Australia’s CMC Rocks QLD Festival Postponed

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Australian officials to ban large gatherings, thus forcing the cancellation of CMC Rocks QLD…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 13, 2020

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Australian officials to ban large gatherings, thus forcing the cancellation of CMC Rocks QLD Festival, which was scheduled to take place March 18-22 in Willowbank, Queensland.

“It is with deep regret that the CMC Rocks QLD team announces the postponement of the 2020 event, due to take place in Willowbank, QLD next week,” festival organizers shared in a statement. “As a result of the Australian Government’s announcement this afternoon, holding the festival is now infeasible and as such, the March festival cannot proceed as planned.”

Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Jimmie Allen, Morgan Evans, LANCO, Runaway June, Kassi Ashton, Cassadee Pope, Mitchell Tenpenny, Abby Anderson, Seaforth were among the many artists slated to take the stage at the star-studded festival.

The festival urged fans to hold onto their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled festival, which will likely take place in October. Those unable to attend the new dates will be offered a full refund.

The postponement of CMC Rocks QLD Festival is just one of many rescheduled events announced this week in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak across the world.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.