Hailed as the largest community organised event in Australia, the National Country Music Muster at Amammor, near Gympie, is six days and nights of the finest country tunes your ears shall ever hear, thanks to 28 years of dedication to Australian music and new talent.
Muster Coordinator, Brian Sansom, said that ticket sales for 2009 are currently at the highest ever recorded since the Muster’s began in 1982, and this year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest ever.
Since its inception, the event has raised more than $12 million for charities Australia-wide and continues to be one of the most iconic events Australia has ever seen, with more than 50 community groups and more than 2000 volunteers teaming together to present the hallmark event annually.
“The Muster brings another element to the event scene; it brings people together to support their fellow Australians in need and provides an environment that celebrates what it truly means to be Aussie,” Mr Sansom said.
The event focuses on supporting Australian charities, communities and Australian music, each year providing 13 on-site venues for artists, including a Talent Search to spot up-and-coming gifted performers.
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Each year the Muster also selects an up and coming artist to travel to Canada to perform at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, in order to provide experience and exposure for the Muster Talent search winner.
Mr Sansom said the Muster is an experience that will not be quickly forgotten, adding that many of the event patrons have been attending for years, some even since it began 28 years ago.
The 2009 National Country Music Muster is on from the 25th to the 30th of August at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, via Gympie.
Who you'll see at this year's Muster
Carter & Carter
and many, many more.
Where you'll find the Muster
The 50 hectare site is two hours drive north of Brisbane, 40 minutes from Noosa and one hour from Fraser Island. For directions, check out the official website.
History of the Muster
Legend has it that Gympie-based country music trio, The Webb Brothers, inspired the first Muster after winning a Golden Guitar at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1982. With the local Apex Club's involvement, a celebratory fundraiser was held in honour of the local lads, with the first Main Stage built out of bush timber and tarpaulins at the Webb's property at Thornside.
The main stage today (left) and the main stage in 1982 (right).
Three years later, the event had grown enough that Amamoor Creek State Forest became the new site, and as more and more patrons slapped on their Akubras, the event has continued to grow in attendance and profile, making it the first class music festival it is today.
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