Europe's biggest country music event, Country 2 Country Festival, has confirmed it will return to London’s O2 Arena for its seventh year from Friday March 8 to Sunday 10 2019. The festival is also set to return to the 3Arena Dublin and SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
Confirmed to play are Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban, who plays C2C for the first time ever, Chris Stapleton and Lady Antebellum.
Speaking about his booking, Keith Urban – who will be playing the UK for the first time in over 10 years – said: “I'm totally psyched to be getting back to the UK to play some shows. The last time we were there was a blast- and with the music I’ve made since then and the new album we’re gonna get to play to a lot of new people. Can’t wait!”
Other names confirmed to be joining the C2C 2019 headliners include returning acts like Ashley McBryde (who stole the show with an intimate set at C2C 2018), Cam, Hunter Hayes, Drake White & The Big Fire, while elsewhere Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Carly Pearce and Lyle Lovett make their C2C arena debuts. The beloved C2C Spotlight Stage will return in the arena, with performers to be announced.
Chris York, C2C Festival promoter for SJM Concerts commented: “C2C Festival 2019 continues to build on the massive success of Country to Country in the U.K. and Ireland. We are proud to present one of our strongest lineups and look forward to seeing all you passionate country fans in March once again. We would like to thank our partners at BBC Radio 2 and The Country Music Association and as ever thank you for your support.”
CMA’s Sarah Trahern added: “Since the beginning, C2C has been instrumental in growing the country fan base in the UK. The festival has helped develop superstars and also introduced hot new acts to legions of UK fans. CMA is delighted to be back here for our seventh year in partnership with the festival to continue to support great country music and our passionate UK fan base.”
The line-up announcement was made by legendary presenter Bob Harris at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, during the second annual Country Music Week in London.
Harris said: “I am so proud to have been involved with C2C from the beginning and to watch it grow to become one of the major global events in the country music calendar. I’m thrilled to once again be introducing all the amazing artists on the main stage and enjoying the fantastic atmosphere of C2C at The O2, London.”
C2C London ticket holders will have access to daytime live performances and other live events. Further details to be announced.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday October 26.
In other recent Nashville-related news, CountryLine, a new country music app – with high profile investors including Sir Elton John – has launched ahead of the arrival of Country Music Week. You can find out about it here.