CMC, in conjunction with Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Chugg Entertainment and Foxtel Networks, is thrilled to announce that high-octane country-rocker JACK INGRAM (USA) and emerging country/rock trio THE FARM (USA) will complete the huge international lineup for CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013.
Local stars, CADD + MORRIS, TRAVIS LIST, 8 BALL AITKEN, BAYLOU, TORI DARKE and HARRY HOOKEY will also add more heat to the already stellar lineup for the three-day festival, held at the beautiful Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley (NSW), over the weekend of Fri 15-Sun 17 March, 2013.
JACK INGRAM (USA) cut his teeth in the Texas red-dirt country scene, building a reputation as a killer live performer whose on-stage charisma could transfix any crowd. He’s channelled that charisma into his recording career, yielding hits like the summer anthem ‘Barefoot and Crazy’ and the rowdy ‘Love You’. He blew the crowds away on his previous trips down under and he promises to tear the proverbial roof off the Hunter once again this March.
Coming to Australia for the first time ever are THE FARM (USA), the trio who have been turning heads around Nashville since they burst onto the scene in 2011 with their breakout hit ‘Home Sweet Home’. With their tight, stunning harmonies and blend of influences from traditional country to alt rock to RnB, The Farm have a unique sound and undeniable chemistry that makes them one of the most exciting new acts to come out of Nashville in recent years.
CADD & MORRIS is the coming together of two Aussie rock legends. Brian Cadd and Russell Morris have been making musical magic since the late 60s, Cadd as part of The Twilights, Axiom and The Groop and both as solo hit makers whose success has spanned decades. Classics like ‘Hush’, ‘Little Ray of Sunshine’, ‘The Real Thing’ and ‘Let Go’ have defined a generation and the two friends and long-time collaborators have finally come together to release their first studio album as a duo.
2013 will also see a brand new addition to the festival – THE SONGWRITER SHOWS, which will present local and international hit songwriters, performing and telling the stories behind their famous songs. The shows will be anchored by DAVID LEE MURPHY (USA), the man behind countless hits of his own and those of Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Gary Allan and many more.
“We try every year to add something new to the festival,” says promoter Rob Potts. “We’re really excited this year to be able to add the legendary Nashville-style songwriters show featuring some of the big name US acts that are performing on the main stage in a close, intimate environment.”
Returning as main stage host this year is STORME WARREN (USA). The Nashville-based TV and radio host, seen around the USA and Australia fronting his TV show Headline Country, will make his fifth trip to Oz to host. He will share MC duties with other returning favourites MIKE CARR and DARREN CARR.
The now complete lineup for the festival features:
RASCAL FLATTS (USA), BIG & RICH (USA), BILLY RAY CYRUS (USA), CHRIS YOUNG (USA), THE BAND PERRY (USA), LOVE AND THEFT (USA), JACK INGRAM (USA), CORB LUND AND THE HURTIN’ ALBERTANS (CAN), DAVID LEE MURPHY (USA), DEAN BRODY (CAN), ADAM BRAND, ADAM HARVEY, JASMINE RAE, BUDDY GOODE, CATHERINE BRITT, CADD & MORRIS, THE FARM (USA), THE LE GARDE TWINS, THE BLUEGRASS ALL-STARS, MORGAN EVANS, DOUG BRUCE AND THE TAILGATERS, AMBER LAWRENCE, PETER McWHIRTER, TRAVIS LIST, 8 BALL AITKEN, THE WOLFE BROTHERS, PAUL GREENE, JACKIE BRISTOW (NZ), CHELSEA BASHAM, BAYLOU, TORI DARKE, BOB CORBETT, MARK WELLS, HARRY HOOKEY, KAYLENS RAIN, AARON JURY (NZ), CRAIG MORRISON.
Now in its sixth year, the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival has established itself as the biggest International Country & Roots Festival outside of North America. The festival draws fans from all states and territories in Australia and overseas. One of the premiere events on the Australian music calendar, it brings together the best international and local country and roots performers at Hope Estate in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
The main stage program on Friday 15 March will run from 2pm to 11pm. The festival will continue through Saturday and Sunday, when USA superstars, RASCAL FLATTS, will close the proceedings.
Once again, camping will be available on site at Hope Estate. The late-night Camper’s Bar will be back in action again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, following the conclusion of the main stage program each night.
For tickets, camping, travel and accommodation details go to – cmcrocks.com.au
CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER 2013
FRI 15 MARCH – SAT 16 MARCH – SUN 17 MARCH
3 Day Ticket – Adult (15 and above) $259
3 Day Ticket – Child (Ages 4 to 14) $124
Friday /Saturday only Ticket – Adult (15 and above) $159
Friday/Saturday only Ticket – Child (Ages 4 to 14) $79
Sunday only Ticket – Adult (15 and above) $159
Sunday only Ticket – Child (Ages 4 to 14) $79
Free admission to children under 4 years & accompanied by an adult.
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