Ireland's largest country music festival is happening this weekend - here's all you need to know

The Country To Country 2017 festival will see three of America’s biggest stars, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Zac Brown Band headlining the event on the main stage.

Alongside the headliners are multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Jennifer Nettles, Hunter Hayes, Maren Morris, Cam and Dan + Shay. Also joining the bill is the five-time Grammy winning Marty Stuart.

Confirmed for the second stage are Lee Matthews and Barry Kirwan on Friday, March 10, Johnny Brady and the Honky Tonk Angles on Saturday, 11 March and Una Healy, John McNicholl and Cliona Hagan on Sunday, 12 March.

C2C 2017 is Ireland’s and the UK’s largest country music festival bringing three full days of the best in country music from the world’s best country stars to Dublin, London and Glasgow over one weekend.

See artist bios and stage times below:

Artist information

Brad Paisley

A critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 hits including “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me,” among others.

Cam

California-born singer/songwriter Cam has emerged as one of the true breakthrough artists of the last year with first #1 country single with “Burning House,” which earned her a GRAMMY® Award. Her Untamed album on Arista Nashville/RCA Records debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the year’s best first-week album sales by a debut country artist. She kicked off 2016 on Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It Tour and is about to end her six-month slot on Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere On A Beach Tour.

Chris Young

With five albums to his credit, Chris Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles, and fifteen Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist’s hits are “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” the CMA Award nominated a duet with Cassadee Pope, Young’s latest No. 1 and fastest-rising single of his career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also includes the new single, “Sober Saturday Night” and the three-week No. 1 smash title track.

Dan + Shay

Their 2014 debut Where It All Began, made them the first new country duo in SoundScan- history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. The album included the debut single, “19 You + Me” and their first No. 1 “Nothin’ Like You,” Dan + Shay’s sophomore album Obsessed, is a 10-song project including the No. 1 single, “From The Ground Up”. Racking up more than 51 million YouTube views, the pair has impressively sold more than 2.2 million digital tracks and more than 620,000 album equivalents to date, including 240 million streams.

Darius Rucker

He first attained multi-platinum status as lead singer of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles. Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey”. Rucker is currently headlining his Good for a Good Time Tour.

Hunter Hayes

Hailed as a "country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making" by the Los Angeles Times, 5-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the scene with his double-Platinum, self-titled debut album and then a No.1 sophomore album, Storyline, Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating in the release of a special, three-disc collection dubbed The 21 Project. He’s been working on his third full-length studio album

Jennifer Nettles

Grammy® Award-winning country superstar Jennifer Nettles recently released her second solo album Playing With Fire. Highlights include the stunning lead single “Unlove You” and a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. During her career, including her time in the hit duo Sugarland, she has won five ASCAP awards and received a Grammy® Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged, “Stay.” Nettles has performed with Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more. Her new Christmas album includes a collaborations with Idina Menzel.

Maren Morris

The 26 year-old Texan singer/songwriter has quickly established herself with vocal styling’s that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence. Morris’ album, Hero, (which includes the huge hit singles “My Church” and “80’s Mercedes”) entered the US country albums chart at No. 1. She has tied for the most nominations at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Marty Stuart

For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy in country music. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks.

Reba McEntire

Multi-media entertainment mogul and mum, Reba McEntire has become a household name with a successful career that spans music, television, film, theatre and retail. She has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 #1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl inductee has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards. She’s the flagship artist on Nash Icon Records and her latest release, Love Somebody, topped the US country charts.

Zac Brown Band

Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. Their latest gold-certified album Jekyll + Hyde, marks the band’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Together with their three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation, and their 2013 project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, the band has sold over eight million albums to date. Zac Brown Band had been on the road headlining their "Black Out The Sun" tour throughout 2016.

STAGE TIMES*

FRIDAY 10th MARCH

Doors Open 5.30pm

Maren Morris 6.30pm

Marty Stuart 7.45pm

Zach Brown Band 9.30pm

SATURDAY 11th MARCH

Doors Open 5.00pm

CAM 5.50pm

Jennifer Nettles 6.55pm

Chris Young 8.10pm

Brad Paisley 9.30pm

SUNDAY 12th MARCH

Doors Open 5.00pm

Dan+Shay 5.50pm

Hunter Hayes 6.55pm

Darius Rucker 8.10pm

Reba McEntire 9.30pm

*All times are subject to change.

 

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