NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association returns to the U.K. next March for C2C: Country to Country festival with its critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series as well as the CMA Presents Introducing Nashville lineup. As international consumption of Country Music reaches an all-time high, with both superstar artists breaking records and emerging artists being discovered more than ever before, CMA is proud to further its mission in supporting the growth of the genre around the globe.
Serving as the official kickoff leading into C2C, the CMA Songwriters Series show on Thursday, March 9 will feature performances by Dalton Dover, Nate Smith, Lainey Wilson and special guests. A fan-favorite event celebrating the festival’s opening, the CMA Songwriters Series is on track to sell out once again.
CMA’s international touring series, Introducing Nashville, will include performances by Tyler Braden, Caylee Hammack and Alana Springsteen during the festival’s opening set at The O2 in London Friday, March 10, The Ovo Hydro in Glasgow Saturday, March 11, and 3Arena in Dublin Sunday, March 12. After receiving overwhelming enthusiasm from audiences in 2022, Introducing Nashville returns to the main stage for the second year in a row.
“Being able to provide artists the sought-after opportunity to be included on the C2C mainstage through our Introducing Nashville lineup is such an honor,” says Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations & Development. “Each year, we are especially amazed at the excitement from U.K. fans for our CMA Songwriters Series, which we are proud to say features several artists making their U.K. performance debuts. Thank you C2C for your continued partnership and support and thank you music lovers for helping us grow Country Music.”
Launched in 2019, Introducing Nashville provides a platform to introduce exciting current artists to international audiences. Music fans around the world have been captivated with the unique Nashville-style writer’s round with artists appearing on stage together in an acoustic lineup, introducing their songs and sharing stories about their careers and personal lives. Since its launch, Introducing Nashville has delivered performances to fans worldwide including Amsterdam, Auckland, Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Tokyo and multiple cities in the U.K. and Australia, with lineups featuring a variety of artists including Priscilla Block, Danielle Bradbery, Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson, Travis Denning, Lindsay Ell, Walker Hayes, Lauren Jenkins, Tiera Kennedy, Logan Mize, Tenille Townes, Morgan Wade and Rachel Wammack.
Since 2005, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Toronto and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center. Artists and songwriters who have participated in the series internationally include Jimmie Allen, Bill Anderson, Clint Black, Kristian Bush, Cam, Shy Carter, Ross Copperman, Travis Denning, Luke Dick, Russell Dickerson, Bob DiPiero, Charles Esten, Randy Houser, Levi Hummon, Marcus Hummon, Brett James, Mac McAnally, Shane McAnally, Martina McBride, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, Maren Morris, Angaleena Presley, Liz Rose, Caitlyn Smith, Laura Veltz, Drake White, Charlie Worsham, and Chris Young.
Tickets for C2C Mainstage featuring the Introducing Nashville lineup are available to purchase at https://c2c-countrytocountry.com/.
About the Country Music Association
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. The organization serves as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advances the growth of Country Music worldwide. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits music education through the CMA Foundation and is taped for a television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” CMA’s television properties are screened internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Mexico, Norway, and the U.K. CMA brings Country Music worldwide, by presenting live performances featuring artists and songwriters through its touring series, Introducing Nashville, and CMA Songwriters Series. CMA members are located around the globe. Through task forces represented in Australia, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K., industry leaders work to further Country Music in these territories. CMA presents six annual international industry awards to acknowledge the efforts of individuals working to develop Country Music in markets across the world.