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C2C: Country to Country

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Years active  2013–
C2C: Country to Country
Genre  Country, country rock, country pop
Dates  16–17 March 2013 14–16 March 2014 7–8 March 2015 11–13 March 2016 10–12 March 2017
Location(s)  The O2 Arena, London (2013–) The O2, Dublin (2014–) Globe, Stockholm (2015) Spektrum, Oslo (2015–2016) Hovet, Stockholm (2016) Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow (2016–)

C2C: Country to Country is a country music festival which takes place at The O2 Arena in London every year. It was first held on 16–17 March 2013. 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.

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In 2013, it was announced that the festival would come to The O2 in Dublin on 14–15 March 2014.

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

The festival ran over three nights in 2016, and will do so again in 2017.

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.

Festival Facts

  • Carrie Underwood was the first act to headline the festival twice (2013 & 2016), with both Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band returning for a second time in 2017 (after both previously headlining in 2014).
  • Other acts that have played the main stage over multiple years are Little Big Town (2013 & 2016), Brantley Gilbert (2013 & 2015), Darius Rucker (2013, 2017) and Chris Young (2014 & 2017).
  • Sam Hunt was the first artist to be upgraded from the Satellite Stage (in 2015) to the Main Stage (in 2016), followed by Maren Morris (who performed on the Yamaha Music Stage in 2016, and upgraded to the Main Stage in 2017).
  • C2C: Country to Country 2013

    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.

    Note: The set lists below are from the London show and are not necessarily representative of performances elsewhere.

    London pop-up stages

    Saturday, 16 March 2013

    Sunday, 17 March 2013

    C2C: Country to Country 2014

    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 O2 in Dublin; aside from Martina McBride, who only played the London show. The Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley headlined the two nights.

    Note: The set lists below are from the London show and are not necessarily representative of performances elsewhere.

    C2C: Country to Country 2015

    The third C2C: Country to Country festival was held on 7–8 March 2015 at the O2 Arena in London and The O2 in Dublin. Extra dates were held in Stockholm and Oslo on 28 February - 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.

    Note: The set lists below are from the London show and are not necessarily representative of performances elsewhere.

    London pop-up stages

    Saturday, 7 March 2015

    Sunday, 8 March 2015

    C2C: Country to Country 2016

    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. 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.

    Note: The set lists below are from the London show (with the exception of Ashley Monroe, whose set list is from Glasgow).

    Bluebird Café @ C2C

    The line-up for the Bluebird Café was announced on 22 January 2016.

    London pop-up stages

    Friday, 11 March 2016

    Saturday, 12 March 2016

    Sunday, 13 March 2016

    C2C: Country to Country 2017

    The fifth C2C festival was announced at the conclusion of the previous year's festival. It will run 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. 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. 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. On his 16 February 2017 BBC Radio 2 show Bob Harris Country, Harris announced that Dolly Parton would be making a special appearance at C2C via satellite.

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

    Note: The set lists below are TBC.

    Bluebird Café @ C2C

    The line-up for the Bluebird Café was announced alongside the rest of the festival stages.

    References

    C2C: Country to Country Wikipedia


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