Toby Keith will head Down Under for the first time in 2014, headlining the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014 festival at Hope Estate.

Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, Craig Campbell, Love And Theft, Paul Thorn, The Greencards, Lee Kernaghan, Morgan Evans, The Flood, Luke O'Shea, Adam Eckersley Band, Jody Direen (New Zealand), Peter McWhirter, Kaylens Rain, Jason Owen and The Viper Creek Band also will perform.

The festival is in its seventh year of operation and fourth year in the Hunter

Previous years have seen performances by Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, John Butler Trio, Kasey Chambers, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Pete Murray, Ian Moss, Tex Perkins, Jack Ingram and The Waifs.

2014 will see the return of the CMC Rocks Songwriters Shows, held on Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the Campers' Bar. Each show will feature singer-songwriters in country and roots music playing in an intimate, acoustic setting. Access to the Songwriters Shows is open to all patrons of the festival.