Rascal Flatts Book First Australian Tour
Rascal Flatts are heading Down Under for the first time.
The group will headline Australia’s CMC Rocks the Hunter country music festival, which will be held March 15-17 in Pokolbin, New South Wales. Other acts appearing at the event include Band Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus, David Lee Murphy, Adam Brand, Chris Young and Dean Brody.
“People have been clamoring for Rascal Flatts for years and we’re thrilled to have them for what is sure to be another terrific CMC Rocks the Hunter,” said promoter Michael Chugg in a statement.
Next year’s festival will be the sixth annual version of the event, which bills itself as “the biggest International Country & Roots Festival outside of North America.” The lineup is a mix of Australian and international country and roots performers, and is held at Hope Estate in Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley is the oldest wine regions in Australia, and is less than a two hour drive away from Sydney. It is a 45-minute drive from Newcastle Airport.
This year’s event featured headliners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Before Rascal Flatts makes the long trip Down Under, they will first finish up a U.S. tour in support of their most recent album, Changed. That album was released in April of this year, and was preceded by the hit single, “Banjo.”
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart and number one on the Billboard Country albums chart. The record marked the seventh consecutive Rascal Flatts album to debut at the top position on the U.S. country charts. In Australia, the album made it’s way to number 2 on the country albums chart, and number 51 on Australia’s overall album chart.
Singer Gary LeVox previously explained the title of the album to TheBoot.com.
“It was a great title,” he said. “Everything in our career has changed. We switched record labels. Las year, we switched management companies. A lot of things have changed in the last 10 years. We thought it summed up everything.”