Lyrical Lessons for C2C
by Ian Aylett
There are two certainties every year in Country Music – somebody will sing about a truck and somebody will complain about the line up at C2C. It seems that 2018 will be no different. Sure the lineup for C2C 2018 has met with its fair share of disapproval; this however won’t stop thousands of country fans packing into London’s O2 Arena to hear Kip Moore tell us there something about his favorite automobile.
Bringing some of the top names in Country Music to the U.K. Country 2 Country is a 3 day music festival held annually in Glasgow, Dublin and London. First held in 2013, it has grown from a 2 day London event to 3 days across 3 cities. With a diverse line up this year, there is something for everybody and I’m sure all those attending will have an amazing experience. But what about the artists themselves – can following their lyrical advice create an even better weekend?
Humble and Kind
Country fans are a friendly bunch. United by a love of music you can talk to somebody new like you are old friends. This makes it easy for first timers or solo visitors to fit right in and begin enjoying themselves straight away. We all need to stick together and remember what it was like our first time. If you see somebody lost, point them in the right direction. Talk to that lone fan in the queue behind you. Share your favorites and maybe discover something new.
I’m not suggesting you take a boat out on the Thames this March, the weather for one may not allow you follow Little Big Town’s instructions and catch some rays on the roof. The sentiment of slowing down and enjoying the simple things still stand. Don’t obsess about being able to do everything and see everybody, its simply not possible. Plan your must sees and then fit everything else in around those. Leave time to be spontaneous and if you miss something don’t worry about it.
Maybe we should just rename this song ‘Money’. Be aware that you will need more than beer money at Country 2 Country. From the necessities such as tickets, transport, food and drink to the shopping opportunities and merchandise stands – there will be no shortage of places to spend your cash. Just be prepared for this have a budget before you arrive and try to stick to it. Understanding what you have to spend will help you decide if you really need that third pair of boots!
Your favorite country song may be full of the virtues of a cold Bud Light, a shot of Tennessee whisky or a jar of moonshine, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend the weekend in an alcohol induced haze. Many of the acts at C2C don’t come to the UK often, so make the most of the opportunity to fully appreciate them. Sure have one, but make sure that doesn’t lead to thirteen!
When It Rains It Pours
You might not win $100 on a scratch off ticket, however I’m sure most will feel like the luckiest person in the world the first time they walk through the doors to C2C. The festival atmosphere is hard to beat and make sure that you soak it all in. Keep your eyes open and you can increase that lucky streak even further, you never know when something amazing is going to happen. There are numerous competitions and giveaways all over. Without even trying I’ve met some of the artists just walking through the O2 or in my hotel lift. I’ve even had random acts of kindness and been given a spare ticket. I may not be Deep sea, senorita, fishing down in Panama, but I know I will certainly get something extra special from C2C.
Follow Your Arrow
While Ms Musgraves tells us to be yourself, some people still obsess about fitting in. We are all united by our love of this musical genre, but we are still individuals. Don’t obsess about what everybody else is doing and instead think about what you want to do. If you want to miss an artist to chat to your new found friends do it! If you want to dance to every word of every song – go ahead! The rules are your rules, and this is your party, so do what makes you happy. I guess that means I can have that extra beer! Sorry Midland, blame Kacey!