I have stopped keeping a tally on what I spend on gigs. Instead I have opted to maintain a happy state of denial and mentally classify all tickets as “priceless”. But, it’ll soon be safe to check the bank card statements again, thanks to some completely free country music events on the London calendar.
Sights & Sounds of Tennessee Experience
Waterloo, 4-15th June 2018
For the next two weeks Waterloo will offer some to consolation to those of us not at CMA Fest. An interactive exhibit has launched in the landmark London station in a bid to tempt Brits to visit Tennessee (as if we need persuading). Look out for the map of the state to listen to Americana tracks through headphones, take a virtual trip to a Tennessee landmark, or take advantage of the weekday Jack Daniel’s happy hour from 4-6pm. The bit we’re most looking forward to is the live country and Americana music, Monday to Fridays at 2-4pm with these stellarperformers:
Kashena Sampson, 5 June
Robert Vincent, 6 June
Danni Nicholls, 7 June
The Luck, 8 June
Bennett Wilson Poole, 11 June
Jake Morrell*, 12 June
Worry Dolls, 13 June
Rob Heron, 14 June
Martin Harley, 15 June
*A Brits in Boots favourite
Kings Cross, 8-10th June 2018
I first went to Tennessee for the music and will be going back (again and again) for the food.
This free Nashville inspired food festival is bringing classic American tastes, like hot southern chicken and gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, closer to home. The event gathers London’s southern style street food stalls and mixes them with a soundtrack of live Americana. The music’s selected by Maverick Festival so will feature tried and tested British talent like the excellent harmonisers Jonas and Jane. There’s a healthy dose of silliness planned too; an inflatable bowling alley and a cocktail bar where the menu includes “Dolly Parton’s Melon Margaritas.
Noshville takes over Granary Square
Friday 8th 5 – 11 p.m.
Saturday 9th 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 10th 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nashville Meets London
Canary Wharf, 28-29th July 2018
I have raved about this festival many, many times but in case you missed my previous gushing, this is two-days of top quality acts from the U.K. and U.S.A. Some of this year’s acts are ones I’ve paid a fair bit to see on prestigious stages like The Royal Albert Hall. But now they’re in a park. For free. All the Nashville Meets London info is here.
London, my bank account salutes you.