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C2C Festival 2018 | Saturday Review

11th March 2018 | Music

Following an epic first day of C2C 2018, Saturday was set-up to wow that much more.

As you walk into the O2, the Big Entrance Stage hosts some of the most exciting new country acts – with the music instantly hitting your ears and getting you excited for the day ahead! On Saturday, the stage featured performances from the likes of Kerri Watt, Liv Austen and more.

Getting you ready for the epic acts that will be taking to the Main Arena, the Indigio2 features acts which will undoubtedly be headlining in the coming years. Particular highlights from Saturday were Delta Rae) with an extremely emotional and heartfelt performance of single ‘No Peace In Quiet’ and a powerful performance of ‘A Long And Happy Life’) as well as Walker Hayes who impressed as fans sang along with ‘You Broke Up with Me’.

Danielle Bradbery drew a massive crowd – her biggest ever in London – who were full immersed in her vocally stunning performance of hits including ‘Worth It’ and ‘What Are We Doing’ – as did LANCO who drew a roudy crowd and played to the room well. Lindsay Ell also knew how to threw a good rock show and showed herself to be a worthy recipient of W!ZARD Radio Station’s Country #1 record this week!

In the Main Arena, particular highlights were Luke Combs who has one of the best male voices in modern country music. Performing hits from 2017’s ‘This One’s for You’ – he was rivalled for ‘fan favourite’ by Sugarland (the duo made-up of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush) who, having only just released their first single in 7 years last December, had as big a fan reaction as ever!

Kacey Musgraves headlined the magical night.…

C2C Festival 2018 | Friday Review

11th March 2018 | Music

There is something for everyone on Day 1 of Country 2 Country festival.

From classic country artists (legends Faith Hill & Tim McGraw headline Night 1) to cross-over artists (pop star Kelsea Ballerini supports them on the main stage), despite being the smallest of the days, it did not fail to impress.

When you first approach the O2 Arena, the Town Square area is Nashville – with so much variety, including country collectibles, outfits, food and drink… it’s the taste of Tennessee in London. It also features a stage, which on Friday featured performances from The Adelaides, Mo Pitney, Delta Rae and a particularly impressive performance from Danielle Bradbery.

Danielle’s new album, “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met' peaked at #6 on the US Top Country Album Charts. With this being Danielle’s debut to the UK, expectations were high and she delivered. The standing room-only area was pushed to the back as Danielle’s souring vocals rippled through the town square – she even mentioned W!ZARD Radio Station, thanking us for supporting her single ‘Hello Summer’!

As the main arena started filling up for the headline performances, Old Dominion opened – a particular highlight of the evening. As the five-piece country-rock group dominated, they opened with ‘Song For Another Time’, a feel good anthem which got everyone up their feet. The band have been up and down the UK with Thomas Rhett and have reassured UK fans that they will be back in the Autumn for a headline tour of their own… a ticket not to miss!

Morgan Evans was a busy man on the Friday of C2C with three performances across the day. The Spotlight Stage (a smaller stage at the back of the arena for performances between acts) held the biggest…

New Music We Love: Years & Years are back, Loote are on repeat and Dermot Kennedy is winning

9th March 2018 | Music

It’s not new Ariana Grande music, but Years & Years give us everything we wanted (and a little bit more) with their highly anticipated come-back song, although the live version will need louder drums and preferably confetti.

Featured Songs: Years & Years – Sanctify

Take your mind back to 2015. Donald Trump wasn’t President yet, the UK was still in the EU and Years & Years ruled the radio with stringahits ‘King’, ‘Shine’, ‘Desire’ and basically every song from their debut album ‘Communion’.

It isn’t 2015 anymore Toto and whilst comeback single ‘Sancity’ needs the drums turning back (and the tempo sped up) – it’s a very promising start from the band who have obviously spent the past 3 years perfecting their craft. It’s a bit dark, a lot of pop and most importantly… IT’S INTERESTING! Hits the nail on the head, although a real dancey tune would be appreciated thnx.

Other Good Ones

Loote – Your Side Of The Bed: Lov and Foote (their surnames, hence: Loote) have smashed Spotify with their past two singles ‘High Without Your Love’ and ‘Out Of My Head’. This new single has what it takes to break the duo and, based on a the amount of times we’ve asked Alexa to “repeat the last song” (to which Alexa replies: “I cannot replay previous songs” and then we have to go back onto Spotify and do it manually)… we’re a bit obsessed.

James Bay – Pink Lemonade: As part of his comeback, James Bay proves he can play every instrument on the new single. Much rockier than ‘Wild Love’ and definitely isn’t better than it either, but ‘Pink Lemonade’ has an attractive attitude which cannot be ignored. We’re fans!

Dermot Kennedy – Young & Free: Dermot…