Everything you need to know about BBC Radio 2 Country

It’s time to dust off those cowboy boots and tune up the old six-string, because BBC Radio 2 Country is back in 2017! Here’s everything you need to know about the digital pop-up station.

What is Radio 2 Country?

Bringing a bit of Nashville to the BBC, Radio 2 Country is a four-day temporary pop up digital only radio service running from midday on Thursday 9th March to midnight on Sunday 12th March. On top of broadcasting three days of live coverage from the C2C: Country to Country Festival in London’s O2 Arena, the station will feature a great selection of specially commissioned programmes and special guest presenters from the country music scene.  

What can I expect to hear?

Centred around the C2C event at the O2, BBC’S pop-up service will bring you live music from all twelve acts performing on the festival’s main stage. And boy, you are in for a treat! This year’s line-up features the hottest names in country music, with headliners Reba McEntire, platinum-selling Brad Paisley (above) and the trailblazing Zac Brown Band. Also on the bill are Maren Morris, Marty Stuart, Chris Young, Jennifer Nettles, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Darius Rucker, Dan & Shay and Hunter Hayes.

You can also expect behind the scenes access to the festival, including exclusive interviews with the performers.

Away from the festival, Radio 2 Country has a packed schedule of special programmes, guest-presenters and brand new and archived documentaries. All of this, plus a huge supply of the finest country music from all over the world. Click here to check out the station’s full timetable.

Speaking of great country music, head over to our list of the genre's greatest ever songs by clicking here. It's a no-brainer!

Here’s our highlights from the schedule:

The Shires’ Country playlist – Globally renowned UK duo Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle (above) present their favourite country tracks.

Trevor Nelson’s Country Soul – A show exploring the surprising links between country music and RnB, reggae and soul.

Alison Krauss: Bluegrass and Beyond – The 27-time Grammy winner chooses her most loved country tunes.

How can I tune in?

To listen to Radio 2 Country you may need to re-tune your Pure DAB radio (after 1pm from Wednesday 8 March). This can be done by either pressing a re-tune or auto-tune button or by going in to the menu and selecting scan, re-tune or auto-tune.

BBC Radio 2 Country should then appear between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3 on the station list.

Not sure if you can get coverage where you live? The BBC’s national digital radio service reaches 97% of the UK population and you can check coverage by entering your postcode here.


To keep up with all the latest updates, be sure to follow both BBC Radio 2 Country and Pure on social media:

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