Review: Nashville Meets London - July 2018

Review by Amy Deller

The Nashville Meets London Festival at Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park included talent from both the UK and America – giving Londoners a taste of Tennessee. And best of all – it was totally free.

Saturday’s line-up included Jade Helliwell, The Adelaides, Keywest and Frankie Davies – all emerging artists on the country music scene, who impressed the huge audience of country fans enjoying the festival's second year of existence in the blazing sun. Frankie Davies specifically stood out as a powerful female artist – my personal favourite number of hers being a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain.

As the evening proceeded, Sam Palladio – actor and singer - most commonly known as Gunnar Scott on the hit TV series Nashville took to the stage. Palladio played some original tracks from his upcoming record, which had a compelling electric tone to them – giving them a distinguishable edge. He also performed a few hits from the Nashville series – a fitting sentiment following the ending of the show just the day before the festival.

The evening’s headliner was 18 year old Dylan Schnieder, who had flown in from the USA for his first international show. The performance included a broad range of material, including tracks from Schnieder’s EP’s, an acoustic set and covers of Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. The crowds were going wild beneath the city lights, where it almost felt as if you could have been in the heart of Nashville itself. Considering that the festivals’ 2017 headliner was ACM Award New Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Russell Dickerson, Schnieder is most definitely one to watch.