If we are in a movie, I think this might be the bit where the spell / dream / time travel experience wears off and we find ourselves back in real life, wondering whether the past two years really happened. From the huge global scenarios we’re still facing, to the personal shifts (like getting married!) so much has changed since we were in the restaurant around the corner from the O2 about to go into C2C’s ill-fated 2020 festival.
Now, as I am once again choosing which boots to pack for C2C (2020 turned 2022 edition) there has been a hesitancy to my usual pre-festival elation. I have put off planning too early, tweeting too happily – trying not to jinx anything. Is it really going to happen? Haven’t we been here before? Isn’t my inbox still full of so many re-rescheduled gigs?
Perhaps, in our movie version, as we walk back into London’s O2 arena this week – the site of the shift – there’ll be some sparks and a twinkly sound effect, then we’ll be back on a parallel timeline. Maybe there, people will have no idea what we’re talking about when we mention war and face masks.
Or perhaps my imagination has gone a little wild in lockdown.
However surreal, it feels that it’s at last the time to re-embrace optimism with, if nothing else good, a week of country music highlights to get lost in. Whats on?
ACM Awards live for UK viewers
One of the perks of so much of life moving to the virtual world – for UK country fans at least – is the ACMs finally being available to watch live in the UK. The event, in which artists like C2C mainstage acts Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and Ashley McBryde* are nominated, will begin at midnight 7th/8th March UK time on Amazon Prime.
So Long Chris Country
As if signalling that this is really a new era, Chris Country Radio is changing its name to CountryLine Radio from 7th March (having been acquired by the country music fan app back in 2020). They’re promising the same features and shows (like Bobby Bones’ chart countdown) and well-loved presenters, like founder Chris Stevens who the station originally took its name from.
After all she’s done to make sure kids have access to books, Dolly Parton is now giving us grown ups something to read. She’s paired up with James Patterson to pen Run Rose Run, a Nashville set thriller about a country singer whose past catches up with her. Dolly’s also released a companion album to the book.
The Return of C2C (Please, please don’t let typing this jinx it)
Europe’s biggest country music festival Country 2 Country returns to London, Glasgow and Dublin from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March. There’ll be some changes to what regulars have become used to (more on that along with our top artist picks coming soon).
And, even some new ‘Brits in Boots‘
As gigs (and lives) pick up again, we’re welcoming some brand new country music loving, cowboy boot owning Brits to our blog team. We’ll be sharing their lovely faces on our socials in the coming days.
*Ashley McBryde pictured above at the ACM Awards rehearsals.