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Hunter Hayes at Country2Country 2017, O2 Arena


Photos Kerry Hanmore

It would be fair to say I’ve not really followed Hunter’s career in any detail before his name was added to the bill at this year’s C2C festival. He’s no stranger to playing the UK as he has toured here before and has a steady stream of UK fans.

His set opened with ‘I Want Crazy’ – an up-tempo country pop song which was a firm country radio favourite and a great opening song.  Personally, I thought he got off to a slightly shaky start which I put down to nerves.  At 25 years old, Hunter is the youngest artist to play the main stages.  However, as his set progressed, his performance improved and shifted up a gear. He told us all to embrace our ‘inner nerds’ as he is the biggest nerd of all, a fact which doesn’t ring true. No nerd can get up on that stage in front of tens of thousands of country loving fans and play the guitar with the confidence he had.  As the crowd really began to warm to him, Hunter brought out one of his ‘best friends’ Charlie Worsham and they wowed the audience with a rendition of Somebody’s Heartbreak.  The two accomplished guitarists really had the wow factor with this great display of guitar work and I would be very surprised if Charlie didn’t come back and play the main stage at future C2C’s.


Stand out moments were Hunter’s new song ‘Tell Me’ and an absolutely fantastic performance of ‘Amen’ which had the crowd transfixed as he shredded the guitar.

Hunter has the youthful good looks of a pop star, a great voice topped with the musical prowess of an accomplished rock guitarist. Throw in a little country and there’s enough magic to keep his fans shouting out for more and ensuring he returns to the UK in the foreseeable future.

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I Want Crazy, Storm Warming, Tattoo, Somebody’s Heartbreak (Ft Charlie Worsham), Amen, Tell Me, Light Me Up, Yesterday’s Song and Wanted.


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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