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Jill & Kate, Emma Jade and Jill Johnson added to Country to Country 2014

Country 2 Country

Story by Jack Foley

TWENTY seven up and coming acts have been added to C2C Country to Country 2014, the London two-day festival at The O2 in March.

Fans will get a rare chance to discover new artists who will be playing intimate shows around the venue over the dates, Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, 2014.

These shows are free and will follow the huge success of last year’s gigs where the cream of new talent were given a stage to showcase their talents and prove that country music has a very strong future in the UK.

Artists performing on the Pop-Up Stages include Jill & Kate from Nashville who have toured internationally as Kelly Clarkson’s backing singers, Emma Jade, a former contestant on BBC’s The Voice and Jill Johnson, who is a platinum selling artist in her native Sweden.

Also appearing are the duo Striking Matches, who are in the UK courtesy of the CMA and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and are also on the bill of the recently announced CMA Songwriters Series on March 14.

With artists coming from as far and wide as America (Houston, Nashville, New Jersey), Germany and Sweden to home-grown talent from the UK and Ireland, country music’s new stars performing on the pop-up stages will be a truly international get-together.

C2C Country to Country returns to The O2 in March 2014 after already selling out weekend and Saturday tickets and a total of 25,000 tickets have been sold over the weekend in total. Pop up stages will be in the themed marketplace, in the main entrance to the venue and dotted along the boulevard within The O2.

These exciting new artists will be performing alongside US megastars Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Dixie Chicks and Dirks Bentley and Country Queen Martina McBride.

The full list of artists confirmed to play on the pop-up stages over the weekend is…

Ann Doka – Frankfurt
Curran – New Jersey
Dexeter – Connecticut
Emma Jade
Gary Quinn – Ireland
Hannah Jane Lewis
Hometown Show
Jessica Clemmons – Houston
Jill and Kate – Nashville
Jill Johnson – Sweden
Lisa Marie Fischer- Germany
Lisa Redford
Luke and Mel
Maria Byrne – Ireland
McKay
Raintown – Glasgow
Star Lane
Stephen Kellogg – USA
Steve Agnew – Scotland
Striking Matches – Nashville
The Diablos
The Dirty Beggars – Scotland
The Shires
The Sonny Walters Band
Thorne Hill
Tom Wright
Ward Thomas

Tickets for the main concerts are almost completely sold out with less than two months to go.