Government Mandate Forces Postponement of C2C Festival In Dublin

The Dublin, Ireland portion of the  C2C: Country to Country Music Festival has been postponed after Irish officials cancelled all…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 12, 2020

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Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Dublin, Ireland portion of the  C2C: Country to Country Music Festival has been postponed after Irish officials cancelled all indoor public events hosting 100 or more people due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The new mandate, which runs through March 29, allows outdoor events to proceed only if the capacity is under 500.

The official C2C Festival social media pages have not shared the news, however, MCD Productions, the producer of the festival in Dublin, released a statement to inform fans of the news.

“MCD Productions is currently working with artists and venues to reschedule all dates,” the official statement reads. “Original tickets purchased for all affected events will remain valid for rescheduled dates which will be notified to patrons on confirmation.”

The Dublin C2C events were scheduled to run Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. Darius Rucker, The Shires, Old Crow Medicine Show, Runaway June, Luke Combs, Brett Young, Tanya Tucker, Jordan Davis, Eric Church, The Cadillac Three and Charles Esten were among the many acts scheduled to perform throughout the weekend.

C2C Festival events are scheduled to happen in London and Glasgow beginning Friday. Currently, it appears as if these shows will go on as planned, however, things are changing very rapidly across the globe.

Several artists have already arrived in parts of Europe for the festival, however, some were unable to make it across the pond.

Gabby Barrett was on her way to London on Wednesday but was no longer able to make the trip. She shared the news via Instagram stories, apologizing to fans for not being able to make it.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to go. They are shutting everything down due to the coronavirus,” she explained.

Old Dominion previously cancelled their C2C appearance due to the outbreak.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions from Europe to the United States, but these restrictions do not apply to the United Kingdom. Therefore, the artists will be able to make it home to U.S. soil.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.