After my posting in April, which was already speculating about a country music boom in Germany and Central Europe, a lot has changed in the German country music scene and list of upcoming concerts. In general, internet forums and discussion groups feel to be much more active to me. The C2C in Berlin in March 2019 was like an initial spark for it. The much it was surprising that Germany gets that festival at all, the more it was that it will be played on three days in 2020, a weekend before the “big” C2C in London.
However, not just that festival is a factor. A lot of artists seem to take the detour to Germany, the Netherlands, sometimes even to Spain and France now, when they are doing some shows in the United Kingdom. On the German side, there are especially two promoters, Wizard Promotion and Semmel Concerts with their “Sound of Nashville” series, who seem to believe – and invest in this genre. I have seen quite some acts which will be visiting Germany and Central Europe the next months – here is my view on the country artists which make it to Germany the next months.
Last update of the list below: 17th December 2019. I try to be as up to date as I can, but sometimes, certain tours may be missing.
List of Future Concerts
Here is the list of concerts I am aware of. I may update the list, where necessary. My review is based on my experience on recent festivals. In the future, I want to also act European tours. The tours are sorted chronologically. Thus, some of the biggest acts are quite towards the end. Shows I am planning to attend with Flyctory.com are marked in bold.
Brett Eldredge (Support: Lauren Jenkins)
Nearly in parallel to Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge will come to Germany for two shows in Cologne and Hamburg. The German fans loved him already during his C2C performance 2019 in Berlin. Any of his four studio albums has either topped the US Country charts or was second placed. Five of his songs lead the US Country Airplay charts – these are just two stats which show how successful Eldredge is in his home country. He will be supported on his European tour by Lauren Jenkins, who is one of my absolutely favorite people in the business and a Featured Artist of the website.
|Fr 24.01.2020||Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria||Report|
|Sa 25.01.2020||Hamburg, Docks|
|We 29.01.2020||Amsterdam (NL), Paradiso|
I remember sitting with my wife Sarah at breakfast in the Hampton Inn Berlin the morning before the C2C 2019. There was a guy sitting next to us on the table, super-friendly, absolutely unremarkable. I somehow recognized his face – but I would never have dared to think that I am having my scrambled eggs next to a superstar like Brett Eldredge. Country musicians in general are very handy and easy to take – but the way he acted at the breakfast buffet, he did magic to the fans in Berlin in March 2019. I am sure that he will do musical magic again in January 2020 in Germany. Having Lauren with him will be a great one on top. You just must not miss it!
Canadian Lennon Stella is one of the many fantastic artists who became famous in the Nashville TV series, where she was performing as Lennon & Maisy with her sister. Lennon released her first solo single in 2018. While her first single Polaroid sold very good in the UK, it was very remarkable that she gained better chart positions in Germany and Austria than in the US and her home country with her 2019 Takeaway, which is however not a classic country track, but rather pop/dance
|Sa 08.02.2020||Copenhagen (DK), Pumpehuset|
|Mo 10.02.2020||Hamburg, Grünspan|
|Tu 11.02.2020||Berlin, Columbia Theater|
|Th 13.02.2020||Munich, Technikum|
|Fr 14.02.2020||Frankfurt, Gibson Club|
|Su 16.02.2020||Zurich, Kaufleuten|
|Mo 17.02.2020||Cologne, Gloria|
|We 19.02.2020||Paris (FR), Le Trianon|
|Th 20.02.2020||Brussels (BE), Le Madeleine|
|Sa 22.02.2020||Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg|
Hope I am able to see Lennon Stella in Cologne or in any of the other concerts. Even though she seems to emerge from country, she feels to be a very interesting artist and is definitely a huge musical talent.
Kiefer Sutherland had an amazingly successful tour through Europe in October 2019. A lot of venues had to be changed to major places and non-sold out performances were really rare. The critics are great, the fans love him – any show he proofs that he is as great on stage with a guitar and his band as in front of the camera. In February, he is coming back to Europe, facing Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, UK and Ireland.
|Fr 07.02.2020||Zurich (CH), Schützenhaus Albisgüetli Festival|
|Sa 08.02.2020||Zurich (CH), Schützenhaus Albisgüetli Festival|
|Tu 11.02.2020||Leuven (BE), Het Depot|
|We 12.02.2020||Stuttgart, Im Wizemann|
|Th 13.02.2020||Nueremberg, Hirsch|
|Sa 15.02.2020||Prague (CZ), Lucerna Music Bar|
|Su 16.02.2020||Bochum, Matrix|
|Mo 17.02.2020||Hanover, Capitol|
I feel I really have never read a negative word about Kiefer Sutherland and his musical shows. The guy is just in his (second?) element on stage. Praise to the promoters like Wizard Promotion in Germany who bring him back on stage again and again – it feels that people just cannot get enough of him for a very good reason.
