“Let your dreams stay big and your worries stay small” – Rascal Flatts
Well whilst everyone else heads off to Glastonbury Festival this weekend we’re heading to Buckle and Boots Festival where some of Britain’s best Country acts are taking to the stage along with a few of our favourite Americans and I believe an Australian this year as well! Whatever nationality though it’s bound to be a fantastic three days of top quality Country music. This year I’ll be floating round hoping to get some photographs and hoping to get some interviews for both Best of British Country Music and Chris Country Radio so look out for us and come and say hi! Now it’s a little bit different from C2C as there aren’t as many stages but don’t be fooled, you’ll still need to plan your day, where you need to be and when so you don’t miss your favourite acts! So have a look at the timetables below for each day and we’ll tell you about some of the must see acts!
Well we ease into things on Friday as music is confined to the one main stage and begins at 7pm. It is a great line up which sees The Southern Companion headlining. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing Kris Barras as I am not overly familiar with his music and have never seen him live so that will be something new for me to look forward to. One of my favourite artists is playing again this year, Sonia Leigh, she takes to the stage just before The Southern Companion.
On Saturday the paddock stage kicks off at 11am and runs right through until 7.30pm whilst the main stage kicks off at 3pm and runs until 11pm. There are some great acts on both stages and the very popular “In The Round” session returns this year with Gary Quinn, Sarah Darling and Jenn Bostic at 2pm on the Paddock stage. My top tips on that stage are Melanie who performs at 4.30pm and Dahlia at 6.45pm. However on the main stage headlined by Dylan Jakobsen we see the likes of Thorne Hill return at 7pm and he’s not to be missed, (I’m sure he should win an award as the loveliest guy in UK Country!) And at 4pm Katy Hurt takes to the stage, she’s been creating quite a lot of buzz this past year so make sure to check her out and find out what all the fuss is about! And later on just before the headline act we have Jess and the Bandits and it’s always a delight to catch up with Jess!
On Sunday we have another In The Round session featuring Sonia Leigh but before that we have Orfila who some of you may remember won the yamaha hoedown to play at C2C in 2016 and they returned to C2C this year. I love Sunday’s line up on the paddock stage actually as we have Amy Westney, Liv Austen, Kevin McGuire, some of my favourites in UK Country so that stage is bound to be busy Sunday afternoon so to get a good spot, get there early and don’t move! The main stage starts at 2.15pm I believe and it features some well known acts such as American Young who I know have quite the following. We’ve also got Laura Oakes and Gary Quinn and our headliner is Sarah Darling so again its a jam packed day of great Country Music!
Also in the news today, Nashville in Concert have donated £10,000 to the UK Solidarity Fund set up by the British Red Cross to help victims of the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. The cast of Nashville were due to perform at the Manchester Arena where the attack took place but due to the ongoing investigation they ended up changing the venue to the Apollo where they played two sold out shows instead of one. This generous donation follows a number of touching tributes that the cast dedicated to the people of Manchester during their shows in the city.
And good news for Chris Stapleton today as his sophomore album From A Room goes Gold in the United States making it the first Country album to do so in 2017. We hope the news will help Chris’ hand to heal quicker as he is recovering from a broken finger and detached tendon which forced him to cancel shows but we hope he is on the mend and can soon pick up a guitar again!