Dixie Fields Delight? New Country Festival This Weekend

The sun’s coming out, Lauren Alaina’s coming over and the toilets are going in. These are the last couple of days before the launch of Dixie Fields, a new country music festival in Chelmsford, Essex. My chat with festival pioneer Georgie is delayed because she’s been caught up in possibly the most crucial calculation since […]

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About Last Night: UK Gets Own Country Music Label

This time I really mean it. I know, I know; there have been countless times over the last few years that I’ve claimed the Country Music Takeover has succeeded. When both C2C Festival and Chris Country started back in 2013, and again when both The Shires and Ward Thomas became chart stars. Then, when Country […]

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for C2C First-Timers [London 2019 Update]

Six years have gone by since we said “I just hope this new country music festival will catch on and come back to London next year”. It did. And it’s kept on returning, beating its own records each time. But despite the three-day all-day behemoth that C2C Festival has evolved into, we will always remember […]

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20 Best Quotes Overheard at U.K. Country Music Week [2018]

Country Music Week (which, combined with national tours of so many acts, seemed to last all month) took over London concert venues for its second year. Our sleep-deprived, bourbon-coated voices are subsequently gravelly enough to brave a Chris Stapleton song at karaoke. A lot happened. The Country 2 Country 2019 festival lineup was announced (twice, […]

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HOW TO BE A HAPPY CAMPER

“I wanna sleep on the hard ground, in the comfort of your arms, on a pillow of blue bonnets, in a blanket made of stars…” It might’ve sounded good to the Dixie Chicks but the thought of sleeping on the hard ground doesn’t appeal to everyone, no matter how much we might love songs about red […]

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