Muddy good time at 30th Muster
AS far as thirtieth birthday celebrations go, the Optus Gympie Music Muster knows how to throw a bloody, or should that be muddy, good party.
From humble beginnings on a family property in Widgee to celebrate the Webb brothers' Golden Guitar Award win in 1982, the Muster has exploded to become a major event, and the highlight of the year for many dedicated fans.
This year organisers were estimating about 60,000 people would file through the gates and it certainly felt like that figure was met.
From Lee Kernaghan to The Pigs, Travis Collins, Marshall and the Fro, James Rene, Luke Dickens, Doc Walker, The Duke Wilde Band, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Eugene Hideaway Briges, Jace Everett, Boy and Bear, John Williamson, Kirsty Akers and Montgomery Gentry, to name a few, the range and quality of performances was an absolute credit to both organisers and the artists.
In fact, the line-up was so impressive there were moments when you wished you could be in every tent at the same time.
Drizzling rain, flooded creeks and mountains of mud didn't deter revelers who were then duly rewarded for their persistence by beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures on Sunday.
Crowd-pleaser and Muster stalwart John Williamson took to Main Stage on Sunday afternoon and had the crowd singing along to the usual favourites, before Beccy Cole had the crowd in stitches with her hilarious shenanigans.
US imports Montgomery Gentry finished the Muster off with a bang, playing their only Australian show... this time.
To top it all off, drivers were on their best behaviour, with police only reporting two people caught drink driving on Sunday night.
Major sponsors Optus went all out this year, creating a mobile Muster planner and pumping $650,000 into connecting the town of Amamoor.
"In previous years we really only had coverage when the Muster was on, now we have coverage all year round," Marketing Manager Genevieve Brock told the Gympie Times. See the full video interview with Genevieve above right.
If you weren't at the Muster, you most certainly missed out. You can still relive the moments through our great photo galleries and video interviews. Just make sure you're there next year!