Record numbers will this year attend the largest Country and Roots Festival in the Southern Hemisphere, with event organisers today announcing that CMC Rocks QLD has completely sold out for the second consecutive year.
In its 10th Anniversary year, the festival will host more than 15,000 music lovers across three huge days at Willowbank, with headline performances from global superstars the Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town, Kip Moore and local stars Lee Kernaghan and Morgan Evans. With expanded camping areas, an extended campers entertainment program, and more of the best food and beverage suppliers, CMC Rocks QLD has been able to increase capacity by around 2,000, up from last year’s 13,000 maximum capacity crowd, remaining the only country music festival to ever sell out in Australia.
“It is very exciting to see the growth of Country Music around the world, and for us to have an event in Australia that truly reflects this with chart topping artists from USA, UK, Canada, NZ and Australia all performing at this year’s 10th Anniversary CMC Rocks QLD Festival”, said promoter Rob Potts.
“Aussie country music fans from each State and Territory will we joined by visiting country fans from around the world; North America, UK, Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand and more, as they all come together to celebrate the best of country music at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest international country and roots festival. Sold out for the second year in a row, Chuggi and I look forward to presenting and evolving the next ten years of CMC Rocks!”
Foxtel Arts & Music Channels Manager, Fraser Stark said, “Foxtel and CMC (Country Music Channel), congratulates Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Chugg Entertainment in securing an extraordinary line up of local and international country music artists which sees the festival go from strength to strength.
We are proud of our strong partnership with CMC Rocks as it heads into its tenth successful year with Foxtel’s 7th Annual CMC Music Awards pre-empting the festival. It is a relationship with a long standing commitment and tremendous vision to broaden this genre of music in Australia and bring the best of country music to both these live events as well as on Foxtel screens”.
Music lovers will turn out in force this month to watch some of the biggest names in country music hit the stage at CMC Rocks QLD, and with sixteen international acts playing alongside a plethora of established and up-and-coming local artists, 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet!
Two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town will bust out their hit-laden repertoire including the smash hit ‘Better Man’, currently the most-played song in country music and penned by none other than Taylor Swift. With a brand new album ‘The Breaker’ released last week, Little Big Town are ready to unleash on Australian audiences on their debut tour Down Under.
Returning to Australia for the first time in over ten years are the Dixie Chicks; without doubt one of the biggest US female bands of all time. With thirteen Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, countless Country Music Association Awards and record sales in excess of 30 million under their belt, Dixie Chicks will close the festival with an anticipated set.
With less than three weeks to go until CMC Rocks QLD descends on Willowbank, the festival once again delivers a spectacular lineup for its 10th Anniversary celebrations, showcasing some of the hottest acts currently sitting atop the US, UK and Australian charts.
Joining Dixie Chicks (USA), Little Big Town (USA), Kip Moore (USA) and Lee Kernaghan (Australia) on 2017’s A-List international roster are Tyler Farr (USA), Craig Campbell (USA), Charles Esten (USA), Michael Ray (USA), Eric Paslay (USA), Granger Smith (USA), Drew Baldridge (USA), The Shires (UK), Ward Thomas (UK), Gord Bamford (Canada), Chris DeStefano (USA) and Brett James (USA).
Local legends and rising stars round out the lineup; Morgan Evans, Adam Harvey, The McClymonts, The Wolfe Brothers, Jasmine Rae, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Brothers 3, Christie Lamb, Col Finley, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, Deep Creek Road, Imogen Clark, Kayla Mahon (NZ), Kaylens Rain, Mustered Courage and Viper Creek Band.
Over the past ten years, CMC Rocks has successfully paired some of the most exciting international acts with Australian country artists across the biggest and best country and roots bills ever seen. From the inaugural CMC Rocks The Snowys 2008, which was held at Thredbo’s Friday Flat, through the festival’s various incarnations at the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate, Townsville’s Reid Park and now Willowbank in Ipswich, CMC Rocks has continued to entertain and excite the growing legions of country music fans in Australia with a unique music and lifestyle offering.
Since 2008, the festival has played host to international icons like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line along with local stars including Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, Morgan Evans and more.
The 7th Annual CMC Music Awards will precede the festival on the evening of Thursday 23 March. Taking place at The Star Gold Coast, the Awards will be hosted once again by Morgan Evans, and will feature a star-studded lineup with performances from Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts, Travis Collins and more.
Tickets are available for purchase at ticketek.com.au.
If you’re unable to make it, don’t fret; the CMC Awards will be broadcast LIVE on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel from 8:30pm AEDT.
For the tenth year running, CMC will televise CMC Rocks festival highlights, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes action.
The Queensland Government is proud to support CMC Rocks QLD through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations.