LOCAL NEWCASTLE & HUNTER REGION STARS ANNOUNCED!
The already star-studded lineup for CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 has just expanded with the addition of four stellar artists who hail from the Hunter Valley region - Catherine Britt, McAlister Kemp, Morgan Evans and Kirsty Akers.
Catherine Britt has come a long way since Elton John discovered her as a traditionalist teenage prodigy. After a six years living and recording in Nashville, Catherine returned to Australia to be crowned Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Golden Guitar Awards. She has continued to blaze her own path as one of our most dynamic and poetic singer-songwriters. She recently returned to the US to perform a special showcase at the Americana Music Festival.
McAlister Kemp were named CMC New Oz Artist at this year’s CMC Rocks the Hunter, but were unable to accept the award as the rowdy duo were on the road, opening for country icon, Alan Jackson. Just another milestone in the career of the reigning Golden Guitar New Artist of the Year, who are readying the follow-up to their hit debut album, “All Kinds of Tough”, for release soon.
Morgan Evans spent his teenage years fronting a Newcastle rock trio, before incorporating his love of country music as well to his contemporary sound. The singer-songwriter’s debut single, “Big Skies”, went to #1 on radio and the CMC National Video Chart and he quickly built a devoted fanbase. His energetic on-stage charisma led to tours with US superstars, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn and Gary Allan. Morgan’s new EP is set for release in coming months, with his self-penned track, “Live Each Day”, as the new single.
Kirsty Akers makes music that owes as much to Mumford and Sons as it does the traditional sounds of Dolly Parton. The singer-songwriter began her professional career at age 17 and has gone on to become an acclaimed performer and Golden Guitar winner. Kirsty’s local roots are deep - she’s a descendant of the Wanaruah people, who have lived in the Hunter Valley region for centuries.
Now in its fifth year, the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival has established itself as the biggest International Country & Roots Festival outside of North America. One of the premiere events on the Australian music calendar, it brings together the best international and local country and roots performers in the beautiful surrounds of the *Hope Estate.
“The Hunter Valley region isn’t just a gorgeous location for the festival, it’s home to a number of hugely talented singer-songwriters and musicians,” said festival co-promoter, Rob Potts. “It’s great for us to be able to feature some world-class performers in their own backyard.”
In a first for 2012, the promoters have announced the addition of a main stage program on Friday 16 March from 4pm-11pm. The festival will continue through Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March, when US headliners, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, will close the proceedings.
Artists announced for 3 days of CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 are - TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL (US), Dierks Bentley (US), Lee Kernaghan, Eli Young Band (US), Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses, James Blundell, Craig Campbell (US), Jim Lauderdale (US), Colt Ford (US), Steve Forde, Shane Nicholson, Jedd Hughes (US), Felicity Urquhart, Pete Denahy, Buddy Goode, Jetty Road and Jayne Denham.
The four local area artists are also now included - Catherine Britt, McAlister Kemp, Morgan Evans and Kirsty Akers - with more artists still to be announced.
The festival will once again be hosted by GAC television personality, Storme Warren (US), from Headline Country. Storme will be joined by co-hosts, Darren Carr and Mike Carr.
For the first time in the festival’s history, organizers have introduced a Time to Pay Option, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response and take-up from fans. However, this option is only available until Tuesday 15 November, where tickets can be ordered immediately, with payments spread over several months. After this date, tickets must be purchased with one single payment.
For tickets, camping, travel and accommodation details go to www.cmcrocks.com.au
CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER 2012
FRI 16 - SAT 17 - SUN 18 MARCH
3 Day Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $249
3 Day Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $125
Friday /Saturday only Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $159
Friday/Saturday only Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $80
Sunday only Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $159
Sunday only Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $80
Free admission to children under 4 years & accompanied by an adult.
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