In a major coup, organisers have announced today that Jason Aldean, one of the biggest superstar acts in American music, will headline CMC Rocks QLD 2016 on March 11, 12 and 13. The reigning ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year and a four-time Grammy nominee, Aldean has racked up six Platinum albums and 16 #1 singles on the way to becoming the top digital male country artist in history. Aldean was the first male country act of his generation to start headlining stadiums and routinely sells out the biggest venues in the USA. This will be Aldean’s first ever visit to Australia.
Also making their first trip down under, Florida Georgia Line are the current ACM and CMA Duo of the Year. FGL are the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (with their crossover hit “Cruise” ft. Nelly) and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide from their 2X Platinum debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” and follow up “Anything Goes”.
“I Don’t Dance” hitmaker Lee Brice (USA) will return to the festival, after blowing crowds away with his debut performance this March. His Friday night main stage performance quickly became known as one of the greatest sets in the history of the festival.
The 2016 lineup features more international artists than any other year, with 18 overseas performers set to rock the site at Willowbank, near Ipswich. The list includes many of the artists whose hits are currently dominating Country Music, including Brantley Gilbert (USA), Kip Moore (USA), Tyler Farr (USA), Blackjack Billy (USA), Kelsea Ballerini (USA), Chase Rice (USA), The Cadillac Three (USA), The Road Hammers (Can), Tim Hicks (Can), CAM (USA) and Drake White and the Big Fire (USA). The festival will be the exclusive Queensland performances for all international artists.
“This is the biggest international lineup we’ve ever had,” said promoter Rob Potts. “If you put our list of artists next to the Billboard Country Chart you’d see a lot of names in common, and we expect them to take more songs to the Top Ten between now and the festival. There’ll be stacks of hits, older and brand new, coming off that stage in March!”
“Having Jason Aldean or Florida Georgia Line would be massive, but both of them on one festival is going to be unbelievable,” said promoter Matthew Lazarus-Hall, CEO Chugg Entertainment. “With this lineup of international stars, plus some of the best acts in Australian country, this is going to be a totally unforgettable three days”.
Playing alongside performers from the USA and Canada will be some of the hottest local and NZ stars, including Morgan Evans, The Sunny Cowgirls, Adam Eckersley Band, Travis Collins, Buddy Goode, Jody Direen (NZ), Cam Scott (NZ), Kaylee Bell (NZ), Melanie Dyer, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Deep Creek Road.
American band The Hillbenders will perform their bluegrass version of The Who’s classic rock opera ‘Tommy’, which has been receiving rave reviews on tour in the US, including a personal endorsement by Who legend Pete Townshend. This show has to be seen to be believed.
In a first for CMC Rocks QLD, the ticket allocation for the Members Loyalty Offer was sold out in a day and a half. With unprecedented demand for tickets, prior to any artists being announced for the event, indications are that attendance with be much higher for the second year at the Willowbank near Ipswich site.
Campers at the festival will also see the return of the celebrated late night Campers Bar, this year featuring an international artist each night. For all festivalgoers, the bar will host an extended daytime program. The hugely popular Songwriters Shows will return, along with a morning bluegrass set from The Hillbenders and late afternoon live band karaoke.
Returning for 2016 will be longtime host Storme Warren (USA), TV personality and host of one of the most popular country radio shows in North America, ‘Mornings with Storme Warren’ on The Highway. Joining him will be regular co-hosts Mike Carr & Darren Carr, both multi-award-winning entertainers.
Now in its ninth year of operation, CMC Rocks has established itself as the biggest country and roots music event in the southern hemisphere. Artist lineups have included some of the all time superstars of the country genre, including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Gary Allan and many more.
CMC Rocks QLD 2016 will be held on Fri March 11 - Sun March 13, over three days and nights, at Willowbank near Ipswich. Located within a one hour drive from Brisbane and Gold Coast domestic and international airports, the site allows for fantastic camping and glamping and a variety of travel options for festival goers as well as added accommodation options within a multitude of price categories to suit all budgets.
The popular Time to Pay ticket option will return for 2016, which allows patrons to secure tickets and pay them off in several easy installments.
The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support CMC Rocks QLD as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in spectacular destinations.
Festival tickets on sale Monday 17 August, 9am (AEST)
CMC Rocks QLD 2016
Friday 11 March, Saturday 12 March, Sunday 13 March, 2016
Festival Ticket Prices
3 Day Adult: $279
3 Day Junior: $134
2 Day - Friday & Saturday - Adult: $169
2 Day - Friday & Saturday - Junior: $79
1 Day - Sunday - Adult: $169
1 Day - Sunday - Junior: $79
Camping Ticket Prices
Small site - 2 person: $180
Medium site - 4 person: $360
Medium site (with power) - 4 person: $385
Large site (with power) - 6 person: $500
CMC Glamping Prices
Small tent only - 2 person: $280
Small tent with extras* - 2 person: $370
Medium tent only - 4 person: $470
Medium tent with extras* - 4 person: $660
*Small Extras include: 2 x stretcher beds or 1 x double bed, 2 x camp mats, LED lantern
*Medium Extras include: 4 x stretcher beds or 2 x double beds, 2 x camp mats, LED lantern
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