WATCH: Thomas Rhett And Niall Horan Team Up For Surprise Duet At C2C Festival In London

Rhett said performing with Horan was a “bucket list” moment.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 11, 2023

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Thomas Rhett, Niall Horan; Photo by Luke Dyson Courtesy C2C Festival

Thomas Rhett and Niall Horan surprised fans at C2C: Country To Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London on Friday (Mar. 10) with a special duet.

The country superstar and former One Direction member joined forces in the midst of Rhett’s headlining set to sing a duet of Horan’s fan-favorite hit, “Slow Hands.” 

Thomas Rhett, Niall Horan; Photo by Luke Dyson Courtesy C2C Festival
Thomas Rhett, Niall Horan; Photo by Luke Dyson Courtesy C2C Festival

“Me and the band learned this song yesterday and we rehearsed it this morning. So, we’re going to give it our best shot. Will y’all please welcome to the stage Mr. Niall Horan,” Rhett said before the season 23 The Voice coach joined him on stage. 

The pair then delivered an epic duet of the tune, which appears on Niall Horan’s debut solo album, Flicker


A “Bucket List” Moment

“Slow, slow hands / Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry / No, no chance / That I’m leaving here without you on me / I, I know / Yeah, I already know that there ain’t no stoppin’  Your plans and those / Slow hands (woo) / Slow hands,” the artists sing on the chorus of Horan’s highest-charting single.

Rhett’s headlining set also included performances of “Look What God Gave Her,” “Slow Down Summer,” “Beer Can’t Fix,” “Praise The Lord (feat. BRELAND),” and more. 

Following their performance, Rhett took to social media to share a clip from the “bucket list” moment.

“Love ya bro! Thanks so much for joining us in London last night! @niallhoran @c2cfestival,” Rhett wrote.

Longtime Friends

Rhett, 32, and Horan, 29, are longtime friends and have written songs together “a couple of times,” and hope to one day find the right song to record as a duet. 

“I feel like every time me and Niall are together we threaten to do some sort of collaboration,” Rhett previously admitted (per Music News). “We have written a couple of times but I don’t think we have written the song yet for us to do. We stay in touch, especially when he’s in town. He’s just a good buddy. I love Niall and his solo projects.” 

“It would be a lot of fun to just find a week and be like, ‘We’re going here and we’re going to write and whatever the best one is, we’re going to do it together.’” Rhett continued. “I can see there being a me and Niall collaboration in the next couple of years.”

Ahead of his performance at C2C: Country To Country, Thomas Rhett sat down with Absolute Country to tease his headlining set.

“These are some of my favorite shows in the world to play,” Rhett admitted, before revealing that his good friend would join him onstage in London. “I’m thrilled to be able to headline them alongside Lady A and Zac Brown. I think I’ve got another buddy coming out, but I will save that to be a surprise. He’s still on the fence with if he wants to sing with me or not, but I texted him the other night and I was just like ‘man, do you want to sing with me in London?’ He said ‘can I do it in my underwear?’ and I said ‘absolutely.’ So we’ll see.” 

C2C: Country To Country

C2C: Country To Country Festival London includes headliners Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown Band, and Lady A. Other artists slated to perform throughout the three-day event include Jordan Davis, Lainey Wilson, BRELAND, MIdland, Morgan Evans, Matt Stell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell, and more. 

The Spotlight Stage in London is set to feature Ashley Cooke, Mackenzie Porter, Corey Kent, Drake Milligan, Sam Williams, Amanda Shires, Kameron Marlowe, and Madeline Edwards. 

Several other rising stars are scheduled to appear at various venues in London throughout the weekend. 

C2C: Country To Country Festival also takes place in Dublin, Ireland and Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.