Lady Antebellum: live outdoor gigs and their new album

WHOLE LOTTA COUNTRY: Lady Antebellum played to an enthusiastic crowd at CMC Rocks.
WHOLE LOTTA COUNTRY: Lady Antebellum played to an enthusiastic crowd at CMC Rocks. Kurt Petersennick Osullivan

THE clean-up begins at Willowbank today after three days of music revelry.

Thousands of country music fans have enjoyed live performances from some of the genre's biggest names, including American acts Big and Rich, Lee Brice, Chris Young and Lady Antebellum.

Seven-time Grammy Award winners Lady Antebellum played to a 10,000-strong CMC Rocks crowd on Friday night.

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The Nashville-based trio is on its third visit to our shores after first touring Australia with Keith Urban.

"This is a brand new experience for us in Australia to play a big outdoor festival," singer and guitar player Dave Haywood told APN backstage before the band's headlining performance.

"Each time we've come I feel like there has been a really unique thing. Last time we got to do the Sydney Opera House, which is totally different to the feeling you have here.

"This will be exciting tonight. You can already hear the people from back here, that's a good sign."

The band shot to fame in 2009 with the breakthrough hit Need You Now, which spent five weeks at the top of the US charts.

The trio has gone on to sell more than 10 million albums and released its fifth studio album 747 late last year.

The band performed the upcoming new single Long Stretch of Love for fans.

Singer Charles Kelley said it was his favourite song on the album.

"There's something about the energy and the sound of it," he said.

"When we wrote it, Dave and our co-writer Josh Kear had this cool vision of how to get it going and we didn't stray much from the demo Dave put together.

"It really set the record off, and then we started writing songs like Bartender and we really did head into this more energetic direction for the record."

American duo Big and Rich closed the festival with a high-energy set last night.

Over the past three days the festival attracted an estimated 30,000 country music fans to the Ipswich area.

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