Menu
Entertainment

Muddy good time at 30th Muster

Craig Warhurst

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!

Topics:  country music gympie music muster

Gympie Times


Regions declared big winners in SCU funding deal

ALL SMILES: Professor Shoemaker is thrilled by the deal struck with the Federal Government.

Funding deal puts Allied Health campus in Coffs back on track

Swimmer missing at Valla while others rescued along Coast

An IRB is searching the waters at Valla Beach for a missing swimmer.

Search for missing man caught in Valla rip will start again at 6am.

Axemen start season with bang in 9s

The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast 9s final at Geoff King Motors Park was played between Group 2 rivals the Coffs Harbour Comets and the Orara Valley Axemen who won 12-10. Nines rugby league 17 February 2018 Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Promised improvement more than just empty words after Coffs Coast 9s

Local Partners

Stone the flamin’ crows: Home and Away actor's new project

HE’S played the iconic Alf Stewart for 30 years — but now, Home and Away’s Ray Meagher is working on a new project.

Audience member shocked penis puppeteer

Rich Binning and Barry Brisco from Puppetry of the Penis.

It takes a lot to shock Rich Binning who appears nude on stage

What’s the greatest 1980s movie ever?

That lift, featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, back when she had a normal nose.

From Dirty Dancing and Crocodile Dundee to Die Hard

Jennifer Lawrence flaunts her nudity on set

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of "Red Sparrow" at the Newseum on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)Source:AP

Jennifer Lawrence so comfortable on Red Sparrow set, she went naked

Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

L-R: Belinda Chapple, Tiffany Wood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk and Katie Underwood made up Bardot.

Popstars girl group Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

How three Aussie movie-makers lured Helen Mirren

Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren in a scene from the movie Winchester. Supplied by Studiocanal.

It took a lot of work for three Aussies to lure the Oscar winner

Roxy Jacenko: ‘I came over all hot’

Roxy Jacenko and Oliver Curtis have talked about their sex life since his prison release last year. Picture: Aaron Francis.

The pair gave revealing interview about their lives since his release