The C2C, Country to Country festival, billed as the largest country music festival in Europe, has been postponed over concerns about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The three-day event of live music in England, Scotland, and Ireland was set to begin Friday with headliners Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Darius Rucker.
“Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the changing nature of travel policies in other countries alongside possible extended future restrictions, it is with regret that Country to Country Festival 2020 – London, Dublin and Glasgow – is being postponed,” the festival said in a statement, advising fans to hold onto their tickets and promising information on the rescheduled dates “in the coming days”.
The news follows the announcement of a 30-day travel ban from mainland Europe (though not the UK) to the US. Some artists had yet to leave Nashville for C2C, while others were already overseas and arranging travel back home. The singer Gabby Barrett reported being stuck in Germany and unable to get to London via an Instagram story, having played a C2C event in Berlin. Luke Combs performed a C2C show in Amsterdam on 7 March.
Prior to the official cancellation, Old Dominion announced they were pulling out of C2C 2020 on Friday (6 March), as concern around the virus intensified.
“We are so sorry to disappoint our fans overseas,” the band shared at the time. “However, with the growing uncertainty and unpredictable nature of the virus that is spreading throughout the world, the safety and security of our entire team is the top priority.”
Earlier on Thursday, the C2C Twitter account announced the cancellation of the CMA Songwriters Series concert set for that evening at Indigo at the O2 in London, citing the “travel restrictions.”
C2C isn’t the only large-scale country music event that’s been cancelled or delayed. The annual Stagecoach festival, which was scheduled to take place 24-26 April, has been moved to October, while Zac Brown Band have also postponed the remainder of their springtime tour dates, as well as Reba McEntire, who pushed back her upcoming arena tour to 9 July in Huntsville, Alabama and wrap up on 8 August in Evansville, Indiana.
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