Though the British country music scene seems to generate quite a lot of talent, there are still multiple acts, which just do not make it to other parts of Europe, including Germany. Former The Voice contestant Laura Oakes, however, will come for four acts to my home country, serving the four biggest cities of the country.
|So 09.02.2020||Hamburg, Pooca Bar|
|Mo 10.02.2020||Berlin, Auster Club|
|Di 11.02.2020||Köln, Blue Shell|
|Mi 12.02.2020||Munich, Feierwerk|
I saw Laura Oakes for the first time live at Day 1 of the British Country Music Festival. She is indeed an impressive character – however, the large Blackpool stage felt a bit too large for her at that time. It will be interesting to see her in intimate venues. I would have expected other young British acts in Germany rather than her – but that just means that she is likely better managed than peer acts.
Sam Lewis might not be a pure country music act, but more an alternative rock singer songwriter. Nevertheless, it is quite interesting to see that the Nashville-based artist is having tour dates in parallel to the C2C. Especially his Berlin show is an interesting setup, as it is in parallel to the final day of the Berlin C2C 2020. Apart from a very long UK tour, he will visit Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Spain
|Mo 02.03.2020||Cologne, Blue Shell|
|Tu 03.03.2020||Utrecht (NL), Tivoli Vredenburg|
|We 04.04.2020||Eindhoven (NL), Cafe ‘t Rozenknopje|
|Fr 06.03.2020||Hamburg, Pooca Bar|
|Su 08.03.2020||Berlin, Privatclub|
|Tu 10.03.2020||Munich, Orangehouse|
|We 11.03.2020||Vienna (AT), Chealsea|
|Fr 13.05.2020||Olten (CH), Mokka Rubin|
|Sa 14.04.2020||Lugano, Rsi Rete Tre|
Definitely an interesting artist. Some of the shows will be very challenging for many of you to watch. Unfortunately, I cannot make it to the Cologne show – still around Los Angeles at that day. But I am sure the shows have a great potential to a lot of fun!
Similar to 2019, a couple of artists use the time between the C2C shows in Germany/Netherlands and the UK to play some gigs in Germany. Jimmie Allen will not be in the UK lineup, but adds Hamburg and Frankfurt to his tour plan, joined by some really cool gigs as well, A Thousand Horses, Kassi Ashton and Filmore. The shows are again presented by Sound of Nashville.
|Tu 10.02.2020||Hamburg, Indra Club|
|We 11.02.2020||Frankfurt, Das Bett|
Not sure if I can make it to the Frankfurt show (there is a trade fair in parallel, leading to monstrous prices for hotels) – but I am definitely very jealous about everyone seeing these four acts. I am sure it will be a great time with a lot of great music – not just due to the super-seller Best shot. Go there and enjoy! 🙂
Similar to Jimmie Allen, Noah Schnacky will be doing some additional gigs in Germany. Powerhouse Abby Anderson and the incredibly talented Tenille Townes will definitely add some great moments to the talented young Schnacky, who is already more than just an upcoming star.
|Tu 10.02.2020||Cologne, Club Volta|
|We 11.02.2020||Munich, Hansa 39|
Midland had a blasting and overwhelming debut album. On the Rocks went second place in the Billboard Country album charts, Drinking Problem was likely the country music summer party song in 2017. Mr Lonely is the leadoff to a 2019 album, which they will feature in Amstedam in December. Surprisingly, they announced two more dates in Germany in March 2020 in October 2019. Due to family problems, the 2019 show in Amsterdam has been moved to 2020.
|We 16.03.2020||Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg||SOLD OUT|
|Tu 17.03.2020||Hamburg, Mojo Club|
|We 18.03.2020||Berlin, Columbia Theater|
I went to Glasgow to see Midland for their last tour in 2018 – and I was not caught that much. Many reviewers shared this feeling with me. Midland has to proof with their new album and the tour that they are not only an excellent studio band, but also good on stage. Hope they will make the Netherlands dance on 10th December.
