New beginning for mega-Muster
THE Optus Gympie Music Muster this year marks its major 30-year milestone and the beginning of a new era for the iconic festival that has become a major inclusion on Australia’s annual event calendar.
With a new management team, consolidated stages, varied entertainment, returning artists and some making their debut, 2011 will signify the beginning and future of the Optus Gympie Music Muster, designed to provide more for fans and partners than ever before.
The event’s new chief executive officer Vickii Cotter leads a team of fresh staff working alongside the stalwart volunteers from the Apex Club, to improve activities already in place. Her involvement in Bluesfest at Byron Bay, as well as a legal and entertainment background, Ms Cotter has been a welcome addition.
“The Gympie Music Muster has played a huge part of our lives for my entire family,” Ms Cotter said.
“My husband John and I became involved as Apexians from the very first event at Widgee. We’ve been involved in various forms ever since.
“I’ve spent many years working at the Muster office as an employee. John has worked as well, at every Muster, and was for quite some time the local representative of the then event sponsor.
“We’ve watched the growth with pleasure over the past 29 Musters and we are excited as to how the milestone 30th year will be marked and how the event’s fans will have a chance to celebrate.
“I congratulate the Gympie Apex Club on its achievements.”
After three decades of growth and expansion, the 30th Muster will include major national and international acts.
With more than 10 performance stages spread across an enclosed section of the Amamoor Creek State Forest, to accommodate the 60,000-plus ticketholders the event attracts annually.
In 2011, the event will promote performances scheduled for the Main stage (open from the Tuesday), Blues Bar (open from the Tuesday), Muster Club (open from the Tuesday), Crowbar, Wine Bar, Mustadance, Talent Search, Kidz Klub area, Bundy area, and XXXX Retreat.
“With a dedicated refocus back to its roots of country, the event’s three decades of delivery will be recognised as we look forward and create a vision for the future,” Ms Cotter said.
THIS year’s Muster line-up includes:
Montgomery Gentry (USA), Doc Walker (Canada), Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Ash Grunwald, Beccy Cole, Nick Barker, Jace Everett, Adam Harvey, Graeme Connors, James Blundell, Shane Nicholson, The Sunny Cowgirls, Ezra Lee, James Reyne, Harmony James, Ross Wilson, Jasmine Rae, Alvin Youngblood Hart (USA), Bryan White (USA), The Backsliders, McAlister Kemp, Peter McWhirter, Rob Black, Eric Bogle, Kristy Akers, Jayne Denham, Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA), Aleyce Simmonds, Blue Shaddy, Bondi Cigars, Morgan Evans, The Wilson Pickers, Lowrider, Travis Collins, Steve Forde and The Ultimate Rock ‘N’ Roll Session. More artists are yet to be announced.
Celebrating its 30th year, the event will take place at the Amamoor Creek State Forest from August 23-28.
Tickets on sale now at www.muster .com.au or www.ticket ek.com.au. Additional information about accommodation, camping and event stages can be found online at www.muster.com.au.