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EXCLUSIVE: Country 2 Country 2016 Comes To Ireland

Country 2 Country came back to the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland last weekend, for a third year in a row,  bringing with it some of the biggest acts in country music.   The music festival was spread out over  three nights  and was headlined by Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. There was three or four artists every night and the talent was incredible.

 country to country festival, Ireland
country to country festival, Ireland

On night one Kacey Musgraves stole the show for me.  She had the audience captivated the second she came on stage in her sparkling corset, turquoise tutu and light up cowboy boots and her live vocal was even better than her album. When I met her after her set she was a truly lovely person too.  Chris Stapleton also stunned the audience on night one, singing songs off of his Grammy nominated album ‘Traveler’ and some older ones too. Eric Church was also good, singing his big hit ‘Springsteen’ and his latest hit ‘Mr Misundertood’ as part of an hour and a half to country

On night two, Ashley Monroe opened the show, followed by Thomas Rhett. Both were brilliant and really got the crowd excited, creating an amazing atmosphere in the arena.  Dwight Yoakam took the stage next, bringing an older generation of country music to the table, and though he had some technical difficulties, he was quite good.  Miranda Lambert was the headlining act that night and she was phenomenal.  Her interaction with her live band and the emotion she put into each song made her performance really stand out, in my eyes.  At the end of her performance she bought Ashley Monroe back out to do a duet which was great.

Night three was the best night, without a doubt.  The atmosphere in the arena was amazing from start to finish.

country to country festival, IrelandMaddie and Tae
opened the show, and their quirky lyrics bought a fun vibe to the show. Sam Hunt played next and his beat drops sent the crowd wild.  He got up close and personal with the audience, coming off the stage into the audience and singing to the crowd. Little Big Town played next and their interaction with the audience made their set special.  They sang their hits such as ‘Girl Crush’ and ‘Pontoon’ and covered Dolly Parton’s  ‘Jolene’ acapella. Carrie Underwood was the final act of the festival, and the one everyone had been waiting for.  She didn’t disappoint, stunning the audience with her powerful voice, singing a lot of her older songs as well as hits off of her latest album, ‘Storyteller’ such as ‘Heartbeat’.  She paid a beautiful tribute to Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston, singing ‘I Will Always Love You’.

The weekend was any country music lover’s dream. The atmosphere was incredible, and the lineup of artists was amazing. The festival was so successful that it is already booked to return next March. I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be there!

Have you ever been to a Country To Country festival? Or are you planning on it? Let us know in comments below or on Twitter @TopMegaNewz!


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