Hunter launches own festival to replace CMC

Hunter Valley winery Hope Estate has announced a brand new 3-day music festival for 2015.  

Camfire Festival will be held from March 13-15 with organisers tipping it to feature a top-class lineup of respected Australian talent.

The event will replace the ‘CMC Rocks The Hunter’ concert, which shocked fans this month by announcing it would relocate to a raceway in Ipswich.

“After CMC’s unexpected exit, we were overwhelmed with messages from the music community,” said Hope Estate owner Michael Hope.

“So many people were looking forward to spending the three days here with their friends, it had become an annual and planned ritual for them.

"They’d already booked flights and accommodation, and wanted to know how they could help bring the show back”.

Event organisers say the festival will feature bigger staging, a wider variety of food and beverage options including craft beer from the new onsite microbrewery and a new 5-star camping facility.

There will be two stages, major artists on the main stage which will be announced over the next few months.

Ten of the acts out of the fifteen scheduled on the B-Stage will be chosen via an online audience member vote leading into the event, giving up-and-coming performers a chance to shine in front of a big audience.

In addition to main stage and B-Stage performances, there will also be a busking competition voted by the fans using a phone app with the winner getting a paid slot on the main stage.