In fact, of all 19 main stage artists at 2016’s Festival, there were only two who were doing so for the first time.
It’s a consequence of having a genre-specific festival seeking to attract the highest level of talent, year upon year and it’s no bad thing.
On the whole, The hotly awaited C2C 2017 lineup announcement was greeted with excitement by the UK’s burgeoning community of country music fans.
Leading the bill is Brad Paisley; a three-time GRAMMY Award winner with 23 number 1’s and a series of genre-defying collaborations, featuring Robbie Williams, BB King and, most recently, Demi Lovato.
When C2C announced that Tim Mc Graw and Carrie Underwood would headline its inaugural festival in 2013, it sent a message.
It showed it was not a half-hearted attempt at tapping into a minority genre with a programme of mediocre has-beens, only providing entertainment for a select group of die-hard genre loyalists.
It has renewed interest from record labels and venues resulting in levels of access that fans in 2012 could only dream of.
Furthermore, the other main stage slots provide even greater depth to the lineup.This means that, if C2C is to continue providing the highest caliber of artists to headline its festivals, repetition is unavoidable. Take CMA Fest, by far the biggest country music festival in the world.