Did your diary pop up with a cruel reminder or was that just mine? It’s the Thursday before what would’ve been the postponed C2C festival. Which means it’s a year after we’d just met up with the country fan crew in a bar for pre-drinks only to find out the drinks were no longer ‘pre’. The Songwriters event which kicks off our epic country music weekend at the O2 was abruptly cancelled, and the whole festival was too, as US artists clamoured to fly home to beat Trump’s uncertain mention of closing the borders.
I probably didn’t need to recap this if you, like me, are still a bit in shock at a year without any in-person music. But stetsons off to those who’ve spent the past year making sure that that fateful Thursday wasn’t the day the music completely died. Various sources have been offering us glorious virtual gigs and distractions, and they’re upping the ante this weekend, on what would’ve been our postponed festival reunion.
Here are a few of the ways to compensate for it being just one. more. year. until C2C festival. Aaand breaaaathe….
HANG OUT WITH SARA EVANS
THURSDAY 11TH MARCH, 8PM, ZOOM
Join country royalty Sara Evans for an intimate half hour of music and chat on zoom, courtesy of Destination Country. I mean, are you even a country fan if you haven’t sung Born to Fly in the shower? Register on the Destination country page.
ATTEND A CMA SONGWRITERS SESSION
THURSDAY 11TH MARCH, 9PM, BBC RADIO 2 (OR IPLAYER)
The Country Music Show with Bob Harris is bringing us a CMA songwriter’s special from Nashville. Tune in for intimate sessions from Ashley McBryde, Cam, Brett Young and Shy Carter. Click here to listen.
UNCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE COUNTRY STARS
FRIDAY 12TH MARCH, C2C FACEBOOK PAGE
One of the highlights of C2C Festivalestival is always discovering new artists (Ashley McBryde, Lainey Wilson, thank you very much). Let this weekend be no different, as the CMA is hosting online events showcasing emerging artists Brooke Eden, Heath Sanders, Ian Munsick, Kameron Marlowe (I’ve been listening to him a lot recently) & Priscilla Block. Click here to to listen.
ALMOST GO TO C2C
SAT 13TH MARCH, 7PM, C2C FACEBOOK PAGE
C2C Festival themselves are screening the highlight performances from last year’s C2C events which did go ahead in Berlin, just before the world hit pause. Head to their Facebook page to view. Click here to view the show.
I’ll miss bumping into so many of you between shows. So if you’re on Clubhouse drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@britsinboots), and we’ll let you know about a country music room happening on Friday night (12th March).