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C2C REVIEW: Ashley McBryde – The O2, London



Credit: Anthony Mooney

Every opportunity we get to see Ashley McBryde grace that main stage at C2C is more than welcome. She’s well and truly worked her way from the ground up at the festival, having appeared at the Indigo a few years back, followed by a main stage performance the following year. Now, with another stunning album in Never Will under her belt, she was back, and what a performance she put on for the 20,000 in attendance.

If we could have written a set list for this slot, it was pretty much exactly that (apart from the omission of “Bible and a 44,” but we’ll forgive her!). This was the ultimate showcase of the many facets of Ashley McBryde, from the up-tempo rockers like “El Dorado” and “Never Will” to the beautiful “Sparrow” and her smash hit “One Night Standards.” A true arena-level act, she looked totally at home up on that stage and provided an hour of top notch entertainment.

One of the many highlights was her performance of “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” her duet with CMA & ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year, Carly Pearce. The best track on Carly’s latest album, it was an absolute joy to hear live, and Ashley sings the hell out of it. A killer track which should be a major hit on Country radio.

We all probably assumed that “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” would be one of the later songs in the set, but she threw it in early – such is the quality of her repertoire. The magic that “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” creates at a show just never gets old – seeing thousands of phone lights appear around the O2 is such a ‘goose bump’ moment. “I hear the crowd”… it doesn’t get much more special than that.

We were also treated to a new track, “Women Ain’t Whiskey,” which will feature on Ashley’s forthcoming new studio album, expected this year. Another Ashley McBryde classic, it’s just as anthemic and empowering as the title suggests, and slots seamlessly into her powerful live shows. Ashley’s new music can’t come soon enough.

Overall, another phenomenal performance from one of Country’s masters of stage craft. She creates a connection with her audience like few others can – being able to command the stage with such grace and humility is a special quality. She’ll be back in the UK next month – get your tickets now!

Set List:

  1. Martha Divine
  2. Radioland
  3. Hang in There Girl
  4. El Dorado
  5. Women Ain’t Whiskey
  6. Girl Goin’ Nowhere
  7. Never Wanted To Be That Girl
  8. Never Will
  9. Voodoo Doll
  10. A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega
  11. Livin’ Next to Leroy
  12. Midnight Rider(The Allman Brothers Band cover)
  13. Tired of Being Happy
  14. Sparrow
  15. One Night Standards

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