Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Chugg Entertainment and Foxtel’s Country Music Channel (CMC) are thrilled to announce that USA country music icon, Alan Jackson, will be headlining the CMC Rocks North Queensland 2013 festival at Reid Park, Townsville, on Saturday 28 September.
International artists, Sara Evans (USA) and Corb Lund (CAN), will be joining him, along with National artists, Jasmine Rae, Morgan Evans and more to be announced.
Alan Jackson (USA) is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He’s in the elite company of Lennon and McCartney among artists who’ve written and recorded more than 20 US #1 hits.
Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, and has scored nearly 40 Top 10 hits in Australia, with 15 #1s including “Good Time,” “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” “Little Bitty” and “I’ll Go On Loving You” – each spent a month at the top of the Australian music charts.
“We’re thrilled to bring one of the very biggest country music superstars to North Queensland for the first time,” said promoter Rob Potts. “I’m a huge Alan Jackson fan myself and this will be a once in a lifetime experience for local fans.”
“North Queenslanders turned out in record numbers for CMC Rocks in 2010, so we’re excited to be bringing this festival back this September,” said promoter Michael Chugg.
“I am delighted Alan Jackson is coming to Townsville,” said Mayor Jenny Hill. “People across the north – from Mount Isa to the Gulf, from western towns and the cane-growing centres along the coast, will flock to the home of the Cowboys – for what will be an incredible event. Come to CMC Rocks North Queensland – and see Alan Jackson rock the jukebox!”
Jackson’s first Australian Tour in 2011, including his headlining show at CMC Rocks the Hunter, sold out Nationally in minutes! Yes, minutes!
“Worth the wait? Most definitely.” said AAP; while Melbourne’s Herald Sun noted “[Jackson] can just about walk on water for his millions of fans”; and Brisbane’s Courier Mail headlined their review, “Country Charm from a Master.”
Sara Evans (USA) has come a long way from singing with her family’s band as a child in Missouri. The ACM Top Female Vocalist and platinum-selling singer-songwriter has built a stellar career in the sixteen years since the release of her debut album. Number #1 hits, including Born to Fly and last year’s smash, A Little Bit Stronger, have made Sara a firm fan favourite. This will be her long-awaited first visit to Australia.
Australia is a second home for Corb Lund (CAN). One of Canada’s coolest, most-respected and awarded country and roots artists, Corb is well-known as a whiskey-and-hockey-loving singer-songwriter. His often quirky, laconic lyrics belie the electricity of his on-stage performance and chemistry with long-time band, the Hurtin’ Albertans.
Corb’s new Canadian #1 album, Cabin Fever, is a ‘must-have’ CD, helping to consolidate his ever-growing Australian fanbase, since his first trip here ten years ago.
In the five years since the release of her debut self-penned single, Jasmine Rae has become one of the most acclaimed artists in Australian country music. Both her debut album, Look It Up , and second album, Listen Here, received ARIA nominations for Best Country Album; yielding three #1 singles and videos each, including her #1 duet, I’ll Try Anything, with US music star, Joe Nichols.
This unique and compelling singer-songwriter, with the soulful, powerful, bluesy voice, won the fan-voted CMC Oz Artist Award 2012, as well as the prestigious, peer-voted CMA Global Artist Award 2013, for her success both here and Internationally. Jasmine is now ready to release her long-awaited, third album in August.
Newcastle singer-songwriter and reigning CMC New Oz Artist of the Year, Morgan Evans, has racked up more career milestones than most – three hit EPs, four #1 videos, CMAA nominations, National Tours with Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn and Gary Allan – and now, his Nashville-recorded debut album is set for release in the lead-up to this festival.
As a newly-recruited CMC Rocks television presenter and live-performance favourite, Morgan has become synonymous with his love and passion for the music, feel-good songs and high-octane, roof-raising concerts.
Now in its sixth year, the CMC Rocks festival brand has established itself as the biggest International Country and Roots Festival brand outside of North America. Both CMC Rocks the Hunter (in the Hunter Valley, NSW) and CMC Rocks North Queensland (in Townsville, Qld) draw fans from all states and territories in Australia, as well as from overseas. The inaugural CMC Rocks North Queensland festival was held in 2010 and featured International headliner, Tim McGraw (USA).
More artists for CMC Rocks North Queensland 2013 will be announced soon.
SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – REID PARK, TOWNSVILLE
9 Hours of Non-Stop Music – 1.00pm-10.00pm
Adult – General Admission (15+ Yrs): $169.00*
Junior – General Admission (4-14 Yrs): $89.00*
*Plus payment processing and transaction fees (where applicable).
Free admission to children under 4 years & accompanied by an adult.
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM WEDNESDAY 29 MAY
Book at: cmcrocks.com.au or through select Ticketek outlets. Check website for details.