25 February 2013
As the world’s largest country and roots music festival outside of North America, you won’t want to miss CMC Rocks the Hunter – a three-day extravaganza at the scenic Hope Estate.
CMC Rocks the Hunter regularly brings in some of the biggest names in country music – in previous years, headlining performers have included Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Joe Nichols and Dierks Bentley, among others.
This year, American group Rascal Flatts will headline the festival – the supergroup’s first time performing in Australia – but they are by no means the only big-ticket act scheduled to appear. From March 15 to 17, the CMC Rocks the Hunter Stages will be graced by some of the biggest names in country and western music, including The Band Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Big & Rich and Chris Young from the United States and Canadian artists Dean Brody and Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans.
Hope Estate is located in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley – one of Australia’s most well-respected wine regions. Set on 420 acres of stunning vineyards, this striking venue offers beautiful views. From Sydney, the venue is an easy two-hour drive away – and a 45-minute drive from Newcastle Airport.
Tickets can be purchased online up to three days ahead of the event (Monday, March 11) and accommodation is available at the venue – you can choose to either camp on site or seek out a nearby hotel and B&B in Pokolbin or elsewhere in the Hunter Valley.
If you intend to camp onsite, you are permitted to bring a camping gas cooker for preparing meals. Small tent spaces have a capacity for two people and medium tent sites can be enjoyed by up to four people. Alternatively, large powered caravan and mobile home sites are also available – up to six people can stay in this area.
It is also important to note that there are limited EFTPOS facilities at the venue, so it is smart to prepare by bringing cash – food and drinks will be sold onsite, and there is even a dedicated licensed venue where you can enjoy a drink. The camping area is an alcohol-free zone.
Food stalls will be available for every taste and budget – whether you are looking for gourmet-style restaurant fare or a simple pie, you’ll find plenty of options to suit everyone.
CMC Rocks the Hunter takes place rain or shine, so if you are planning to attend this three day country and western extravaganza, you will need to dress for any type of weather. Ponchos will be sold in the event of rain, but it is a wise idea to prepare for any weather – make sure you pack sun protection and flat, comfortable shoes.