|Image from the C2C festivals.|
Every March in London, the o2 becomes the home of the annual Country 2 Country festival (Glasgow and Dublin also host performances - it's a busy time for the country fans of Europe!).
Usually this is two days of headline acts (this year up to three!), with some of the biggest stars in country music on the main stage. As well as this there are loads of breakout stages, smaller performances throughout the day, and tonnes of vendors selling memorabilia, merchandise, clothing, food and drinks. If you're into country music, a good margarita, or pulled pork, North Greenwich is the place to be!
Shona and I both adore country music (Team Dolly, for life) so we snapped up early bird tickets as soon as they went on sale last year. This will be our third year attending and we are super excited. The line up is always great, but this year is particularly sparkling, with Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Dwight Yoakam, Maddie & Tae, Little Big Town and Andrew Combs. And that's just the main stage performers - there are dozens of other acts playing too.
I am so excited to hear some of the biggest acts in country playing, and have even made a spotify playlist to commemorate this year's line up: C2C 2016. I've also been listening lot to BBC Radio 2's country stream, where they have a whole digital radio channel devoted to all things Nashville (their very own Bob Harris, national treasure, is the compere for this weekend's proceedings). It's such a special time to celebrate country music, and while it's not the biggest genre here in the UK, the fans are devoted, and C2C is definitely a highlight of the year!
Speaking of all things country, while writing this I've been sipping on a delicious glass of Sweet Sally's American Southern Tea, which is quite the thing to enjoy when getting excited for three days of country music fun! I first tried this at our Little Black Dress Initiative event last month (Sweet Sally's were kind enough to donate sweet tea and sweet tea cocktails for our charity event), and was delighted to receive another bottle at our celebration - so refreshing and delicious, and perfect over ice. I love sweet tea but rarely get around to making it myself, so this stuff is perfect to have in for when a lemony refreshing beverage is in order! I'll definitely be stocking up on some for summer barbeques.