C2C Festival: Midland – London O2 Arena – Live Review

Midland are becoming one of the UK country music fan base’s favourite groups. The traditional yet modern trio first hit our radar when they released their EP back in 2016 and we have had a Midland problem ever since.

Midland released their debut album On The Rocks in late 2017 following a highly successful single release of Drinkin’ Problem and it has seen phenomenal success in the US and across the pond here in the UK.

Midland are signed to Big Machine Label Group who are very good at bringing their artists over to the UK often so we were all hoping that they would be coming to play C2C Festival and were over the moon when they were announced.

Midland opened the main stage on the final day of C2C Festival at London’s O2 Arena. Most of the audience were eager to see them with some unsure, however I am pretty sure they converted those unsure to being fans as I have only heard raving reports.

The visually colourful trio in their loud but amazing signature outfits took to the stage and began with Check Cashin’ Country which is, in my opinion one of the best tracks from On The Rocks. Immediately the band had the crowd and their live performance skills were something to be admired and certainly threw away any of those rumours of them being another Spinal Tap band.

Mark Wystrach has great vocals and the trio consisting of Mark, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy had great, fun stage presence and slick harmonies that proved why they will soon be one of the most successful country groups going. The said harmonies shone even brighter during their acapella moment on the song This Old Heart.

The band were extremely grateful to be there and were in awe of their audience, in fact an excitable Mark even said with surprise that he was amazed by the amount of people in the audience with fake moustaches to show their love for Midland. Mark also adorably said how his dad was in the audience and he was so pleased to share this moment with him.

Halfway through the show Midland gave a tribute to the late Tom Petty by performing their cover version of American Girl, this sounded great and really filled the arena. American Girl wasn’t the only cover the band did as they also did a quick medley of Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp, Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy and Dixieland Delight by Alabama.

A highlight was More Than A Fever which has a slight 70’s Bee Gee’s twist to it and was really fun and upbeat live and this was followed by Altitude Adjustment which is another favourite for me and really translates well in a live setting.

Their two best known tracks were last with Make A Little and Drinkin’ Problem. As expected the crowd went absolutely crazy during Drinkin’ Problem and the energy in the arena practically blew the roof off and everybody was ready to keep the party goin’. If only Midland has a longer set or were higher up on the bill, possibly just before Little Big Town because no one wanted them to end but with being a relatively new band, they weren’t going to be higher up on the bill but this will certainly change soon and it won’t be long before we see Midland having the top headline slot and deservedly so.

Midland sound even better live than they do on record. This band were made for the stage and perform to the highest standards and they are only going to get better and better. I liked Midland but I now love Midland and they have made everybody talk non stop about them since C2C Festival and we cannot wait for them to return for their tour in November/December. Buy tickets here

Set List

Check Cashin’ Country
This Old Heart
At Least Your Cried
Burn Out
American Girl (Tom Petty Cover)
Jack and Diane / Dust on the Bottle
Dixieland Delight
More Than a Fever
Altitude Adjustment
Make a Little
Drinkin’ Problem

 

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