Saturday night’s lineup promised a little bit of everything, for everyone; honky tonkers, hip hop lovers, and house party goers all catered for in one big arena show. The excitement and enthusiasm for country of every kind was palpable!

When Maddie and Tae opened the evening with an electric performance, we knew we were in for a good time. From high energy numbers like Your Side Of Town and a very country performance of Shut Up And Fish, to sweeter songs like Waiting On A Plane, these girls oozed Southern charm and offered an kind of infectious energy. Their (very) honest introduction to Sierra rallied the crowd, ready to stick it to beauty pageant bullies everywhere, whilst a mix of countrified top 40 covers (Rhianna’s Umbrella and Justin Timberlake’s Mirror) proved a pleasant surprise too.

Following Nashville’s newest sweethearts was Canada’s talented High Valley, whose set mixed traditional mountain tunes and more contemporary sounds, a la Bastille and The Lumineers.

I was particularly interested to see Sam Hunt one year on from his stripped back performances at last year’s C2C. His sound was certainly more sure of itself, and his performance wasn’t too shabby either.


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