Country To Country (C2C) has announced the line-up for its fifth year in 2017.
Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band return to the festival from March 10-12, alongside 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.
Held across The O2 in London, Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow and 3Arena, Dublin, C2C is the UK and Ireland’s largest country music festival. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, November 4.
Milly Olykan (pictured), 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."
Promoted by SJM Concerts, AEG Europe, The O2, DF and MCD Productions in association with the Country Music Association (CMA), C2C 2016 saw more than 80,000 country fans pack out the three venues. Acts included 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.
“CMA values C2C as an important vehicle for reaching and developing Country Music fans in the UK – especially as we enter the fifth year of our partnership,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. “We have seen significant growth in the UK 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.”
Additional programming is still to be announced for stages including the Yamaha Music Stage, the BBC Radio 2 Stage and the official C2C Aftershows. Free to watch stages will also return to The O2.