The Dead South
Bluegrass is something for country music nerds? The Dead South are proving you wrong if you feel so! Their 2016 In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company has been viewed 136 million times on YouTube. Their 2020 tour is one of the most massive ones in the country music scene. Thereby, the Canadians released their first album Good Company in 2014 through a German label. The 2016 long player Illusion and Doubt made it up to #5 in the US Bluegrass Billboard Charts. They are regarded to be a classic touring band.
|Tu 24.03.2020||Utrecht (NL), Tivolie Vredenburg|
|We 25.03.2020||Antwerp (BE), De Roma|
|Fr 27.03.2020||Hamburg, Docks|
|Sa 28.03.2020||Copenhagen (DK), Amager Bio|
|We 01.04.2020||Berlin, Columbiahalle|
|Th 02.04.2020||Hannover, Capitol|
|Fr 03.04.2020||Leipzig, Werk 2|
|Sa 04.04.2020||Prague (CZ), Palac Akropolis|
|So 05.04.2020||Vienna (AT), Gasometer|
|Tu 07.04.2020||Zurich (CH), Volkshaus|
|We 08.04.2020||Munich, Tonhalle|
|Th 09.04.2020||Frankfurt, Batschkapp|
|Sa 11.04.2020||Cologne, E-Werk|
Even if bluegrass is not your favorite country music genre, The Dead South may be worth a try. Their concert reviews are excellent and the number of concerts in this region shows their popularity on stage. I feel it will be a good time for you!
Billy Raffoul is a Los Angeles and Nashville based singer-songwriter. His 2019 tour in Germany was sold out. In April 2020, the rocking and strong voiced Raffoul is coming back for four shows, which are themed A Few More Hours In… Germany. He will likely also promote his debut album with that show which is soon to be released.
|Mo 20.04.2020||Munich, STROM|
|Tu 21.04.2020||Cologne, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld|
|We 22.04.2020||Berlin, Musik & Frieden|
|Th 23.04.2020||Hamburg, KNUST|
A very interesting Nashville artist, who generated a very strong fan base during his last appearances here. To me, it is also good to see that artists like him can also grow in Europe in the German market and not just in the UK. I like the music he is doing, so I absolutely reccomend to see him live on stage.
The Brothers Osborne are definitely another big name in the country music business. They will make it ito a lot of European places and tour Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Germany before they head on to the UK. Both of their studio albums made it to the Top 3 in the US Country charts, their single Stay a Little Longer reached Platinum in 2015. The duo is known for powerful onstage performances, so the shows with them will definitely rock.
|Tu 28.04.2020||Copenhagen (DK), Arnager Bio|
|Sa 02.05.2020||Amsterdam (NL), Paradiso|
|Su 03.05.2020||Tilburg (NL), 13|
|Tu 05.05.2020||Cologne, Kantine|
|We 06.05.2020||Frankfurt, Batschkapp|
|Th 07.05.2020||Munich, Technikum|
|Fr 08.05.2020||Oldenburg, Seaside Country Festival|
Unfortunately, I will be in North America when the Brothers are touring Europe – I am already jealous of anybody who will be able to see these guys. Powerful music, it will be a lot of fun to see them on stage.
The European tour of the two times Grammy nominated country music legend is very special: apart from five UK shows, the 1957-born will play five shows in the Netherlands in May 2020. Already for sure, she will come back in 2021 for a one week Danube River Cruise incepting in Budapest.
|We 06.05.2020||Maastricht (NL), De Muziekgieterij|
|Th 07.05.2020||Arnhem (NL), Luxor Live|
|Fr 08.05.2020||Utrecht (NL), Tivoli Vredenburg|
|Sa 09.05.2020||Groningen (NL), De Oosterpoort|
|Su 10.05.2020||Rotterdam (NL), LantarenVenster|
|Tu 18.05.2021 – Tu 25.05.2021||Danube River Cruise from Budapest (HUN)|
You might be a bit jealous of the Dutch – Gretchen Peters is definitely a country music legend. Interesting that she has such a strong fan base over there. Below is one of her most legendary and decorated songs, Independence Day – but also her new stuff is worth travelling across the border. Unfortunately, I will be in the States during her tour.
Keith Urban is one of the few country musicians who regulary make it to the charts in non-country music countries like Germany (or are we just becoming one?). After he headlined the C2C 2019 in Berlin, he is coming back to Germany for five shows in 2020. Definitely already one of the country music highlights of that year!
|We 20.05.2020||Munich, Zenith|
|Fr 22.05.2020||Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle|
|Sa 23.05.2020||Cologne, Palladium|
|Mo 25.05.2020||Hamburg, Sporthalle|
|Tu 26.05.2020||Berlin, Verti Music Hall|
|Fr 29.05.2020||Copenhagen (DK), Falkoner Salen|
Wow, he promised to come back to Germany during the C2C in Berlin 2019 – and so he does. I saw him four times in 2019 (Philadelphia, Berlin, London, Nashville) and I just promise you you will have an amazing time! Look forward to the tour in 2020 that much!
