Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Luke Combs have been announced as the headline acts for C2C, the Country to Country Festival, in its eighth year in 2020. The focal point of the European country music calendar will again take place in London, Glasgow and Dublin on 13-15 March near year, and in the two cities in which it debuted this year, Amsterdam and Berlin.
All three top-billed artists will be making return visits to C2C, but Combs and Rucker will each be headlining for the first time. Church previously headlined in 2016. They’ll perform in the festival’s regular settings at The O2 London, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and 3Arena Dublin.
A host of other artists were also announced last night as C2C 2020 was launched at London’s Cadogan Hall, at the start of its sister event Country Music Week. Danielle Bradbery, Travis Denning, Walker Hayes, Rachel Wammack then took part in a songwriters’ circle at the venue.
The Cadillac Three, Tanya Tucker, Charles Esten, Runaway June and Jordan Davis will all be part of next year’s Country to Country, as will Brett Young and Old Dominion. The new series Introducing Nashville will see artists such as Abby Anderson, Eric Paslay and Tenille Townes on the main stage together to share an acoustic, storytelling set. The festival will also again feature the C2C Spotlight Stage, and more names will be announced for the bill, and the free, daytime pop-up stages, in the coming months.
Broadcaster Bob Harris OBE will again host the London C2C, and said: “I am so proud to be part of the C2C family. I have been the main stage host at the O2 in London from the very beginning and have watched the festival grow to become one of the most important and iconic events in the global Country Music calendar.
“I am thrilled to once again be hosting C2C in London and broadcasting highlights on BBC Radio 2. I can’t wait to listen to the best music in the world, enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the main auditorium, catch the excitement of the pop-up stages and meet the incredible Country fans that make C2C so special.”
Adds Chris York, C2C Festival promoter for SJM Concerts: “C2C Festival 2020 continues to build on the massive success of Country to Country in the UK and across Europe. We 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 Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern comments: “We are thrilled to see the continuously growing Country fan base in the UK and for C2C to bring such a powerful line-up of artists to international fans. This year marks CMA’s eighth year partnering with C2C, and it has been so exciting to see this festival and the audience of passionate country fans continue to get bigger and better each year.”