Grammy-winning US trio Lady Antebellum will headline the CMC Rocks Queensland in Ipswich next year.
Grammy-winning US trio Lady Antebellum will headline the CMC Rocks Queensland in Ipswich next year.

Organisers finally reveal line-up for CMC music festival

SINCE it was announced that the CMC music festival - the biggest international country music festival in the southern hemisphere - was moving to Ipswich, fans have been left to guess which bands might be on next year's ticket.

So far, appetites have been whetted with the promise of Aussie country music superstar Troy Cassar-Daley and Grammy-winning US trio Lady Antebellum.

But now the speculation can finally end with organisers unveiling the line-up for the highly anticipated music event.

With three days of revelry to cover, the CMC Rocks Queensland has gone all-out in securing its impressive spectrum of artists.

Country fans will be well served with international acts, including the US super duo Big & Rich, Grammy-nominated Chris Young and Kristian Bush from band Sugarland.

The three acts will be making their first and only Queensland performances when they perform at the festival between March 13-15.

Fellow US stars Lee Brice, Laura Bell Bundy, Maddie & Tae, Charlie Worsham, Jeffrey Steele, Chase Bryant, Ryan Kinder, Wylie, The Wild West and UK band McKay will round out the international roll call of artists.

Festival organiser Rob Potts said the forthcoming CMC music festival had one of the most contemporary line-ups to date.

"Artists like Chris Young and Lee Brice have been riding high at the top of the US charts for the past few years and represent the cream of today's country crop," he said. "There are going to be a lot of hits played during the festival's run."

The event will also showcase a wide array of home-grown artists with award winners John Williamson, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Catherine Britt, The Wolfe Brothers and many more.

US television personality Storme Warren will return as festival MC, along with local brothers Mike and Darren Carr.

The festival, formerly known as CMC Rocks the Hunter - outgrew its original stomping ground in the Hunter Valley.

To accommodate larger festival numbers, it was relocated to the expandable Willowbank Raceway site.

The event, now in its eighth year, is expected to attract crowds of more than 10,000 people each day.

Festival tickets are on sale this Friday from 9am and can be purchased at

The line-up

  • Lady Antebellum (US)
  • Troy Cassar-Daley
  • Big & Rich (US)
  • Chris Young (US)
  • Kristian Bush (US)
  • Lee Brice (US)
  • Laura Bell Bundy (US)
  • Maddie & Tae (US)
  • Charlie Worsham (US)
  • Jeffrey Steele (US)
  • Chase Bryant (US)
  • Ryan Kinder (US)
  • Wylie and the Wild West (US)
  • McKay (UK)
  • Adam Brand
  • Adam Harvey
  • Catherine Britt
  • The Wolfe Brothers
  • Amber Lawrence
  • The Danglin' Bros
  • Adam Eckersley Band
  • The Viper Creek Band
  • Doug Bruce
  • Harmony James
  • Cameron Scott (NZ)
  • Cameron Luxton (NZ)
  • Jody Direen (NZ)
  • Jared Porter
  • Col Finley
  • Seleen McAlister
  • Dozzi
  • Victoria Avenue
  • Livi Robins
  • Karrie Hayward
  • Shanon Watkins
  • Mick Lindsay Band