After a momentarily shaky start, Hunt delivered a big set with crazy energy levels and a consistently solid performance. After opening with Leave The Night On, he stole hearts with Cop Car, had fun with mashups -mixing his own tracks with those from Miley Cyrus and more – and drove the crowd wild with an impromptu meet and greet for House Party. He even acknowledged those who endorsed his writing talents enough to cut his tracks (We Are Tonight – Billy Currington) before leaving the whole arena buzzing with Breakup In A Small Town.
Next up was a memorable two-song set from th e musically gifted Maren Morris. Every eye and ear was on her flawless delivery of 80s Mercedes and My Church.
Little BigTown began their phenomenal set with a stunning a cappella rendition of Dolly’s Jolene, before kicking it up a gear with h its like Little White Church, Pontoon and a backwoods-gospel style Front Porch Thing.
The rhinestone-clad rockstars sang true to their roots, and knew how to work the crowd. Painkiller got everyone up on their feet and singing along, before we all took a moment to appreciate the powerful perfection of songs like Sober and Tumble And Fall. Things got edgy with Tornado, where a little bit of White Stripes’ sound met a whole lot of country, and the 02 erupted for Girl Grush before the cool down finale, Boondocks.