PLANNING for the Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster is pushing ahead, with earthworks now underway terracing the site for the April event.
The Widgee event will be held on the original hill on the site of the first Gympie Music Muster which was held to celebrate the centenary of the Webb family's life on the land.
The property is the home of Australian country music icons, the Webb Brothers, and was home of the Gympie Muster from 1982-4, before it moved to the permanent site at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park.
Now the Widgee site is getting another lease of life with the Widgee Country Music Club hosting this new music event from April 26 - 28 this year.
The club has already had a trial run on-site with about 450 people attending the day last September.
This year's event is designed to promote the Widgee Country Music Club and its young talent.
The event is not trying to compete with the well-established Gympie Music Muster but hopes to be recognised by all lovers of country music.
The extensive terracing of the natural amphitheatre and site preparation is being carried out with the help of Ted Kross, from Cross Australia Earthmoving who has come on board as an event sponsor.
The event organisers are also seeking further sponsors with television advertising and other promotion to start soon.
The Thornside event will have a wide range of talent and incorporate a Champion of Champions affiliated talent quest, providing a conduit for artists to qualify for the Queensland title. The quest will be run in junior, senior and a golden oldies sections.
The Widgee muster will feature two stages and associated facilities including camping, showers and toilets for those wanting to stay for the entire event.
Known names signed for the inaugural Widgee Muster include Jade Hurley who was at the original muster events and Tanya Kernaghan.
A list of artists and other information including ticket sales and camping booking can be found at widegeecountrymusic.com.