The CMA returned to the Country to Country: C2C Festival this past weekend in the U.K. with its CMA Songwriters Series and Introducing Nashville series.
Serving as the official kickoff for C2C, the CMA Songwriters Series show on Thursday (March 10) set the tone for the weekend’s return and featured performances from Shy Carter, Luke Dick, Russell Dickerson and Caitlyn Smith.
Other highlights included special guests Priscilla Block, Everette, Tiera Kennedy and Morgan Wade surprising fans and joining the round, as well as the announcement that both Carter and Wade would be making their Grand Ole Opry debuts.
CMA’s international touring series, Introducing Nashville, featured performances by Block, Kennedy and Wade during the festival’s opening set on the main stage at the O2 in London, 3 Arena in Dublin, and the OVO Hydro in Glasgow. This year’s show also marked the first time a songwriter’s round has been featured on a U.K. arena stage.
“To be back and celebrating country music with our international fans, colleagues and industry partners has been incredibly meaningful,” says Milly Olykan, Vice President, International Relations and Development. “The energy of the crowds and overall excitement throughout the weekend was a testament to the ways the country genre has continued to grow and reach audiences even with the challenges we’ve faced over the last two years. We are already counting down until next year!”
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