Computers ready? Home bar stocked? Prayers said to ward off any technical gremlins? Then welcome to Country Music Week.
In case you’ve missed it, in previous years, every October since 2017, London has hosted a week-long collection of intimate country gigs in venues across the city. It’s been a time of school night partying, Soho day drinking and, crucially, new music discovering. This year the event is going digital.
From Monday 19th – Sun 25th October 2020 you can virtually embrace the spirit of Country music week with events ranging from a live-streams from Nashville (from artists like my favourite Mo Pitney and Judi’s fave Kip Moore) to a Saturday night Country Music Quiz.
The line-up (see below) is a mix of UK and US artists, eclectic enough to please even the pickiest of us and there are some definite perks to going online; I’m thinking of all those times I’d wished I could teleport form one venue to the next to avoid the tube.
But despite the joys of no more loo queues, we know it’s not the same, so while we embrace the different experience this year will offer there are a few ways we’re planning to keep the Original Country Music Week Spirit alive.
- Wear cowboy boots everywhere this week. To work, to essential shops, to take out the bins…
- If you’re at work, try putting your water bottle / coffee cup in a koozie.
- If you’re not at work it could be time to invest in some cowboy boot slippers.
- At home, carry your laptop / radio to a different room for each session to pretend you’re swapping London venues. (My bathroom is henceforth dubbed Bush Hall)
- Stock up on Cherry Bourbon BBQ sauce from Sainsbury’s and add it to everything. BBQ porridge? Surely worth a try.
- Put a fiver in a money box every time you grab a drink from your kitchen. (Think of all the money you’ve saved and if it’s going spare use it to book a gig for next year)
- Keep the social side of the event going with a zoom-party screen sharing the gig, or joining a facebook live watch party. Form your own or there’ll be some over the weekend via our facebook group, and for once chatting through a gig won’t disturb others.
You can find full event details on the official site here. And we’ll definitely ‘see’ you at Song Suffragettes, Brent Cobb, The Bluebird Café (Ashley McBryde, Lindsay Ell & Carly Pearce) and – after his July tour postponement – Lee Brice. Party like it 2019!