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Local CMC Legend Does The Maths

7 October 2023 | 10:37 am | Mary Varvaris

"Unless it’s the local bowling club, where can you get a musician/ concert for that price?"

CMC Rocks

CMC Rocks (Credit: Lachlan Douglas)

Yesterday, the line-up for the 2024 edition of CMC Rocks was revealed, announcing headliners Lainey Wilson, Chris Young and Tyler Hubbard ready to take over the Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich from 15 to 17 March.

As well as the headliners, next year’s CMC Rocks is stacked, starring viral sensation Oliver Anthony, Morgan Wade, and Jackson Dean, plus many locals, including Brad CoxCasey BarnesTaylor MossMelanie DyerSara BerkiJosh SetterfieldLoren RyanLane Pittman and Hayley Marsten.

It’s a high-value line-up, and one CMC Rocks Facebook Fan Page legend has done the math to prove just how impressive the bang for your buck is.

“Ok let’s get this into perspective please,” top contributor Sharyn Young wrote yesterday afternoon (6 October). “We are paying $419 for a 3 day event. $139.66 per day. Approximately 15 artists a day $9.31. Unless it’s the local bowling club, where can you get a musician/ concert for that price?”

Young didn’t forget other important factors, either, such as: “The hangovers are free. Sunburn free or storm followed by mud sliding. Best group of 30,000 friends. Hosted by a legend. I can’t see an issue in sight”.

When you put it that way, CMC Rocks is one of Australia's most impressive value-for-money events, particularly for country music.

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Tickets for the 2024 event go on sale at 9 am AEST on Monday, 9 October, with options for camping available alongside the standard three-day passes available. Head to Moshtix for more information on all of that good stuff.

In a press release, Chugg Entertainment chairman Michael Chugg said of next year’s landmark event: “CMC Rocks QLD has always been about bringing the global country music community together. This year, with such a diverse and powerful lineup, we're set to deliver an experience that transcends boundaries and resonates with fans, old and new. Every year, CMC Rocks QLD surpasses expectations, and 2024 will be no exception.”

Lainey Wilson’s fourth album, last year’s breakthrough release, Bell Bottom Country, debuted at #3 on the US Top Country Albums Chart and landed at #16 on Australia’s Digital Albums Chart. 

In an April interview with Countrytown, Wilson pointed at a Billboard magazine that featured her as the cover artist and told us, “I’m smack bang in the middle of this thing! Never in a million years did I think country music would take me places like that, so it means a lot.” In March 2024, country music will take her to Australia.