C2C 2018 line-up predictions!

Following the idea that there will be eleven main stage artists and eight satellite stage artists as per last year I have decided to once again put some thoughts together on who we can likely expect to be announced for the main stage and satellite stage line-ups for next year's Country To Country Festival. This is in no way the set line-up for the Festival, just my thoughts so ahead of next Friday's launch show read on and let me know what you think! (I'll only be including ten main stage artists due to the previously announced inclusion of Tim and Faith as one of the headlining slots).


An artist who has ventured over to the UK previously for a handful of shows, C2C would be a strong stepping stone for an artist who has a dedicated following over here. Brett has a new album out that is arguably his strongest yet and is building a catalogue of songs that would make for a great set.

Set to release a new album and play some dates as part of Lady Antebellum's UK tour, Kelsea Ballerini is already a popular artist over here and has played a couple of her own shows. Undoubtedly aware of C2C as a whole (she is with the same PR agency as Florida Georgia Line), Kelsea would certainly be an incredibly popular addition to the line-up. 

An artist who seems to be going to strength to strength this year. Lindsay has yet to play the UK (but is playing a few shows as part of Country Music Week) and already has a strong fan-base here in the UK. She reportedly offers a very impressive live show that would seem to fit well with the C2C format.

Still touring with his 'world tour' and with a fairly empty touring schedule next year currently, there is regularly a lot of call for Keith to come to the UK and Europe as a whole and C2C would be an opening for him to come over here without having to bring his full tour. A very popular live performer Keith would seem to be a logical choice to headline one of the nights.

A legend to many country fans, Alison would perfectly fit the slot previously occupied by artists like Martina McBride and Marty Stuart. Her first solo release in seventeen years came earlier this year and was very well received in the UK and Europe as a whole and she would certainly bring another dynamic to any line-up.

Touring extensively off the back of a new album, Steve is known to be keen to come to Europe and has a great mix of songs for a European audience. He has also played a mix of venues whilst touring so has experience playing arena shows as well as also being with the same agency as C2C alumni Lori McKenna.

Arguably one of the most popular artists from last year's C2C some of the shows missed out on getting to see her completely and a lot of fans were very disappointed. She could definitely make the move to main stage in-front of a European crowd who have already warmly embraced her during her small amount of past appearances.

A high-energy group with an album that seems to lend itself to live performances. They haven't been particularly vocal about wanting to come to Europe however C2C would undoubtedly be a great opportunity for them and I'm sure they would be able to deliver a great set.

A possible inclusion on the C2C line-up would mark a second appearance for Thomas Rhett but considering multiple artists have done it in the past I wouldn't right off another festival appearance for Thomas Rhett. He is scheduled to return to the UK on his own short tour later in the year but he was well received after his last appearance at C2C and is set to release a new album which would tie in smoothly with any potential appearance.

Kane's style of music would be slightly different to other artists on the line-up but I have seen a considerable response to his music. Whilst he has yet to play the UK, C2C would - as with other artists - serve as a good introduction to new fans and give his current fans an opportunity to see him live sooner than they would by waiting for a full tour of his own and would also give him the opportunity to gage European interest in his music.

One of two acts playing the C2C launch show that haven't yet played the UK it seems logical that Walker McGuire will feature somewhere on the festival line-up and the satellite stage seems like an ideal place for them. With an album coming out later this year and a compelling song catalogue an appearance at C2C would be a good opportunity for the duo to build upon their performances at Country Music Week and cement their UK fan base.

The other act playing the C2C launch show who hasn't yet played the UK, as with Walker McGuire I can see the satellite stage being the best place for Levi. With a week long European tour coming up very soon Levi will be able to build on his burgeoning European fan base and fans will have a chance to get to know his music but C2C would be a great place to build upon this.

The satellite stage would give eighteen year old Washington native Bailey a chance to make her mark in front of a substantial arena audience. A newcomer to the UK, Bailey has already been vocal about wanting to play over here and I've seen a lot of call for that to happen. A promising artist, it seems like she would thrive on the satellite stage. Even though she did already play the stage at this year’s festival I wouldn’t completely discount a return.

The duo were in talks to play this year's C2C show but as that ultimately didn't happen an inclusion in next year's line-up would give them an introduction to a UK/European audience and also give the audience a chance to experience their music. They are definitely keen to play C2C and the striped down atmosphere of the satellite stage would be a fitting setting for them alongside the exposure of the main arena audience.

Jesse loves coming to the UK and is over here regularly. He has a relatively striped back style compared to the other artists on this list but would bring a different dynamic to the line-up. His endearing personality would come across well in the arena setting and would give him a great opportunity to showcase his songs to a wider audience. 

Owner of one of the best singles so far this year in the shape of "Church Clothes", Kelleigh is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of country music. A compelling artist, C2C would certainly be a great platform for her.

One of the hits of the pop-up stages last year Temecula Road could certainly make the step up to the satellite stage. The trio have connected very well with European audiences in the past and I'm sure this would continue if they were to be included on any satellite stage line-up. 

An incredibly talented song-writer who proved her talent as a singer with her debut album earlier this year. Natalie has frequently mentioned she is very keen to come to the UK and is with the same agency as both  Lori McKenna - who was incredibly well received at last year's C2C Festival- and Steve Moakler. Her set on the satellite stage could feasibly be a stand-out moment within the festival.


So there you have it! Stay tuned for the official line-up on Friday 6th October!