TROY KEMP – JODY DIREEN (NZ) – CHRISTIE LAMB – KAYLEE BELL (NZ) MELANIE DYER – MISSY LANCASTER – BAYLOU – MUSTERED COURAGE
THE VIPER CREEK BAND – JAYNE DENHAM – CASEY BARNES
ROUTE 33 – RACHAEL FAHIM
Australia’s premiere country and roots festival, CMC ROCKS QLD, today reveals an epic artist lineup for it’s 2018 event, which is set to return to Willowbank, Ipswich from Thursday 15* – Sunday 18 March.
The most anticipated event on the country music calendar, and following this year’s phenomenal sell-out 10th Anniversary event, CMC Rocks once again delivers a second-to-none line-up jam-packed with the biggest and best local and international artists the genre has to offer.
Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and country music megastar LUKE BRYAN leads the charge, making his Australian debut at CMC Rocks QLD 2018 to overwhelming demand. He’s sold over 10 million albums, 40 million tracks worldwide and has chalked up 3 billion streams, and with current single ‘Light It Up’ currently making waves at country radio worldwide, Luke is a bonafide superstar. Luke has just been confirmed as a judge on the new season of ABC’s American Idol, he performed the US National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl and consistently sells out stadiums across the US, from Chicago’s Soldier Field to Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, performing to over 5.6 million fans over the last three years. Known for his explosive live performances, Willowbank better prepare to see Luke blow up the CMC Rocks Main Stage next year!
Multiple Grammy Award-winner, DARIUS RUCKER, will land in Willowbank for his first ever-Australian performance at CMC Rocks QLD 2018. With eight #1 Billboard Country Singles under his belt, including ‘Homegrown Honey’, co-written with label-mate Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), and ‘If I Told You’, the lead single from his forthcoming fifth studio album out October 20, Rucker (former lead singer with Hootie & The Blowfish) will have some fresh new cuts to unleash on CMC Rocks audiences when he lands down under in March.
Country’s hottest female artist KELSEA BALLERINI returns to the CMC Rocks stage a fully fledged star, last year creating history as the first ever female artist to achieve three consecutive #1 US Billboard hits with ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Dibs’. Since then, she has sold out two national headline tours across North America as well as her own headline shows in the UK, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, supported the likes of Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood, and has performed live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With a brand new album Unapologetically due for release next month, Kelsea is one of the most exciting artists on the world music stage.
Fresh from supporting Sir Elton John on his recent Australian dates, Rockhampton duo BUSBY MAROU are well-versed on the live stage and are one of Australia’s best-loved roots acts, making their CMC festival debut in 2010. Cutting their teeth gigging around QLD before nabbing support slots for Dolly Parton and James Blunt, they now have an APRA Award for Blues & Roots Work of the Year, and an ARIA chart-topping album, Postcards from The Shell House, to their name.
Joining Luke Bryan (USA), Darius Rucker (USA), Kelsea Ballerini (USA) and Busby Marou on the A List line-up for 2018 are Dustin Lynch (USA) and Randy Houser (USA), who have both opened for Luke Bryan across North America, along with Old Dominion (USA), Dan + Shay (USA), Dean Brody (CAN), Brett Young (USA), Brothers Osborne (USA), Luke Combs (USA), Gord Bamford (CAN), Steve Forde, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Russell Dickerson (USA), Ryan Follese (USA), Davisson Brothers Band (USA) and High Valley (CAN).
A dazzlling array of local favourites and rising stars join the fold, from Troy Kemp, Jody Direen (NZ), Christie Lamb, Kaylee Bell (NZ), Melanie Dyer, Missy Lancaster, Baylou, Mustered Courage, The Viper Creek Band, Jayne Denham, Casey Barnes, Route 33 and Rachael Fahim.
CMC Rocks will be the only chance for Queenslanders to catch these sensational international artists live in action in 2018!
CMC Rocks QLD returns with an extended festival program due to overwhelming demand and exclusively for campers in 2018, with the Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon hosting live music from 1pm on Thursday 15 March right through to 2am the next morning. On Friday 16 March, performers will kick off at 10:15am with gates opening at 9:15am, providing more live music action than ever before!
With huge demand for on-site camping each year, event organisers have secured an additional paddock ** for 2018.
Completely selling out for the past two consecutive years, the festival attracts crowds of more than 15,000 music lovers daily, coming from as far as North America, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, Austria and a big contingent from New Zealand, injecting more than $6.1 million into the local Ipswich economy.
The southern hemisphere’s biggest country and roots event, CMC Rocks has over the years hosted world-class sets from international music icons like Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson to Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks and Little Big Town. Complemented each year by an array of Australia’s most prolific stars and exciting up-and-comers, including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Morgan Evans, Caitlyn Shadbolt and more, CMC Rocks never fails to deliver the very best of country music to local music fans.
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.
2018 is sure to pack a punch for CMC Rocks festival-goers, showcasing the best that country and roots music has to offer, in a unique second-to-none festival setting. Tickets are sure to go fast, so don’t delay – Make sure you get your tickets as soon as they go on sale to the general public at 9am AEST QLD (10am AEDT) on Monday 9th October.
*Campers entrance only
**Subject to DA approval