Line-up grows for CMC Rocks The Hunter 2012

Less than a week ago, we broke news that US megastars TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL (USA) will be headlining CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012. We are now excited to announce that eight more big names will be rocking the Hunter over March 16 - 18 next year.

Aussie audiences went crazy for DIERKS BENTLEY (USA) when he joined Brooks & Dunn on their sold-out 2009 Australian arena tour. Since he rocketed onto the country landscape in 2003, the chiselled hitmaker has earned a reputation as one of the most electrifying live acts in music today, with a string of chart topping hits and album sales climbing over 5 million in the US.

20 years of incredible hits have cemented LEE KERNAGHAN as the modern-day King of Australian Country Music. He has criss-crossed the country countless times and his fans keep coming back for more of his patented brand of hard rocking, uniquely Australian country. Lee will release his 2-CD “Ultimate Hits” package in September, featuring his hit duet and video with Dierks Bentley, “Scars”.

The ELI YOUNG BAND (USA) honed their skills as an Eagles-esque live force in the Texas Red Dirt scene, building up an enviable fan following, before breaking into the mainstream country scene with their album, “Level”, in 2005. They’re riding high in the US right now with their fastest rising single to date, “Crazy Girl”, (recently certified Gold) and are eager to bring down the house on their first ever Australian trip.

A gravel-tainted voice and poetic lyrical sensibility form the distinctive musical identity of TEX PERKINS. In almost 30 years of writing and performing, Perkins has featured as part of the legendary Aussie rock outfits, 'Cruel Sea', and 'The Beasts of Bourbon'. Now, he has stamped his own spin on Johnny Cash-country with his band, THE DARK HORSES, who will be joining him on stage at the Hunter in March.

CRAIG CAMPBELL (USA) is the newest star to put a fresh take on the traditional country sound, which has seen him race up the US charts with the heartfelt “Family Man” and his current smash hit, the cheeky “Fish”. The singer-songwriter’s warm baritone and laconic sense of humour has seen comparisons to Alan Jackson, and the Georgian is sure to be embraced by Aussie crowds at the Festival.

Americana icon, JIM LAUDERDALE (USA), is equally at home at the Grand Ole Opry as he is touring Europe with Elvis Costello. Jim has written hits for George Strait, Patty Loveless and Gary Allan, but his own albums encompasses a mix of blues, rock, bluegrass, country and whimsy. Known for his energetic and soulful stage presence, this will be Jim’s fourth trip down under for CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012.

With his imposing physique, larger than life personality, and outrageous videos, COLT FORD (USA) stands out, even before you get to his music, a unique take on country with a hip-hop twist. Not afraid to be controversial, Ford’s music is uncompromising and his concerts captivating. His fans and collaborators include Jason Aldean, Charlie Daniels and one of this year’s headliners, Tim McGraw.

SHANE NICHOLSON started out as the lead singer of rock band, “Pretty Violet Stain”, before he broke out on his own with his blend of country and folk-rock. His album collaboration with wife, Kasey Chambers, “Rattlin’ Bones”, was showered in awards and critical praise, which has continued with Shane’s new solo album, “Bad Machines”. .

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 (USA) 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.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Monday 15 August at 10am, with limited one-day tickets available, as well as the weekend passes.

Despite the addition of an extra seven hours of Friday night main-stage programming, the promoters are pleased to be able to keep ticket prices at the same level as in 2011. In another first, the promoters 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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