It’s set to be another exciting year for Carly Pearce. With a new sophomore album on the way to follow up her hugely successful debut ‘Every Little Thing’, Big Machine’s rising star continues to develop her ever-growing fan base, and the UK fans had been waiting for her to pay us a visit for quite some time. There was clearly a lot of excitement about her C2C set, and I would say the arena was busier for her set than the openers on Friday and Sunday.
You can guarantee that Carly will bring the sass and a whole lot of energy to her performances, and she didn’t let us down at The O2. Kicking off with ‘Careless’ (albeit with a few technical issues) and the attitude-packed ‘Catch Fire’, she strutted around the stage with purpose and was evidently determined to leave a lasting impression. Vocally, there was nothing to question – her signature gritty delivery was on point and showcased with great passion.
‘Doin’ It Right’ has always been a huge personal favourite from her debut record so it was great to hear it live, as well as ‘Everybody Gonna Talk’ which brought out Carly’s sassy, care-free side once again. A few covers were thrown in along the way, too, which was unexpected for a short 10-song set list, but they certainly worked in her favour. ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ cranked up the atmosphere (amazing how that intro can switch the mood of 20,000 people in a matter of seconds!), and a mashup of ‘Those Memories Of You’ and ‘Sin Wagon’ in a bluegrass style was a really cool, different moment. Probably the most recognisably ‘country’ section we saw all weekend!
‘Closer To You’, her latest single, was also a highlight. This is a top drawer radio-friendly tune with a powerful, infectious chorus that will surely become a big hit if there’s any justice in the industry. And it really doesn’t get much better than ‘If My Name Was Whiskey’, Carly’s best song by a long stretch, which was just a wonderful performance and showed the immense potential that Carly has, given the right material.
She couldn’t leave us without a performance of her smash-hit breakout single ‘Every Little Thing’, when she asked the audience to “totally Lady Antebellum this place” and light the room up with phone lights. It really was a special sight, and to hear everybody singing along must have been a big career highlight for her. This was followed by ‘Hide The Wine’ to close the show, which is a fan favourite and went down very well with the C2C-goers.
An assured, confident performance from one of the genre’s most exciting rising stars and hopefully the first of many shows for Carly on UK soil.
2. Catch Fire
3. Doin’ It Right
4. Everybody Gonna Talk
5. Man! I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain cover)
6. Closer To You
7. Those Memories of You / Sin Wagon
8. If My Name Was Whiskey
9. Every Little Thing
10. Hide the Wine