 2018.[20][21] On 30 October 2018, C2C announced that a one night C2C would take place at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, and a two night festival in Berlin at the Verti Music Hall. Additionally, two events under the C2C banner would take place in Australia, albeit with a different line-up to the rest of the events held in 2019. Midland, Kelsea Ballerini and headliner Tim McGraw are set to perform in Sydney and Brisbane on 28 and 29 September respectively.[22]

The CMA Songwriters Series will be held on 7 March 2019 and features Cam, Jimmie Allen, Laura Veltz, Ross Copperman and Travis Denning.[23]

Berlin – 2 March Berlin – 3 March Amsterdam – 4 March
London – 8 March
Glasgow – 9 March
Dublin – 10 March
Dublin – 8 March
London – 9 March
Glasgow – 10 March
Glasgow – 8 March
Dublin – 9 March
London – 10 March
Main Stage
London Spotlight Stage
Runaway June
Abby Anderson
Adam Hambrick
Michael Ray
Catherine McGrath
Fairground Saints
Jimmie Allen
The Wandering Hearts
Caroline Jones
Glasgow Spotlight Stage
Michael Ray
The Wandering Hearts
Logan Mize
Caroline Jones
Travis Denning
Ingrid Andress
  • Headline acts in bold, Satellite stage acts in italics
Chase Rice
Cam
Lady Antebellum
Drake White
Ashley McBryde
Lyle Lovett

London pop-up stagesEdit


^b Also part of the Bluebird Café at C2C event

C2C: Country to Country 2020Edit

The eighth consecutive C2C festival was announced during the final day of the 2019 edition, and will run over three nights from 13-15 March 2020 in London, Glasgow and Dublin. C2C will return to Berlin from 6-8 March and the Netherlands between 7-8 March. The line-up will be released at the official launch event on 21 October 2019 at Cadogan Hall during the Introducing Nashville concert featuring performances by Danielle Bradbery, Chris Lane, Travis Denning and Rachel Wammack.[24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "First country music festival comes to The O2, London". Music Week. 6 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ "O2 Arena to be renamed 3Arena following Three takeover of O2". siliconrepublic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  3. ^ "DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND COUNTRY TO COUNTRY 2016 WILL NOW TAKE PLACE OVER THREE NIGHTS". Country 2 Country. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  4. ^ Country 2 Country. "Country 2 Country :: LINE UP CONFIRMED FOR YAMAHA MUSIC STAGE (FORMERLY SATELLITE STAGE)".
  5. ^ http://forthecountryrecord.com/2016/03/11/cma-songwriters-series-indigo2-london-uk-march-10-2016-review/[dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Country2Country [@C2Cfestival] (24 October 2016). "Here it is... The first wave of artists for #C2C17! Tickets on sale 10am Friday 4th Nov. 🇺🇸🇬🇧" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/C2Cfestival
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/i/web/status/823953900550103040
  10. ^ http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com/london/cma-songwriters-series
  11. ^ http://www.entertainment-focus.com/c2c/c2c-country-to-country-will-return-for-a-sixth-year-in-2018/
  12. ^ Bob Harris Country [@BHarrisCountry] (28 September 2017). "NP @TheTimMcGraw @FaithHill Speak To A Girl @WhisperingBob @BBCR2Country @C2Cfestival @C2CGlasgow @sandboxent..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Kelsea Ballerini [@KelseaBallerini] (3 October 2017). "In UK announcing more UK because I love UK. 💕" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ http://www.entertainment-focus.com/c2c/kelsea-ballerini-confirmed-for-c2c-country-to-country-2018/
  15. ^ Little Big Town [@littlebigtown] (5 October 2017). "Shared some BIG news tonight from Royal Albert Hall... Excited to announce that we are headlining @C2Cfestival! See..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Country2Country [@C2Cfestival] (28 September 2017). "The official #C2C2018 launch event will take place on Fri 6 Oct at London's Bush Hall with @WhisperingBob exclusively unveiling the line-up!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Bob Harris Country [@BHarrisCountry] (23 November 2017). "Here we go! @BrettYoungMusic @morganevans @MidlandOfficial @lukasnelson @walkerhayes @WhisperingBob @BBCR2Country" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Country2Country [@C2Cfestival] (8 December 2017). "VERY special guests @Sugarlandmusic announced to join #C2C2018!!! 🤠 This will be the multi @CountryMusic Award and..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/C2Cfestival/status/957927012861202433
  20. ^ https://twitter.com/C2Cfestival/status/1051801387674284032
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/C2Cfestival/status/1051803670780829697
  22. ^ http://www.iheartradio.com.au/entertainment/tim-mcgraw-returning-to-australia-for-c2c-australia-festival
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/C2Cfestival/status/1069881972351229952
  24. ^ https://www.entertainment-focus.com/music-section/ef-country/chris-lane-danielle-bradbery-travis-denning-and-rachel-wammack-to-embark-on-introducing-nashville-uk-tour/

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