Saturday Brunch – October 14th, 2017

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If you’re in the UK and a fan of country music there is a good chance you had an eye on social media last Friday awaiting the C2C 2018 line-up. Given that we already knew Tim and Faith were bringing their Soul2Soul tour to headline one night, and Little Big Town had the previous evening announced they’d be appearing at the top of the bill, anticipation was running high for a heavy hitter to complete the trio. The result was a little confusing. Kacey Musgraves makes a welcome return, although her positioning as the third headliner raised a few eyebrows, but the rest of the festival bill feels at least to us, like unfinished business. We know who is appearing on the freshly named Spotlight Stage (we presume this is the satellite stage at the back of the arena – hence London only), and that the legendary Emmylou Harris is on the bill alongside a fabulously eclectic mix that includes Margo Price, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Midland and Luke Combs all of whom appear mainstage over the weekend. But by our reckoning that still leaves a gap of at least two or three artists for the big stage (then there are the after-parties and other stages.), so C2C still seem to have a few cards up their sleeve.

Tickets go on sale next week, and C2C have promised day splits ahead of that, so perhaps the gaps are about timing. Their message came in the days following the massacre at Route 91 in Las Vegas, a time when many understandably chose to pay their respects with silence.

Artists like Jason Aldean and Jake Owen and country DJ Deejay Silver were all directly caught up in the Vegas atrocity and are undoubtedly still processing what they experienced, although all have said they will not back down. As the headliner slots are filled, we won’t see Aldean return in 2018, but we’d love to see Jake Owen bring his seafoam green stage set across the pond and a few Deejay Silver hosted after parties would go down a treat! We’d also welcome appearances by Nashville newcomers Carly Pearce, William Michael Morgan and Kane Brown. Stay tuned and we’ll bring you all the news as we get it but, in the meantime, here’s a taste of what we do know…

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Set to release their first ever album together in a few weeks, the pair make good on their promise to bring their Soul2Soul Tour to the UK.

Little Big Town

Riding high following a hugely successful UK tour which culminated in a packed show at the Royal Albert Hall, LBT deserve their headline slot.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey has come a long way since her first UK appearance opening for Lady Antebellum in 2012. She’s got a busy end of year with a wedding to come, but we’d love to hear some new material ahead of March!

Emmylou Harris

CMA Festival has a “legends” slot opening each evening, but with Emmylou C2C have come close to outdoing anyone we’ve ever seen in Nashville!

Kelsea Ballerini

Up for Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA awards next month, Kelsea no longer feels like a newcomer. She performed in the UK earlier this year and brought the house down when she opened for Lady Antebellum the last couple of weeks.


We LOVE this band! Their album On The Rocks is, quite simply, a game changer. We saw them open for Kenny Chesney in Boston in August and we’re pretty sure they are going to love the UK as much as the UK is going to love them! Unmissable.

Kip Moore

Kip has a huge following over here and his recent run of sell-out shows are testament to the investment he has made over here. Twitter controversy rages via his fan pages over his positioning on the C2C bill, but wherever he lands, you’d better be ready to rock!

Margo Price

Like Midland, Margo Price is pure country gold and with a new album (All American Made) out next week, we can’t wait to see her make her mark on the big stage.

Lindsay Ell

One of the best guitar players in the business. Prepare to be mesmerised.

Jillian Jacqueline

Fresh from some outstanding appearances throughout Country Music Week in London, we’ve known what a talent she is for some time. Jillian is definitely one to watch and 2018 might just be her year!

Ashely McBryde

Endorsed by Eric Church and Marty Stuart…enough said.

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Yes, he does have a famous Dad, but just listen to that voice!

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I live for the experience of live music. Nashville is my kind of town and life feels pretty good at a country concert in the sun with a cold beer in hand. My appreciation of country came via my Dad’s collection in the 70’s and 80’s and I spent my teens listening to Springsteen. On a trip to the states about ten years ago I flicked to the CMT channel and Brad Paisley’s Whiskey Lullaby had me hooked. Since then my love of the genre has seen me travel to the US regularly to attend concerts, festivals and more intimate songwriter sessions in some great venues. It is terrific to see artists making the return trip this side of the Atlantic but equally refreshing to see some fantastic homegrown talent gaining recognition. This is an exciting time for “new country” and I am very happy to be along for the ride.