CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012: Tim and Faith to headline

We are thrilled to announce that international superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be headlining CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 festival at Hope Estate.

This will be Faith Hill’s first concert in Australia, and the first time the power couple has performed together outside of North America. Their US tours have broken box office records in 2000 and again in 2006-7, when it grossed $141 million. Over 1.6 million people attended shows in the US and Canada and Pollstar Magazine chose it as ‘Major Tour of 2006’ over tours by The Rolling Stones and Madonna.

McGraw first visited Oz in 2010 with his Southern Voice tour, one of the biggest country tours in Australian history. His sold-out arena shows and headline performance at CMC Rocks North Queensland received rave reviews. Sydney fans were treated to a surprise appearance by Hill, who celebrated her birthday by joining her husband for a stunning performance of their duet ‘I Need You’.

Michael Chugg said, “We have been sitting on this news for a while and I’m thrilled that we can now announce it. This festival is growing bigger and stronger every year and what better way to see CMC rocking the Hunter in 2012 than with this awesome pair! Tim’s show in 2010 was an absolute knockout and we can only expect another killer show when he takes the stage with his better half.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been topping the charts since the early 90s, and have 70 million record sales, 8 Grammys and 46 number one singles between them. The couple will be performing their own massive hits as well as duets such as ‘Let’s Make Love’ and ‘I Need You’.
“This is as big as it gets”, said festival co-promoter Rob Potts. “McGraw has been talking about coming back since the end of his last tour and we couldn’t think of a better gift to the fans than delivering two of the biggest stars in music at one festival”.

Now in its fifth year, 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 a beautiful location.

Previous years have seen performances by Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, John Butler Trio, Kasey Chambers, Sugarland, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Pete Murray, Ian Moss, John Williamson, Jack Ingram and The Waifs.
In a first for 2012, the promoters have announced the inclusion of a main stage program on Friday 16 March from 4pm to 11pm. The festival will continue through Saturday and Sunday, when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will close the proceedings.

Once again, camping will be available on site at Hope Estate. We have responded to audience feedback by expanding the number of sites, increasing amenities and discarding the requirement for a camper’s bond.

The Camper’s Bar will be back in action again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, following the conclusion of the main stage program.

A second announcement, revealing more of the festival line-up, will be released on Sunday 14 August.

Tickets go on sale Monday 15 August at 10am with limited one-day tickets available. Despite the addition of an extra seven hours of Friday night main-stage programming, we are pleased to be able to keep ticket prices at the same level as in 2011.

In another first,we have also introduced a “Time to Pay” option for ticket buyers, where tickets can be ordered immediately, with payments spread over several months.

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