Further line-up details have been announced for the 2018 edition of Country To Country (C2C), Europe's biggest country music festival, which returns from March 9-11.
C2C, which welcomed over 80,000 fans in 2017, will take place at The O2 in London, 3Arena in Dublin and, for the first time, Glasgow's The SSE Hydro, having outgrown the Clyde Auditorium. The festival is promoted by SJM Concerts and AEG Presents, in association with the Country Music Association (CMA).
Headliners for 2018 include Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town, who are returning to the UK following their recent sold-out Royal Albert Hall show to headline C2C for the first time. They will be joined by special guests Sugarland, Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion, Margo Price, Luke Combs and Midland.
"Once again Country To Country is delighted to be bringing the finest in US talent to the UK and Ireland. Our sixth year brings some welcome returning stars as well as a wealth of new and up and coming artists across many stages in London," said Chris York, C2C Festival promoter for SJM Concerts. "We are delighted to be returning to Dublin and moving to the wonderful Hydro in Glasgow where the event goes from strength to strength.
"Our fantastic partners the CMA and BBC Radio 2 continue to help us deliver the best event for the fans. This event would not be what it is without the amazing fans of all things country over here.
In London only, Ashley Campbell will present a tribute show to her father Glen Campbell and the Spotlight Stage within the 02 Arena will host up and coming artists Ashley McBryde, Jillian Jacqueline, Lindsay Ell, Lukas Nelson,Morgan Evans, Brett Young, Walker Hayes and Russell Dickerson. C2C London ticket holders will have access to daytime live performance and other live events.
In Glasgow, the spotlight stage will host Lukas Nelson, Morgan Evans and more to be announced.
Milly Olykan, C2C Festival director for The O2, said: "To be in the sixth year of Country to Country is a real testament to the love for country music here in the UK. It’s been a pleasure to grow the event from its first days at The O2 to the level we’re at now. Bringing so much new talent to the festival never fails to excite us and it’s great to be welcoming back artists that have developed fan bases here through C2C."
The CMA's Sarah Trahern added: "Since its inception, C2C has been instrumental in solidifying a strong 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 sixth year in partnership with the festival to continue to support great country music and our passionate UK fan base."