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BBC Radio 2 Country broadcasts from 9th to 12th March inclusive
Sunday, 22nd January 2017 [updated Mon 6th March 2017]
Digital popup radio station Radio 2 Country returns in 2017 with covarage of C2C festival - how to listen

Featuring special broadcasts live from the C2C: Country To Country festival at The O2 in London, BBC Radio 2 Country starts at midday on Thursday 9th March 2016 for four days of country music programmes and highlights.

Bob Harris, Jo Whiley, Baylen Leonard, Paul Sexton and Bobbi Pryor will all be on-air for the pop-up station. Twelve of the world's biggest country acts take to the stage, with all their performances live on BBC Radio 2 Country.

This year's acts include one of country music's biggest selling artists: Reba McEntire; multi million selling artist Brad Paisley; alongside country rock group the Zac Brown Band; CMA New artist 2016 Maren Morris; traditional country royalty Marty Stuart. Chris Young, Jennifer Nettles, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Darius Rucker, Dan & Shay and Hunter Hayes also make their appearance at the C2C festival.

There will also be backstage gossip and interviews with the performers.

  • The Shires’ Country playlist – UK duo Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle present a show full of their favourite country tracks

  • Reba’s Gospel hour – Country Music superstar and headliner of C2C Reba McEntire shares her love of Gospel music

  • Baylen Leonard’s All country requests – You choose the music in this two hour live request show

  • Ken Bruce – Then and Now – The first and last hits by artists who have spanned the decades – Including Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks

  • Vanessa Feltz – Vanessa’s Country Gals – Vanessa celebrates the greatest women of countr

Available as a popup station on your DAB digital radio, Radio 2 Country programmes centre around three days of live perfomances from the C2C: Country to Country music festival in London. Special programmes celebrating country music, documentaries focussing on country music artists, together with a host of live broadcasts from the stage at London's O2 arena. The special station ends its broadcasts on Sunday, 12th March.

A schedule is available to download now or at the Radio 2 Country website. 2016's popup station offers a flavour of what you can expect via your radio.

How can I receive Radio 2 Country on my DAB digital radio?

Tune to BBC Radio 2, 5 Live or BBC Radio 3 on your DAB radio. Then, look for BBC R2Country in your station list and select the station, from Wednesday 8th March 2017. It may show before BBC Asian Network or after the list of BBC national stations on some receivers.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial. We've advice on choosing a good model on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi receivers.

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