Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Girl In A Country Song - C2C 2016

Hi guys! It's been a while. If you caught my last post, you'll have seen that my grandad passed away on the 10th March. He was admitted into hospital a few weeks before, and it was a pretty tough few weeks for the entire family.

My friend Amy and I had been planning on going to Country to Country festival this year, which was the 11th-13th March, but we had waited til the weekend before to get resale tickets, as I found some for pretty cheap last year and couldn't go. It was a tough decision as to whether to still get tickets or not, because of grandad being in hospital, but I am so glad I did. It was honestly the best distraction I could have had.




I actually had tickets to the CMA Songwriters Series on Thursday 10th, and although once I heard the news about grandad I contemplated going, I am so glad I did. It was honestly for me the best show of the four days, because it's so casual and intimate, and the five musicians were incredible. I got to see Shane McAnally (who wrote Follow Your Arrow, the song my blog used to be named after), Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, Charles Esten (Deacon from Nashville) and Lori McKenna. We even had Miranda Lambert come out for a song at the end, and Lori McKenna was brought to tears as everyone sang Girl Crush.



The actual three days of C2C were absolutely packed, and I couldn't have had a better time if I tried. The Friday was pretty casual, and as Amy couldn't come along to it my friend Clementine came instead. We also met up with a few of my other friends which was nice. On the main stage we got to see Thomas Rhett, Dwight Yoakham and Miranda Lambert (who was incredible!) as well as Charles Esten and Ashley Monroe. Other than an extremely rude woman sat behind us, we had a fantastic night.

Day two kicked off early, and my friend Georgia and her sister Jodie picked me up and we headed to the o2 to get into the queue to meet Charles Esten. I also ran off whilst they were in the queue to catch a song from the brilliant Holloway Road who were on a pop-up stage. We ended up meeting Charles, albeit extremely rushed, and then headed off to the Town Square. We then stumbled across Sarah Darling's signing (and she really is a darling) and then went to meet my friend Amy. We were about to watch Charlie Worsham, but Amy and I rushed off to meet Lauren Alaina before meeting up with the other two. In the arena on Saturday we had Maddie & Tae, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood on the main stage, who were all incredible! I'm really loving Maddie & Tae at the moment!





Sunday wasn't such an early start, but we headed to the arena (with the roof down, singing Home To Me) to see Sarah Darling perform. We met her again after her performance which was lovely. We also headed to see Charlie Worsham again, as Amy and I missed him the previous day. He is honestly such a brilliant musician and was so lovely to meet! In the arena that night we had Andrew Combs, Chris Stapleton, (my favourite) Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church, who were all brilliant. Kacey performed A Spoonful of Sugar and I freaked out a little.



Overall the four days were absolutely incredible, and they managed to keep my mind off of everything else that'd happened. I got to see lots of friends that I only really see at other country related gigs, and it was also really nice to be surrounded by so many country fans. I'm hoping to go next year too!

Sophie x
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