The UK's biggest country music festival C2C Country To Country has broken its own mould and announced an initial set of acts, with more names promised to follow. So the first raft of acts announced the appear on 10th to 12th March 2017 are:
Dan and Shay
Zac Brown Band
With Paisley and Zac Brown headlining that leaves a third headliner and additional main stagers to be announced, plus the usual raft of sub stages and now famous pop-up stages. There are are some huge acts in the first announcement including crowd favourites Chris Young and Hunter Hayes, along with newer acts the slide guitar wielding Brothers Osborne and 'My Church' phenom Maren Morris.
Tickets are on sales 4th November, and the festival is playing London, Dublin and Glasgow.
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.”