The crowd at CMC Rocks QLD 2015 on Saturday night. Photo: Nick O'Sullivan / The Queensland Times
The crowd at CMC Rocks QLD 2015 on Saturday night. Photo: Nick O'Sullivan / The Queensland Times Nick O'Sullivan

Next month's CMC Rocks festival is about to sell out

THE CMC Rocks Music Festival is about to sell out for the first time in its nine-year history.

Promoter Rob Potts believes next month's event will be a sell-out by Monday with less than 70 tickets remaining.

"I'd be surprised if there's any tickets left by Monday," Potts told APN.

"Sold out will be the tone of the event, which we're happy about. Bigger is not always better. The key to us is the fans who do turn up and have been loyal to us over the past nine years have a great experience."

This year's event has been capped at 13,500 punters, more than double last year's attendance.

An additional 900 overflow camping tickets were snapped up after the Ipswich City Council opened up an 11-acre strip of land along the edge of the festival site.

"There will be about 14,000 people there (with workers) or you can look at it as 45,000 people over the three and a half days," Mr Potts said.

"We'll have a look at how the site deals with that type of capacity. We may or may not be able to increase the size by another 1500 people the following year. Somewhere about that 14,000 to 15,000 mark is going to be a sold-out capacity for Willowbank and we'll be happy with that."

Mr Potts said all of the festival's amenities including food stalls, bar space and toilets and showers will be doubled to meet the increased demand.

The move to Ipswich from the Hunter Valley has been a good one for the three-day festival and its accompanying CMC Music Awards, which are now televised live on Foxtel from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

"When we started to look around at a couple of different places in Queensland, the moment I walked into Willowbank I went 'this is the spot'," he said.

"The flatness of it, the parkland vibe and just the climate up there, it just felt instantly like this could really work and obviously it's been a very good move for us.

"It's been quite a transformation (for CMC Rocks) and country music is going to be the big winner out of the whole thing."

Mr Potts said there is a good chance the festival will stay at Willowbank beyond its initial three-year agreement with Ipswich City Council and Tourism Events Queensland.

"We love being up there," he said.

"We're going to run out of space to grow it, but we'll see how it goes once we have a look at the site this year. We have no immediate plans to move elsewhere at this point.

"Queensland is what I would describe as Australia's heartland state of country music."

CMC Rocks will run from March 11 to 13 at Willowbank.

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