Country to Country 2014 – First acts announced

The O2 and SJM Concerts in association with the Country Music Association have announced details of the 2014 Country To Country Festival set to take place at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday and Sunday March 15 and 16. Headlining Country to Country 2014 will be Grammy award winning and multimillion selling Brad Paisley. Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer who with 22 number one singles in the US returns to The O2 after a triumphant show there in 2011. After a storming set at Glastonbury 2013, three time GRAMMY award-winning Zac Brown Band return to the UK to also headline the event. Having toured extensively in the US the band look forward to their first headline UK Arena show. C2C 2014 will also see the return of country superstars the Dixie Chicks, who will be performing in the UK for the first time in eight years. Rascal Flatts join the lineup after their phenomenal two sold out shows at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in July. Also confirmed to perform is platinum selling artist Dierks Bentley, and Chris Young who has just released his latest album ‘A.M’ A further two special guests are soon to be announced to complete the prolific line up. Legendary broadcaster Bob Harris will again be compering the festival: “It is a very exciting time for Country music in the UK. C2C 2013 was a fantastic experience and next year’s festival promises to be another massive milestone.  I am thrilled to be compering again and providing huge coverage on ‘Bob Harris Country’ on BBC Radio 2 when Nashville comes to London.  See you at the O2!” The inaugural C2C 2013 event set the standard very high, welcoming over 17,000 fans from around the UK, Ireland and Europe to The O2 for the weekend. CMA Board President Ed Hardy said: “CMA is proud of our support and involvement in C2C. The reaction of the fans after the first year and the outstanding support from our artist’s community gives us the opportunity to broaden our music in the UK and Europe. This celebration of Country Music at The O2 is fast becoming an annual tradition and we are excited to play a part in growing the country music genre in the international marketplace.” With more artists still to be announced C2C: Country to Country is not to be missed: Tickets on sale at 9am Friday 11 October from: / 08448 24 48 24 and / 0844 811 0051

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