London’s largest free Country Music Festival, “Nashville Meets London”, took place this past weekend, July 22-23, in Canada Square Park and drew thousands of festival goers to the Canary Wharf estate.
This year’s talent lineup featured US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, alongside UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.
“Nashville Meets London” is on its way to becoming a firm fixture in London’s music calendar. Each year, the event features established and exciting new talent from the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and the UK, and continues to grow in attendance.
The UK Country scene is alive. It’s obvious that fans are willing to do what it takes to hear the music in London, including standing in the pouring rain ALL day on Saturday. It’s a great feeling to have a platform that introduces Nashville’s emerging talent into the marketplace to perform alongside UK talent, providing an opportunity that helps increase the artist’s fan base there,” “Nashville Meets London” co-producer and AristoMedia’s President of Marketing and International Relations, Matt Watkins commented.
Emmy award-winning television host and radio personality, Kelly Sutton served as a Nashville correspondent for the two-day event. Sutton provided coverage daily on ‘NBC’s Today in Nashville’ and southern lifestyle website, ‘One Country’.
Sutton captured performance clips and interviews with with established and Nashville and UK artists. She will also provide post-event coverage on the Country Roadschannel for TuneIn Radio. TuneIn Radio currently has an audience of over 60 million subscribers.
I’m so excited to have been a part of this event! Not only did we get to showcase incredible acts from Nashville and the UK, but also got to do it in beautiful Canary Wharf! It’s clear the fans are starving for Country music, and opportunities are building there for artists. This was my first trip to England and I already feel as if I’ve made so many friends there,” Sutton adds.
The inaugural “Nashville Meets London” festival took place in August 2016. The event drew an impressive number of people and left an overwhelmingly positive response among UK-based Country music fans and locals.
“Nashville Meets London” is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group. Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country and Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant.