It's here: CMC Rocks the Hunter

GALLERY: The action from Hope Estate

INTERVIEW: McAlister Kemp's big win

FRIDAY: Stars shine at CMC Awards

We've had Tamworth, now the next best thing on country music's calender is this weekend's music festival at Hope Estate.

 If you can't get there this is the next best thing.

Below you'll find a selection of stories from our coverage in the lead up to The Hunter's big three-day event, along with updates, as well as what others on social media are posting about their favourite artists and the atmosphere on the ground.

CMC Rocks the Hunter is one of Australia's most popular country music festivals and historically boasts an impressive line-up of both Australian and international acts.

In previous years country superstars Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill have headlined the festival along with Allan Jackson.

This year's headliners were to be Billy Ray Cyrus and Rascal Flatts however Cyrus was forced to pull out of the event due to a medical condition.

Rascal Flatts arrived in Australia last week for their first ever trip to the country.

Australian artists performing at this year's event include McAlister Kemp, Aleyce Simmonds and Adam Brand.

The event was kicked off today with a performance by The Wolfe Brothers.

 The Great Cask Room, known as the set of The Farmer Wants A Wife, was host to select country music artists, industry and a few lucky fans for the CMC Awards on Friday night.

Rain did not deter festival goers from enjoying the atmosphere yesterday afternoon with the photos below on our Storify showing the party went on long into the night,

Missed out on who's coming and who's not? Don't worry, we've got you covered

Jack Ingram, the farm join CMC Rocks                 

McAlister Kemp replace Billy Ray

Big names added to CMC Rocks the Hunter         

Rascal Flatts lead line-up

Interview: Chris Young ready to explore the Hunter

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