C2C REVIEW: Cam – The O2, London

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Let’s get straight to the point – Cam’s set on the main stage at C2C was one of the massive highlights of the weekend, and also one of the best main stage sets (particularly in one of the earlier slots) that we’ve ever seen at C2C. She played on the spotlight stage last time and gave everyone a small taste of her talent, and this time she was given the big upgrade and she took the bull by the horns. With a set list packed full of fan favourites as well as some stunning new material, Cam certainly left her mark at the O2 and left us all craving that new album.

From the moment she came on stage with her big anthem ‘Diane’, she had the audience in the palm of her hand and it set the tone for a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging show. ‘Mayday’ and ‘Runaway Train’ followed to keep the energy high. We all know Cam is a wonderfully talented vocalist, but I was intrigued to see if she could have the same impact on an arena stage, and she absolutely blew everyone away from start to finish. Without doubt the best female vocalist in country music for me; her delivery was flawless.

Cam’s ability was on show more than ever with one of her new songs, ‘Forgetting You When I’m Alone’, which she wrote with the incredible Lori McKenna. Written in a really unique way about that past love that you just can’t let go of, the chorus is dark, dramatic and a real attention-grabber. There’s nowhere to hid when she performs this live; it’s the type of song that only the most experienced and capable vocalists can pull off. Needless to say, she was note perfect and it was such a ‘goose bump’ moment.

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She also performed another new song titled ‘Till There’s Nothing Left’ which really impressed me. It’s a slightly different vibe to what we’re used to with Cam’s material, and it could have great mainstream potential.

As we all know, the C2C crowd love a good country cover occasionally, and Cam took the roof off the O2 with a rendition of ‘Jolene’, mixed with Miley Cyrus’ smash-hit ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’. Quite fitting really; you could argue that she’s the modern day Dolly!

Of course, she couldn’t leave the stage without doing ‘Burning House’, and that performance was one of the stand-out memories from what was a magnificent weekend. Seeing the whole O2 arena lit up with phone lights and hearing 20,000 people singing along is a feeling difficult to describe. She had the hearts of many UK country fans long before her C2C appearances, but she no doubt gained a few thousand more supporters on Friday. It doesn’t get much better.

Dan Wharton
@LifeInASong_Dan

Set List:

1. Diane
2. Mayday
3. Runaway Train
4. Forgetting You When I’m Alone
5. My Mistake
6. Palace
7. Till There’s Nothing Left
8. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson cover)
9. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
10. Burning House