Following the spectacle that was CMC ROCKS QLD’s 11th Anniversary and biggest year ever, it can today be revealed that Australia’s leading country and roots music festival will return to Willowbank, Ipswich from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 March 2019.
In 2019, an extended festival program exclusively for campers will kick-start festivities, beginning at 1pm on Thursday at the Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon, and continuing through to 2am the next morning. The festival Main Stage will open at 11:45am on Friday, to get the official celebrations started!
The biggest event on the Australian country music calendar, CMC Rocks this year played host to a record-breaking 20,000 music lovers, who descended on Willowbank to catch their favourite local and international music idols live in action; from Kelsea Ballerini on her second Australian visit to Darius Rucker, Busby Marou, Travis Collins and superstar headliner Luke Bryan.
“It’s amazing… how much energy this crowd has!” – Kelsea Ballerini
“The fans are here, they do their homework, they’re ready to have a good time.” – Darius Rucker
“The fans are crazy, they camp out for days, they just make the most of this experience. You look out over a crowd and you realise ‘I have fans over here!’ and there is nothing more special than that.” – Luke Bryan
This year nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Festival, CMC Rocks QLD is fast becoming one of the most highly regarded annual events in the country.
2018 saw CMC Rocks create history, selling out over 20,000 tickets within an hour of going on sale, with crowds travelling from as far as Ireland, UK and USA to attend the four-day event, injecting more than $12 million into the Queensland economy, double that of 2017.
Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister, Kate Jones, said the event was a firm highlight on Queensland’s events calendar.
“The outstanding success of the 2018 event in driving visitation and boosting the local economy confirms yet again the importance of events to Queensland’s economy,” Ms Jones said.
“With a long history of bringing high profile and diverse acts to the stage, CMC Rocks QLD will no doubt be a highlight on the Australian music calendar in 2019.”
2019 is sure to pack a punch for CMC Rocks festival-goers, showcasing the best that country and roots music has to offer, in an unforgettable festival setting.