The initial line-up for Country to Country 2019, the biggest country music festival in Europe, has been announced, with headlining roles for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton, joined a host of the genre’s big names.
The line-ups were confirmed by BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night, at the beginning of C2C’s sister event Country Music Week. The seventh annual C2C Festival will once again be staged at The O2 in London, the 3Arena Dublin and SSE Hydro in Glasgow from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March 2019.
Four-time Grammy winner Urban will be playing his first UK shows in more than ten years. Stapleton’s appearance marks his return to the event after a much-talked-about debut there in 2016. Lady Antebellum will be back in the UK after their own O2 show last year and their headline C2C spot in 2015.
“I’m totally psyched to be getting back to the UK to play some shows,” says Urban. “The last time we were there was a blast — and with the music I’ve made since then and the new album we’re gonna get to play to a lot of new people. Can’t wait!!!!!” The Australian superstar released his country chart-topping tenth studio album Graffiti U in April.
C2C 2019 will also have the distinguished presence of Lyle Lovett, who will fill the same kind of “heritage” role that was graced by Emmylou Harris at this year’s event, Marty Stuart in 2017 and Dwight Yoakam the year before. There will also be return visits to the festival by Cam, Hunter Hayes, Ashley McBryde and Drake White and the Big Fire, and first-time visits to C2C by Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce. The C2C Spotlight Stage will once again be a feature of the arena bill, with performers to be announced later.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am this Friday (26 October) and can be bought via the C2C website, which also has the artist line-ups for London, Glasgow and Dublin.
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