Another big name of country music is hitting Europe and Germany. Just before he is doing some stops in the UK, Lee Brice will first play the Trucker & Country Festival in Switzerland in late June (where he will play with the Bellamy Brothers and Jessica Lynn), before he is heading on to three tour stops in Germany. Brice is in the business since 2007, has had multiple hits, especially a couple of No.1 in the US Country Airplays.
|Sa 27.06.2020||Interlaken (CH), Trucker & Country Festival|
|Tu 30.06.2020||Berlin, Columbia Theater|
|We 01.07.2020||Hamburg, Gruenspan|
|Th 02.07.2020||Coloigne, Gloria Theater|
Lee Brice coming to Germany is one of the best news for the concert year 2020 for me so far. Brice guarantees an amazing quality of music. One of the best country songs ever in my point of view, I Drive Your Truck, is performed by him as well – I just cannot wait to enjoy it!
Past Concerts / Tours – Covered by Flyctory.com
I decided that I only list the past tours which I featured with flyctory.com to keep this posting shorter. Furthermore, I removed the My View section – you can read my view in the reviews anyway.
Mrs Greenbird is one of the few German acts who already gained reputation. Sarah Nücken and Steffen Brückner deliver very versatile country and folk music interpretations. They are more or less touring Germany all over 2019 with their 2019 album Dark Waters.
|We 30.10.2019||Dresden, Scheune|
|Th 31.10.2019||Leipzig, Moritzbastei|
|Sa 02.11.2019||Hildesheim, Bischofsmühle|
|Su 03.11.2019||Brandenburg, Zickengang Golzow|
|We 06.11.2019||Berlin, Wabe|
|Th 07.11.2019||Frankfurt, Ponyhof||Review|
|Sa 09.11.2019||Gaggenau, Kleine Bühne|
|Th 14.11.2019||Münster, Hot Jazz Club|
|Sa 16.11.2019||Wolfsburg, tbc|
|Su 24.11.2019||Mönchengladbach, Tig Theater|
|Tu 26.11.2019||Unna, Kühlschiff in der Lindenbrauerei|
|We 27.11.2019||Bielefeld, Bunker Ulmenwall|
|Th 28.11.2019||Göttingen, Norgelbuff|
|Fr 06.12.2019||Eckernförde, Carls Eventlocation|
|Sa 07.12.2019||Bremen, Kito|
James Barker Band
The nice Canadian band was one of the fan favorites at the C2C in Berlin. They also did convincing shows at the initial Sound of Nashville shows in March 2019, when I saw them in the Cologne Blue Shell. Now they are back for six tour dates, including a stop in Zurich, Switzerland. They will be supported by a young Texas artist, Julia Cole
|Fr 15.11.2019||Munich, Backstage Club|
|Sa 16.11.2019||Hamburg, Nochtspeicher|
|Su 17.11.2019||Cologne, Helios 37|
|Mo 18.11.2019||Berlin, Musik & Frieden|
|Tu 19.11.2019||Frankfurt, Das Bett|
|We 20.11.2019||Zurich (CH), Komplex 457||Report|
As part of the “Country Music Week” (which will last a bit longer than just a week…), Sound of Nashville brings Logan Mize to five shows in Germany. It will be the second time he is playing on German soil after he played Sound of Nashville shows in March 2019 between the Country 2 Country 2019 Festivals in Berlin and London.
|Sa 26.10.2019||Cologne, Club Volta||Review|
|Su 27.10.2019||Frankfurt, Das Bett|
|Mo 28.10.2019||Berlin, Musik & Frieden|
|Di 29.10.2019||Munich, Feierwerk|
|Th 31.10.2019||Hamburg, Nochtspeicher|
Scotty McCreery (Support: Temecula Road, Tebey)
While in Germany, many casting show winners have moderate success, winning shows like American Idol gives you a lasting boost in your musical career. Scotty McCreery won the tenth season of that TV format in May 2011. His first album, which he realeased some five months after that success, already reached Platinum status. Apart from his 2012 Christmas with Scotty McCreery (which places 2nd), all his four albums topped the US Country album charts, including his latest, the 2018 Seasons Change. On the singles side, his two latest releases, Five More Minutes and This is It each topped the US Country Airplay. This Is It is still a massive airplay song in the States, as I could experience during my two latest longer trips, my road trip towards the CMA Fest 2019 and my trip following Weird Al Yankovic on tour.
|We 23.10.2019||Berlin, Privatclub|
|Th 24.10.2019||Cologne, Helios 37||Review|
It is hard to believe that acts like Old Dominion or Scotty McCreery really make it to Germany – and just add my home country to the “ordinary” UK concerts on their European schedule. The UK shows have been sold out in seconds – and there is a good reason for it: This Is It may be the most prominent song of McCreery, but I am sure that there will be an amazing time in Berlin and Cologne for this show. Congrats, Sound of Nashville – fantastic pick!
