13th March 2018 | Music
It’s Monday night and the 350-capacity Omeara music venue in London is packed to the brim.
You have no choice but to push and shove your way through the crowds to find a place to stand. It’s boiling. Guests are speaking so loudly you can’t hear your own conversation. What some guests don’t realise is that some of the most important executives in country music are at the back of the room – all ready to witness a moment that could be as momentous as one of The Beatles’ performances at Cavern Club in the 1960s.
Everybody is here to see two artists, both are about to be the worst-kept-secret in music.
As the lights dim for the first time, singer-songwriter Danielle Bradbery appears in blue lights alongside her acoustic guitarist. Opening with ‘Can’t Stay Mad’ from her 2017 release ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’, it’s quite clear that the term “support act” is only vaguely relevant tonight. Everybody knows every word… if she had to win anybody over in the room; they were quickly won over in the opening moments by her friendly smile, honest lyrics and insanely impressive voice.
As we had been fortunate to witness multiple times over the weekend, at Country 2 Country Festival, Danielle Bradbery has a way of singing to an entire room of over 2,000 people and still make it feel like she is singing just to you. In a room for 350, it’s even more intimate.
As she moves through a set list which includes album tracks ‘What Are We Doing’ and ‘Hello Summer’ as well as her debut single ‘The Heart of Dixie’ it is in ‘Sway’ that Danielle, herself, realises just how much she has captivated the adoring crowd – during one rendition…
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.…
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…