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.
[Nashville industry representatives who travelled to London, England for the 2017 Nashville Meets London festival gathered backstage at the two-day festival, which drew thousands to Canada Square Park. Pictured here (L to R): Paul Benton, Matt Watkins (The AristoMedia Group and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder); Kelly Sutton (Emmy award-winning television host, radio personality and Nashville correspondent for the 2017 Nashville Meets London), Kari Barnhart (Regions’ Music & Entertainment Relationship Manager/Industry Specialist), Christy Walker-Watkins (The AristoMedia Group President and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder) and Lisa Nolan]
[2017 Nashville Meets London performers and organizers gather backstage at the two-day festival, which drew thousands to Canada Square Park in London, England. Pictured here (L to R): Back – Wildwood Kin (Beth Key, Emillie Key, Meghann Loney), Raintown (Claire Bain, Paul Bain), Russell Dickerson, Peter Conway (Peter Conway Management and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder); Front – Kelly Sutton (Emmy award-winning television host, radio personality and Nashville correspondent for the 2017 Nashville Meets London), Matt Watkins (The AristoMedia Group and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder), Baylen Leonard (BBC Radio 2, Chris Country Radio DJ and Nashville Meets London Consultant), Jo Smith, Christy Walker-Watkins (The AristoMedia Group President and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder]
Nashville Meets London co-producer and AristoMedia’s President of Marketing and International Relations, Matt Watkins commented, “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.”
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 Roads channel for TuneIn Radio. TuneIn Radio currently has an audience of over 60 million subscribers. See clips from Sutton’s festival coverage here: day 1 and day 2.
Sutton adds, “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.”
Nashville Meets London is part of Canary Wharf’s Arts + Events programme which offers tenants and visitors over 200 diverse and culturally inspired events. From outdoor theatre, live concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, dance performances, global street food and family friendly shows, the majority of these events are free for the public. Canary Wharf is located in the former London Docklands. For the past ten years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is the largest free jazz festival in the UK.
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/Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant. The event was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
About Canary Wharf Group: Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 17m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers. The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate. Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
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