Originally, Sound of Nashville intended to bring Sarah Darling, Kenny Foster and Twinnie to a songwriters round for four dates to Germany. Twinnie had to withdraw due to the massive chance to support Kiefer Sutherland and was replaced by Robert Counts. There will be still two Flyctory.com Featured Artists on stage in parallel, I saw them together with Twinnie and Jenn Bostic at the legendary Listening Room in Nashville, right before the CMA Fest and had a blast of an evening.
|Sa 12.10.2019||Cologne, Helios 37|
|Su 13.10.2019||Frankfurt, Das Bett||Review|
|Mo 14.10.2019||Hamburg, Nochtspeicher|
|Tu 15.10.2019||Berlin, Musik & Frieden|
I don’t know too much about Robert Counts, but Sarah Darling and Kenny Foster will be amazing already. Sarah was the angel and the sunshine of the recent British Country Festival in Blackpool and dominated Day 1 on stage. It will definitely be worth going to these rounds!
Austin Jenckes, Jillian Jacqueline, Lauren Jenkins
As Austin Jenckes is unavailable on the first tour date at YUCA Club in Cologne, this small Sound of Nashville Tour of three artists is having a bit of an odd calendar. He will be supported by Jilian Jacqueline and Lauren Jenkins, who I both already saw live on stage. Jacqueline will be the headliner of the tour. Her biggest success was a duet with Keith Urban, but also her other songs had decent clicks. I love Lauren Jenkins and her music, her debut album No Saint received a well-deserved Top Pick! review on Flyctory.com.
|Mo 09.09.2019||Cologne, YUCA Club||w/o Jenckes|
|Tu 10.09.2019||Berlin, Franzz|
|We 11.09.2019||Munich, Backstage|
|Th 12.09.2019||Hamburg, Indra Club 69|
|Fr 13.09.2019||Cologne, Luxor||Jenckes only|
|Mo 16.09.2019||Amsterdam, Q-Factory||w/o Jacqueline|
Keifer and Shawna Thompson will visit Germany and the Netherlands for four concerts in early September. The married couple plays rather small clubs here, but they had quite significant success in North America already. Are you gonna kiss me or not has a stunning number of 25 million hits at YouTube and topped the US Country Charts. Their first two albums, Thompson Square and Just feels good came quite close to the top of the Billboard Country Album charts. Their 2018 album Masterpiece was, however, not that successful.
|Mo 02.09.2019||Amsterdam (NL), Q-Factory|
|Tu 03.09.2019||Hamburg, Nachtspeicher|
|We 04.09.2019||Berlin, PrivatClub|
|Th 05.09.2019||Cologne, Blue Shell||Review|
Eric Paslay (Support: Cash Campbell, Lainey Wilson)
Eric Paslay’s Friday Night is one of the first songs which raised my interest into country music. The show curently has 14 million views on YouTube, She don’t love you has even been played there 20 milion times. These figures show: Eric Paslay is a big name and brings some hits to Germany. His supports are Cash Campbell and Lainey Wilson.
|Th 29.08.2019||Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg|
|Fr 30.08.2019||Hamburg, Knust|
|Sa 31.08.2019||Cologne, Luxor|
|Mo 02.09.2019||Berlin, Lido|
|Tu 04.09.2019||Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal||Review|
|We 04.09.2019||Munich, Hansa 39|
Wade Bowen (Support: Jamie Freeman)
Eleven albums published since 2002 – Wade Bowen is definitely not a newbie to the genre. The Texas Country artitsts had a couple of Top 10 country album chart entries and is beloved by the critics. After he already announced his first German concerts earlier, he will be in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Cologne for four shows. His support, Jamie Freeman, just released his debut album Dreams about falling in May 2019.
|Sa 03.08.2019||Hamburg, Nochtwache|
|Su 04.08.2019||Berlin, Privatclub|
|Mo 05.08.2019||Munich, Folks! Club|
|Di 06.08.2019||Cologne, Blue Shell||Review|
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Featured picture: Brett Eldgredge (cut), original by Michele Laurita