There aren’t many better-suited artists for a C2C main stage opening slot than Russell Dickerson. Bringing his fiery energy, charisma and charm, he provided the ideal opening to what was a fabulous night of music alongside Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert.
Russell’s rise has been quite phenomenal in recent years, racking up a number of chart-topping singles which have firmly established him a certified pop-country hit-maker. He’s got a set list full of arena-ready anthems now, and this felt like a big breakout moment on the main stage, having played on smaller C2C stages in previous years.
Russell has become one of those artists who you forget has put out so many top notch releases, such is the momentum he’s generated in the last few years. He cranked up the atmosphere right from the start with the bouncy “Never Get Old,” followed by the brilliant “Every Little Thing,” before unleashing his latest release, the undeniably infectious “She Likes It.” Not one for the traditionalists by any stretch, but Russell puts on one hell of a show, that’s for sure.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the set for us (and for the many Lady A fans out there) was the surprise appearance of the one and only Charles Kelley on “Home Sweet,” which he co-wrote with Russell. Currently vacationing in London for spring break with his family, Charles sent the crowd wild with his appearance on the second verse, and added another spark to the party atmosphere. One of the best singles of 2021, “Home Sweet” was one of those truly memorable, iconic C2C moments.
Russell’s career-defining smash hit “Love You Like I Used To” followed, prompting a huge sing-along from the O2 crowd. From then on, party mode was initiated, with “MGNO” (My Girl’s Night Out) transitioning into “Shut Up and Dance” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” renditions.
Closing the set with his first #1, “Yours,” followed by the soaring “Blue Tacoma,” he left the stage to rapturous applause from the London fans. It’s hard not to appreciate Russell’s high energy, all-in kind of style on stage; he left everything out there and it was clear just how much that show meant to him.
It’s always a joy to see someone who’s truly grafted, and worked from the ground up in the UK, getting their big shot on the main stage, and Russell certainly made the most of it. He’ll be back on our shores this October doing his own headlining tour – you won’t want to miss it.
Never Get Old
Every Little Thing
She Likes It
Forever For a Little While
Love You Like I Used To
MGNO/ Shut Up and Dance/ I Wanna Dance with Somebody
It’s About Time