Whats On

CMC Rocks Qld leading lights relish Aust acts

STAR POWER: Lady Antebellum will headline the CMC Rocks Qld country music festival at Willowbank Raceway next year.
STAR POWER: Lady Antebellum will headline the CMC Rocks Qld country music festival at Willowbank Raceway next year. Contributed

AMERICAN muso Dave Haywood loves nothing more when he's in the country than to switch on the music channel and "soak up the talent Down Under" for hours on end.

As one third of the popular country music band Lady Antebellum, Haywood chatted to APN about coming back to Australia and headlining the CMC Rocks Qld music festival in Ipswich early next year.

The band is enjoying worldwide success with their new album 747, currently sitting at number four on the country billboard chart.

"We tried to push ourselves in the studio to make the most upbeat and fun record we've ever done," Haywood said.

"It feels like a fresh new energy and I think the fans are receiving it that way and they can hear our excitement on this record."



Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason: One Direction has good songs

Daniel Radcliffe takes swipe at frothing over Emma Watson

Thieves steal Glen McGrath breast charity cash 

Young woman in Brisbane Ebola scare tests negative

A Place to Call Home has a new address on pay TV


Pumped to be heading west of Brisbane to headline the Ipswich festival, Haywood said the band revelled in performing at music festivals.

"When you're playing at a festival, you have people who are a little bit crazier 'cause it's normally a multi-event type thing," he said.

"You know, they're camping out or hanging out all day long listening to music, having a drink, partying and having a good time - you kinda get a crazier, tipsier audience if you're playing at a festival which is more fun for us.

"The more fun they're having, the more fun we can have on stage and I think the festivals can be a big party."

Haywood is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Australian country music favourites like Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand and Adam Harvey.

"When we get down to Australia the thing I love is just turning on the music channels all day long," Haywood said.

"There's so many neat acts, pop acts, country acts, that come from Australia and it's so cool - you don't get that kind of access in the states to watch what's local, what's grassroots, what's coming up and the next big thing is what I love.

"There's so many great acts coming out of Australia so I just leave (the music channel on) all day while we're in the room, we just love it."

Lady Antebellum knows Aussie country music well, joining country superstar Keith Urban as the opening act of his 2011 world tour.

"I mean Keith Urban, he's been not only one of the most influential people for us but he's given us access to people all over the world," Haywood said.

"We toured Australia for the first time with him, Canada for the first time with Keith - he's a global superstar and he was very nice to allow us to come and open up for him.

"I love him - speaking of being musical, I mean gosh is there a more musical person in the country than that?

"He's so talented at writing and singing and playing guitar and entertaining - he's the total package and he's been great to us and it's been great to get to know him."

As for heading to Queensland in early March, Haywood and his other bandmates Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley are looking forward to coming back to play for Australian fans, who've embraced their music with open arms.

"We're fired up to be down there," Haywood said.

"It's just one of the coolest places in the entire world and the fans have always given us such a warm welcome."


CMC Rocks Queensland

Who's coming: US artists including Lady Antebellum, Big and Rich, Chris Young and Lee Brice, as well as Aussie acts including Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Amber Lawrence, Harmony James and many more.

When it's on: March 13, 14 and 15 next year

Where it is: Willowbank Raceway, Cunningham Hwy just outside Ipswich

How to get tickets: Visit www.cmcrocks.com/ 2015/buy-tickets

Topics:  cmc rocks qld lady antebellum

The Ipswich stamp fair has it all licked

RARE METAL: Dave Roberts with his aluminium Tongan stamps from 1965.

Ipswich stamp fair will feature rare and unusual stamps

Culture feast brightens city

COLOUR: This year's Diwali Festival was a hit.

Diwali Festival embraces happiness and joy

LETTER Monty Python circus with squirrels marrying squirrels

Squirrel in Yellowstone National Park during summer.  - User Contributed

God help us with the current crop of egomaniacs in Canberra

Local Partners

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track