Having Sugarland reunite and be on the bill for C2C Festival was something no one expected, we had hoped but didn’t think it was ever going to happen.
Kritian Bush of Sugarland was the first act to ever play C2C Festival when it opened its doors for the first time in 2013. Not only was he the first but it was also his first live solo show.
In 2017 Jennifer Nettles also made her C2C debut as a solo artist on the main stage and rumours of a reunion were already emerging.
For hardcore Sugarland fans, their appearance was likely the most eagerly anticipated moment of the entire festival.
The huge backdrop on the main stage with the Sugarland logo up in lights before they started already created a very exciting atmosphere. This was going to be the very first time that I had seen Sugarland and I was pretty excited as had no idea what to expect.
Jennifer and Kristian arrived on stage to one of the biggest cheers of the night, if not the biggest. Starting with Find the Beat Again, everyone stood up and the energy from Jennifer and Kristian bounced off of the stage straight into every person in the arena and the audience participation was instant.
Sugarland are an incredible force – they really know how to put on a show and it was clear that they has missed performing together and had missed playing their music to their loving fans. Jennifer was beaming throughout and never missed a moment to show her appreciation to the crowd. The uplifting atmosphere was taken up a notch for All I Wanna Do and Stuck Like Glue and I just felt this huge sense of emotion from the crowd that they had waited so long for this moment and were loving every second.
Jennifer and Kristian work so well together on stage and they interacted with the crowd in such an infectious way that I for one couldn’t resist in joining in on every clap, every sing back and every cheer.
Telling the crowd how happy they are to be back, they performed their new single Still The Same which was very fitting as they were still the same, it was like old times for many I am sure.
I liked the fact that no ego’s were involved and that Jennifer and Kristian took a moment to perform a song each off of their solo albums. Kristian performed Trailer Hitch from his solo record Southern Gravity and Jennifer performed Unlove You from her second solo record Playing With Fire. Jennifer is a natural on stage and has one of the strongest voices in country music.
Next up was Incredible Machine and Jennifer was still on a massive high, running around stage like a happy, excited child at Christmas.
A moment most had waited for, myself included was the song Stay. Probably their most emotional song yet, Jennifer delivered on every level and brought a tear to many. Jennifer then went on to say that next up was their first single together and they played Baby Girl. We had seen both Jennifer and Kristian perform this song as part of their solo sets in the past but together it was something else and a flash back to the beginning of Sugarland who again proved they were still the same.
They closed their set with Something More followed by Alive and Kicking which made myself and probably most of the arena sad that it was over so soon. Sugarland were thoroughly impressive, I knew they would be good but I didn’t know they would be THAT good. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to not just finally see them live but to be part of such a special moment that will always be a highlight of C2C Festival for years to come.
Find the Beat Again
All I Wanna Do
Stuck Like Glue
Still the Same
Trailer Hitch (Kristian Bush)
Unlove You (Jennifer Nettles)
Alive and Kicking