C2C RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH YEAR IN 2017!
Back for its fifth year Country To Country is delighted to announce the incredible line-up for 2017!
From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March we will see the return of two of America’s biggest stars, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band to the festival alongside stellar multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Jennifer Nettles, Hunter Hayes, Maren Morris and Cam plus duos Dan + Shay and Brothers Osborne. Further artists and day splits will be announced in due course.
C2C is UK and Ireland’s largest country music festival bringing three full days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.
It follows the storming success of C2C 2016 earlier this year over 80,000 country fans packed out The O2, London, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium and 3Arena Dublin that saw multimillion selling megastars Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton plus Maddie and Tae, Andrew Combs and Ashley Monroe.
Country To Country is an incredible opportunity for fans to see their idols come together over one weekend, under one roof and is not to be missed. Tickets go on general sale 10am Friday 4th November from: www.axs.com/c2c 08448 24 48 24 and www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051. Tickets for Dublin will be available at www.ticketmaster.ie and Glasgow www.gigsinscotland.com / 08444 999 990.
The legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris says, “It’s amazing to think that C2C is five years old already and also how quickly it has grown. I am personally thrilled to be at the centre of it all and can’t wait for next March to welcome back old friends from Nashville and to introduce some new ones.”
Milly Olykan C2C Festival Director for The O2 said: We are thrilled to be going into our fifth year of Country to Country – it’s been incredible to have established an event that is so hugely anticipated by country fans and artists alike. For us to be presenting many new artists for their first time in the UK and Ireland as well as welcoming some back to C2C is fantastic. The growth of C2C owes so much to BBC Radio 2 and the Country Music Association of America – who are great partners on this festival with us."
“CMA values C2C as an important vehicle for reaching and developing Country Music fans in the U.K. – especially as we enter the fifth year of our partnership,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen significant growth in the U.K. market and have capitalized on the success of C2C to develop business relationships that have benefited the music industry, which is an important part of our mission. CMA is looking forward to bringing the CMA Songwriters Series back to C2C and sharing the artistry of the songwriters with their fans in London.”
C2C again brings the spirit of Nashville to the UK – with additional programming still to be announced including the Festival Stages for C2C ticket holders to enjoy – the Yamaha Music Stage, the BBC Radio 2 Stage and the official C2C Aftershows. Free to watch stages will also be back again at The O2.
Watch this space for more artist announcements and day splits to come plus news of The CMA Songwriters series lineup.
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Venues/dates and line-up:
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March 2017
The O2, London, UK
The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, UK
3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
DAN AND SHAY
ZAC BROWN BAND
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A critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 hits including “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me,” among others.
EMI Records Nashville's Brothers Osborne comprises John and TJ Osborne. They released their highly anticipated debut album, Pawn Shop (co-produced by them with the award-winning Jay Joyce) early in 2016 and earned their first ever GRAMMY nomination for their Top 5 hit "Stay A Little Longer". The RIAA Gold-certified tune continues to garner critical acclaim with Rolling Stone applauding the "epic and inspired picking that identify the Maryland natives as one of Nashville's best."
California-born singer/songwriter Cam has emerged as one of the true breakthrough artists of the last year with first #1 country single with “Burning House,” which earned her a GRAMMY® Award. Her Untamed album on Arista Nashville/RCA Records debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the year’s best first-week album sales by a debut country artist. She kicked off 2016 on Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It Tour and is about to end her six-month slot on Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere On A Beach Tour.
With five albums to his credit, Chris Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles, and fifteen Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist’s hits are “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” the CMA Award nominated a duet with Cassadee Pope, Young’s latest No. 1 and fastest-rising single of his career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also includes the new single, “Sober Saturday Night” and the three-week No. 1 smash title track.
Dan + Shay
Their 2014 debut Where It All Began, made them the first new country duo in SoundScan- history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. The album included the debut single, “19 You + Me” and their first No. 1 “Nothin’ Like You,” Dan + Shay’s sophomore album Obsessed, is a 10-song project including the No. 1 single, “From The Ground Up”. Racking up more than 51 million YouTube views, the pair has impressively sold more than 2.2 million digital tracks and more than 620,000 album equivalents to date, including 240 million streams.
He first attained multi-platinum status as lead singer of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles. Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey”. Rucker is currently headlining his Good for a Good Time Tour.
Hailed as a "country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making" by the Los Angeles Times, 5-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the scene with his double-Platinum, self-titled debut album and then a No.1 sophomore album, Storyline, Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating in the release of a special, three-disc collection dubbed The 21 Project. He’s been working on his third full-length studio album
Grammy® Award-winning country superstar Jennifer Nettles recently released her second solo album Playing With Fire. Highlights include the stunning lead single “Unlove You” and a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. During her career, including her time in the hit duo Sugarland, she has won five ASCAP awards and received a Grammy® Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged, “Stay.” Nettles has performed with Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more. Her new Christmas album includes a collaborations with Idina Menzel.
The 26 year-old Texan singer/songwriter has quickly established herself with vocal styling’s that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence. Morris’ album, Hero, (which includes the huge hit singles “My Church” and “80’s Mercedes”) entered the US country albums chart at No. 1. She has tied for the most nominations at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Zac Brown Band
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. Their latest gold-certified album Jekyll + Hyde, marks the band’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Together with their three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation, and their 2013 project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, the band has sold over eight million albums to date. Zac Brown Band had been on the road headlining their "Black Out The Sun" tour throughout 2016.
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