Troy Cassar-Daley performs on the Main Stage.
Troy Cassar-Daley performs on the Main Stage. Craig Warhurst

More stars line up for Muster

THERE'S excitement brewing out Amamoor Creek way as a new line up of artists come on board to perform this year's Optus Gympie Music Muster.

Favourites John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley and Catherine Britt have all signed on as well as Bill Chambers, Boy and Bear, Luke Austen and Jim Haynes.

The latest names will ensure a non-stop schedule of entertainment and famous faces over the six day event.

Add to these names a confirmed events such as the Sit Down Comedy Club, APRA Songwriters Sessions, CD Launches, the Star Maker Showcase and 2011 Winner Album Launch, 30th Birthday Opening Night Muster Gala Bush Ball, Music Industry Forum, Songwriters Workshops, Line dancing, Talent Search, Spoken Word Olympics, The Great Debate and the Musterbeenbloodygood Poetry Slam to complete a jam-packed official birthday celebration offering.

The line-up of national and international talent pays tribute to the history and heritage of the Muster and covers a wide range of styles providing something for everyone in the Amamoor Creek State Forest from Tuesday, August 23 to Sunday, August 28.

With more than 40 acts previously announced in May, ticket sales to the event continue strongly, with the 2011 delivery potentially attracting the largest ever crowd, to share the 30th birthday celebrations.

Muster CEO Vickii Cotter said all the stops had been pulled ensuring this big milestone surpassed any and all to date in Muster annals.

“We knew from the very beginning that getting the right line-up confirmed for the 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster was critical,” she said.

“Our event attracts such a wide demographic of music fans and those simply seeking the experience. We've worked really hard and believe we have a great line-up of sensational talent on offer that will provide something for everyone, of all ages.”

Event stalwart and Australian icon, John Williamson expressed his excitement to be returning to the Muster.

“I am delighted to be performing at the 30th Gympie Muster. I can proudly say that I've been to more than any other artist,” he said. “It is Queensland's most significant contribution towards our own brand of country music. It's continued to build from the first one held on the Webb brothers' property.

“Why? Because it is extremely well run. The Gympie Muster is different to the great Tamworth festival as it is held at Amamoor Forest. It's in the bush where our music comes from. Come rain, hail or sunshine the loyal fans never miss it.

“They jealously hold onto their camping spots and every year create a massive tent-village with their mates. This gives the Muster a feeling of the pioneering days that take us back to our roots. I can't wait! See you there”.

First timers, regulars, old, young and all in between are set to find thrills galore at this year's Music Muster. Even the new Kidz Klub will provide an alternative for the young ones not wanting to sit through a concert.

Gympie Times

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