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February 15, 2018 Events / Whats On No Comments Email Email

The Gympie Music Muster has launched its brand new line-up for 2018, upholding its 37-year tradition of bringing patrons true, grassroots country favourites. As one of Australia’s largest charity festivals, the Muster has a unique community spirit, based on collaboration and artist to audience connection. This year marks a return to their heritage, after the 2017 festival showcased the emphasis on community that sets the Muster apart.

In 2017, more than ten headliners made surprise guest appearances in one another’s performances, collaborative events such as the Fender Guitar Jam drew bumper crowds, and audience members were given their own special chance to shine on stage with huge country stars. Patrons should expect nothing less from this year’s festival, as the Gympie Music Muster again brings together a family of artists to share their craft, and joins together performer and audience with an intimacy not seen at any other festival of this size.

At a launch event held at Gympie’s iconic Old Gympie Railway station last night, organisers revealed the headliners to perform at this year’s Muster, across four massive days from the 23rd to 26th August, 2018.

The first line-up announcement features…




…plus many more still to be announced.

Gympie Music Muster Program Director Jeff Chandler said this year’s line-up featured the cream of Australian country music, coupled with some of the hottest blues acts on the circuit.

“Musicians like Ian Moss, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and Hat Fitz & Cara have real history with the Muster, and form part of our extended family of artists who regularly return to keep crowds entertained.”

“But what sets our festival apart is that it’s so much more than a line-up.  Throw in intimate Songwriter Sessions, an all-star guitar-shredding jam, line and rock ’n roll dancing, instrument workshops and some surprise collaborations, and you begin to understand why the Muster is a diverse and unique program that simply can’t be experienced anywhere else.”

The launch event also announced this year’s ambassador, TROY CASSAR-DALEY, a regular performer at the festival and much loved member of the Gympie Music Muster family. Most recently winning the Golden Guitar for Album of the Year in 2017, Troy has amassed a slew of accolades throughout his 30-year career, including four ARIA’s, 36 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year Awards, and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards. A true country superstar, Troy can’t wait to return to the Muster.

“The Gympie Muster has given me many things and some great experiences, playing with my old friends the Blue Heeler Band in the early stages of my career around 1992, then meeting my future wife Laurel Edwards there back stage in 1993 now 22 years married!” said Troy. “This means the Muster and I have quite a lot of personal history and every time I grace that stage the memories come flooding back of all those amazing times. I am so proud to be an ambassador in 2018 and can’t wait to share some tunes with you all up there!”

Troy performed at last night’s launch event on-board the soon-to-be resurrected Mary Valley Rattler train, an upcoming tourist attraction in the Gympie area.

Joining Troy on the line-up is Australia’s most celebrated country music star LEE KERNAGHAN, who has sold more than two million albums in Australia to date and has achieved a staggering 34 # 1 charting songs over his career. A favourite at the charity-driven Muster, KERNAGHAN is a long-time and passionate supporter of rural and regional Australia, having raised millions of dollars for drought, flood and bushfire relief, as well as being awarded an Order of Australia Medal and being named Australian of the Year in 2008.

The line-up also boasts legends such as the multi-award winning JOHN WILLIAMSON and former member of Cold Chisel, IAN MOSS, along with favourites such as songstress BECCY COLE, sweet storyteller SARA STORER, Australia’s Got Talent runners up THE WOLFE BROTHERS, and many more.

Held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, two hours north of Brisbane and 40 minutes from Noosa, the Muster is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy some of the country’s best talent. An unmissable and uniquely Australian event, one ticket price gives Muster goers free camping and multi-venue access to all performances, to experience everything Australia’s biggest country music celebration has to offer.

Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception. It also gives a multi-million dollar boost to Queensland’s tourism sector every year, providing an economic boom for the region.

The Gympie Music Muster runs from Thursday August 23 to Sunday August 26, 2018 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. Tickets are available via​

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