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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Dixie Chicks and Zac Brown Band Festival in London, including the United States some of the top country music acts have played to 15,000 fans.

Other artists at day one of the two-day event, which also takes place in Dublin, included Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride. Zac Brown Band's headline set included covers of Metallica's Enter Sandman and Van Morrison's Into the Mystic.

The festival was hosted by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris. This is the second year that Country to Country has taken place. Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts are among the acts performing in London on Sunday.

Artists paid tribute to the mainstream single chart with Dixie Chicks covering Miley Cyrus's global hit Wrecking Ball, while Dierks Bentley gave his take on Avicii's Hey Brother.

Zac Brown Band performed current tracks from their EP recorded with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, aptly named the Grohl Sessions.

"Looks like country music has found a new home," said Bentley as he addressed the crowd at the O2 arena in Greenwich. "Thank you for making this feel like home," he told the sell-out crowd. While ticket sales for the Country to Country festival are buoyant, album sales of country music in the UK made up only 1.7% of all albums sold in 2013, according to the figures from the BPI, which represents the UK's recorded music industry. Rock was the best selling genre taking 33.8% of all albums sold.

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