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CMC Rocks Reveals 2025 Festival Dates

18 March 2024 | 9:44 am | Mary Varvaris

CMC Rocks returns to the Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich in 2025. The line-up will be announced later this year.

CMC Rocks 2024

CMC Rocks 2024 (Source: Supplied)

Save the dates: CMC Rocks festival promoters Frontier Touring have announced the dates for the 2025 event.

Next year, Queensland’s—and Australia’s—favourite country music festival turns 18, and it’s sure to be a special one. CMC Rocks returns to the Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich and will run from Friday, 21 to Sunday, 23 March 2025. The line-up will be announced later this year.

The dates for the 2025 edition of CMC Rocks were announced last night (17 March) – on the night this year’s festival ended. This year’s event was headlined by Chris Young, Lainey Wilson and Tyler Hubbard.

Elsewhere on the line-up, CMC Rocks locked in Morgan Wade, Megan Moroney, Drake Milligan, Oliver Anthony, Jackson Dean, and more international artists, with Australian acts including Casey Barnes, Lane Pittman, Brad Cox, Taylor Moss, Melanie Dyer, Sara Berki, Josh Setterfield, Loren Ryan, and Hayley Marsten rocking the stage.

This year’s festival saw artists impress with covers, with Morgan Wade offering up her version of Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl, Cooper Alan wowing with a rendition of Moving PicturesWhat About Me, host Storme Warren paid tribute to Toby Keith, while Ian Munsick threw the crowd back to the ‘90s and 2000s, performing covers of R&B classics including No Scrubs (by TLC), Say My Name (Destiny’s Child), and Toxic (Britney Spears). Munswick also honoured Toby Keith by performing Red Solo Cup.

In a press release, the Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, Michael Chugg, commented about the 2025 announcement, “We’re thrilled to be announcing the dates for next year’s event off the back of an incredibly successful 2024 festival.

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“We know fans travel from far and wide to attend CMC Rocks each year, so we wanted to get the community excited and dates in the calendar for our 2025 instalment. Another stellar line-up is already in the pipeline, and we can’t wait to reveal it later this year.”

CMC Rocks Festival Director Jeremy Dylan added, “The festival has grown so much in these ten years since we first made Willowbank our home, we are excited to return once again next year and we’re hard at work for making it the biggest and best CMC Rocks yet!”

Ipswich City Council Chief Executive Officer Sonia Cooper said the council is “delighted” by the festival’s 2025 return, citing the “millions of dollars” CMC Rocks injects into the local economy each year.

Cooper continued, “This is the southern hemisphere’s largest international country music festival, and it generates more than 61,000 visitor nights in Ipswich, attracting about 19,000 visitors to this beautiful city. Like all country music fans, we can’t wait to hear who the headline acts will be [in] 2025, and we look forward to putting our planning for next year’s event into full swing.”