The Gympie Muster
Where can you find 70,000 people, 60,000 Akubra hats, 10 stages, thousands of tent, a bar around every corner, hundreds of Music artists from around the world, mechanical bulls, slinky potatoes, Country, Blues, Rock, Alternative music, a talent search, market stalls, line dancing, boot scooting, a mega party that runs for 4 days & nights & A bloody good time??…… At The Gympie Muster of course.
This year Vulture Magazine headed out to the middle of nowhere to the Amamoor state forest in QLD for 4 epic days. It was hot & dusty & the perfect weather for an icy cold beer. With over 300 artists the Muster had something for everyone! Headlining was American country legend Kenny Rogers, with thousands of fans flowing in to see him peform & when Rogers said “I am going to sing every hit I have EVER had”, he meant it!
Aussie’s faces filled with pride & thousands of cowboy hats were waved high in the air as Australian icon John Williamson sung ‘Hey true blue’ & ‘Waltzing Matilda’ among a number of his many oz hits.
Australian favourite Shannon Noll hit the stage in ripped blue jeans, a tight shirt & black wrist bands belting out his songs. Working the stage & his fans who screamed for him to “take his shirt off”. There even was an emotional moment as he made a dedication to his much loved Dad as he sung ‘Now I Run’. Then the crowd roared as he sung ‘What About Me’. The festival folk were in awe of how down to earth & thankful of his fans he was when Noll stated “Without you, our fans , we are nothing so thankyou”.
Beccy Cole was an absolute delight making jokes as she sung & entertained. She then handed out hundreds of love heart shaped balloons & recorded a live video with her fans for her new film clip.
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson shone on stage together as they sung ‘Rattling Bones’ & they each took time out to sing a number of their own personal hits while their fans screamed with excitement.
Brian Cadd & Russell Morris had people of all ages swaying to their songs & singing along as they happily watched on.
The McClymonts, Jetty road & the Sunny Cowgirls each had massive crowds filling the mosh pit. Lee Kernaghan was a huge hit with fans mobbing him backstage for a photo oppurtunity.
Shane Howard from Goanna had everyone on their feet dancing, as they closed their show with their number 1 hit ‘Solid Rock’ the crowd sung along to every word while the band members tore it up with their instruments including the much loved sound of the didgeridoo.
Our favourite peformance of the Muster was that of the iconic Black Sorrows. They blew the roof off the Crow Bar as they had everybody smiling, dancing, drinking & rocking the night away.
Maton Talent Search contestant Taila Gouge is one to watch; with an amazing voice & confidence she had as many fans cheering her on as that of country star Jasmin Rae, fans dwindled at the main stage as Rae breathed in alcohol while drinking & peforming warning others “don’t drink & sing”.
Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll & Joe Camelleri (The Black Sorrows) all took the time out of their busy schedule to chat to Vulture Magazine. These 3 artists definitely have not let fame go to their heads & were very thankful to their fans even stopping for some photo opportunities, They were so grounded that we almost forgot they are legends….ALMOST!
Our only complaint is the road leading out to the Muster which is narrow, rough & at times quite dangerous, as lots would agree it could do with a bit of a makeover.
The security wasn’t heavily overhanded like most festivals & everyone was friendly especially those that were blind drunk! If you’re single this is the place to pick up & if you’re family orientated there is no better place to camp they even have a kids club! If you like to party with thousands of people where strangers become friends & dancing partners your in luck! Would we recommend the Gympie Muster?? Fucken Oath we would!
You can find more of Nicole Burr’s photography at www.photography4eternity.com