2018 Country to Country Festival: 10 Best Things We Saw in the U.K.

From Sugarland's big reunion show to Kacey Musgraves disco party, the London highlights of the international country music fest

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After a five-year hiatus, country's musically progressive duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush apeared on a Dublin stage for their first full concert since reuniting in November. A night later in London, they did it all over again. One of the most highly-anticipated shows of the weekend, the performance launched what will become the full-blown Sugarland Still the Same 2018 Tour. Kicking off with the aptly-named "Find the Beat Again," they exuded a force that didn't let up until the curtain closed. Nettles' vocals were electrifying, full of energy and pure joy that could be felt throughout the crowd. Bush, who played guitar and mandolin, revealed that he had held his first solo gig at the O2, making it a doubly special occasion. "All I Want to Do," "Stuck Like Glue" and "Already Gone" were early highlights, with new single "Still the Same" capturing the dynamic quality of Sugarland's past hits. They also touched on solo tracks, from Bush's marvelous "Trailer Hitch" to Nettles' stunning "Unlove You." Closing with the Simple Minds' cover "Alive and Kicking," Sugarland received a standing ovation. Welcome back.

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