Country music fans were scattered across London on Friday night with the C2C launch party taking place at Bush Hall and Kip Moore playing at the O2 Empire in Shepherds Bush.
I opted for the Shepherd’s Bush option on this night and was not to be disappointed.
A word of advice to start, when you have an unreserved seat don’t get excited when there is no queue outside the venue for this section while the stalls entrance is round queuing round the corner, as 45 minutes after doors have opened that actually means everybody is already inside and seat choice is rather limited!! Perched on the side on more of a bench than a seat with a view that when you are sat down means you can see about a fifth of the stage the beer money had been spent and we were ready for the main support act of the night, Drake White and the big fire.
Following a very animated performance, having only previously seen him at songwriters sat down the whole time, White exited the stage to a standing ovation from the sell out crowd and it says a lot about a growing fan base for him when the arena was full for his set.
Not long after white has exited the stage it was time for Kip to make his third London appearance and he entered the stage wearing his now expected vest top and baseball cap to the title track of his second album, ‘Wild Ones’. New tracks followed soon after with the opening track from his ‘Slowheart’ album, ‘Plead The Fifth’. It didn’t take long till the crows favourite track ‘Beer Money’ was played for a full sing along and as ever if you didn’t know the chorus of this track at the start you certainly did by the end with Kip not even needing to encourage the crowd to sing along!
As the set continued the memory that many in the crowd will take away will surely be the two covers of the evening. Firstly with U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ with a guest appearance from Drake White and the whole band singing one line each to finish it off before Kip performed his tribute to Tom Petty with ‘Learning To Fly’.
No Kip Moore show would be complete without a sing along to somethin bout a truck before an encore of ‘Guitar Man’ from his new album and a very fitting choice of final track in ‘Fly Again’.
A’s Kip exited the stage at the end of the night following a mix of new tracks and old favourites it was clear to see that his fan base has continued to grow in the UK with many genuinely excited that he will be returning to these shores in just a few months time for his second appearance at the Country to Country festival.