BY EVIE MASON
While it is true that not everyone can be happy with the Country 2 Country line up of 2024, I admit that I am. With both strong headliners and exceptional preceding acts, C2C is bound to be a great weekend as always.
Friday night at the O2 Arena is set to kick-start the weekend with three artists announced so far – Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Lauren Alaina. Although many fans guessed Kane Brown’s attendance before the announcement, it was still just as exciting to see it confirmed. With hits such as ‘One Thing Right’ and ‘What Ifs’ (which I hope will see Lauren Alaina to the stage!), his pop-country sound should bring the party. Just before this is Carly Pearce, who I am certain will be a fan favourite, or, at least, one of my highlights. Pearce’s career has grown immensely since her last C2C performance in 2019, leaving me extremely excited to scream ‘What He Didn’t Do’ along with her. Joining the girl-party is Lauren Alaina, whose impressive voice and energy is set to leave you wishing you were a ‘lady in the 90s’. More artists should be announced for the ‘Introducing Nashville’ set which precedes Alaina.
Saturday at the O2 begins with the upcoming Pricilla Block, who rose to fame after her song ‘Just About Over You’ went viral on TikTok. Although I don’t know much of her music, I am more than willing to be won over, just as I was by her set at The Long Road festival. Next, is Brian Kelley – the Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. With his star status, I hope he will prove that he is more than just one half of FGL! C2C then sees a new act – Jake Owen. With his upbeat style and hits like ‘Down to The Honkytonk’ and ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’, I presume we are in for a treat. He should raise everyone’s mood and bring the fun before the final act, Brad Paisley. As a die-hard Brad fan, I may be slightly biased in saying this, but I am so incredibly excited for this one! The tone of his guitar deserves headline status alone, and combining this with his humour and vocals creates the perfect headliner for me. I can understand why some people are commenting he is out of the prime of his career, but I am certain that he will still put on a damn good show.
The final night at the O2 sees Drake Milligan opening, who stole the spotlight for many at the O2 Indigo last year. Again, I do not know much of his music, but I am excited to see just why he seemed to be so popular in 2023. Next is Elle King, who loves a good collab – with both Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and one song with a bunch of powerful country women including Ashley McBryde. Personally, I am unsure about this act, but I am sure that her unique sound is set to entertain. I believe that The Brothers Osborne will create the best kind of contrast with Elle. From alternative country to hard, country rock. With their guitar solos and harmonies, this is definitely one from my bucket list. And followed by Old Dominion – what more could you want?
I am happy with this lineup, but not everyone will be, and that’s okay. Everyone has different tastes and preferences that can’t always be met. One thing that I am sure of though is that whether you choose London, Belfast or Glasgow, you will have the best weekend if you open your mind. We don’t get countless country artists in our little country, so make the most of it and have fun. After all, there is still more to be announced…