Miranda Lambert admits to being nervous as she returns to London for Country To Country

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert admitted she was “really nervous” as she returned to the London stage for the first time in seven years.

he singer, who was named artist of the year at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards earlier this week, headlined the first night of the Country To Country festival at the O2 Arena.

The event is back for the first time since 2019 after two consecutive cancellations due to the pandemic.

Dressed in a red top with rainbow tassels, a cut-out denim skirt and sequined blue cowboy boots, she opened her 90-minute set with the song White Trash from her album Wildcard .

Addressing the crowd, she said: “I’ve missed you so much. If you don’t understand me, I’ll try to hold back.

“I haven’t been here for seven years. I’m so glad to be here, it’s badass.

Introducing her latest single If I Was A Cowboy, she said, “I haven’t done a new song on stage in three and a half years.”

Lambert also treated the crowd to hits such as Settling Down, Bluebird and The House That Built Me.

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Ahead of the song Acting Up, she said, “I was really nervous coming here”, before considering performing the track at her first show in her hometown after a long absence from the stage due to Covid, when she hasn’t played a show for 380 days.

Lambert closed out his set with a string of crowd-pleasing hits including Automatic, Tequila, Gunpowder and Lead, Mama’s Broken Heart and Little Red Wagon before finishing with Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).

Country To Country will return to the O2 on Saturday when Darius Rucker will headline, followed by Luke Combs on Sunday.

The festival also takes place at Glasgow Ovo Hydro and 3Arena in Dublin.

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