C2C 2015 - my predicted line up

As the date for C2C 2015 general ticket sale and the announcement of next year's line up grows closer I have been discussing potential artists with various country fans and decided to write an article about my predictions. This is in no way the set line up, just my picks of likely artists.

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE


The duo confirmed multiple times on Twitter that they will be over in the UK in 2015 to play a UK tour, it seems to make sense to include one of the C2C dates within that tour. Hugely popular in America and with a strong following over here they would put on a strong arena performance.

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LOVE AND THEFT


Whilst they haven't mentioned it in a while, Love And Theft have previously been very keen to come over to the UK. They are ramping up to an album release and that would be a good platform to come over here, one of the lesser known duos also. Not sure if they would play a whole tour on their own.

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GARTH BROOKS


Would fit in well to his world tour and would also give him an alternative option to play Dublin (after the controversy over his Croke Park dates). Well respected over in the UK. Although this tour was initially announced as a 2014 World Tour he is starting late in the year and it seems like he will announce multiple dates in each city which will most likely take him comfortably into 2015.

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TRISHA YEARWOOD


I think we can logically expect an appearance from Trisha if Garth performs. She seems to be slowly prepping a new album and is set to head out on a headlining short run of theatre shows. Well respected in the UK it has been a number of years since she has performed over here and even if she has no new music to perform fans will enjoy hearing her classic hits (look at this year's performance from the Dixie Chicks!) Her tour is called the Just Because Tour and she has commented that "I don't have an album out, nothing to promote and people are like, 'Why are you going on tour?' Because I want to,"

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JENNIFER NETTLES


As half of Sugarland she has performed in the UK numerous times. Kristian Bush (the other half of Sugarland) and Little Big Town (close friends) both played last year's festival and I think there is a lot to be said for the power of other artists responses. She has a relatively new album and is always very good at responding to her fans on social networks and is seemingly aware of her fan base in the UK.

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CASSADEE POPE


Very successful UK showcase earlier this year and had said at the time she was hoping to come back later this year for a tour - this reportedly might not be happening and even if it does she would be a good artist to potentially take one of the two 'opening' slots. Admittedly the UK release of her debut album was months behind the US release however C2C would be the perfect support for her and would give country fans a good platform to see her live (as she is still an up and coming artist). Currently on Tim McGraw's tour (don't forget he played C2C last year) and signed to the same record label as The Band Perry (who played this year) and Florida Georgia Line (see above).

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KENNY CHESNEY


Interestingly released his previous album was released in the UK a day earlier than in the US and his next one will be as well. A September album release date allows for time for fans to get to know the songs and the C2C Twitter page regularly posts regarding him. Strong reputation on his own.

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BRETT ELDREDGE


Was keen to come to the UK a few years back (before the release of his debut album). Incredibly popular in the US and a growing fan base in the UK, could use C2C as a good introduction base. Reportedly gives a very strong live performance, interestingly signed to a major label that has had other acts play the UK.

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ARTISTS THAT ARE LESS LIKELY


Gloriana - Certainly a possibility. Fans are frequently asking them when they're coming over here on social networks with their last response that they are trying to. Feel like it might still take them a while longer.

David Nail - Brilliant third album from him that has left a lot of country fans pleasantly surprised, not much call for UK dates though. Also notoriously poor at releasing music to UK iTunes.

Shania Twain - Previously spoken about looking into a new album and tour. She'd fit really well but in very early stages of new album/tour.

Jason Aldean - Reportedly planning on playing his first shows in the UK next year.

Jake Owen - Definitely the fan base for him in the UK. Not much discussion or UK tour requests though, currently no more tour dates listed after October so depends a lot on what comes after that.

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So there are my predictions, I'd love to hear yours!

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