Australian country music royalty Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell are the first of 100+ artists to be announced for Australia’s iconic Gympie Music Muster, 22-25 August.
Music fans will be happy to find more festival favourites in Luke O’Shea and Felicity Urquhart, as well as an exciting foray into the gritty stylings of rock legends Tex Perkins and former INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss, who is making his country music debut.
Gympie Music Muster Program Coordinator, Emily Murphy said the 2019 lineup upholds Muster’s 38-year tradition of true, grassroots country favourites coupled with an exciting element of discovery across a broader range of genres.
“Musicians like Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell have real history with the Muster and are a special part of our extended family of artists who regularly return as crowd favourites.
“Muster-goers also love the element of surprise and discovery that Muster brings, so we have Tex and Andrew Farris, as well as incredible young Australian blues artist, Caiti Baker and James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, one of Melbourne’s best-loved country and honky tonk bands, to name a few!”
Miss Murphy said Muster’s full program is what truly sets it apart, “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.”
Announced as the 2019 Gympie Muster Ambassador, eight-times Golden Guitar winner, Felicity Urquhart recalls her first taste of “Muster magic.”
“I remember my first ever Muster experience 27 years ago like it was yesterday! I was a high school girl from Tamworth making the road trip with family and even as the first tent peg was hammered in the ground we knew were with kindred spirits.
“Surrounded by laughter, new faces, stories, music and mateship, I took my first walk to main stage and looking down the hill I knew then and there I wanted to be part of the magic for years to come.
“Over the decades the Muster keeps evolving and this year a new chapter begins.”
Held in 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 22 to Sunday August 25, 2019 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. Tickets are available via www.muster.com.au.
Full first lineup announcement
Gympie Music Muster Fast Facts & Links, including image library
Artist bios & high res images
Felicity Urquhart, Emily Murphy and various artists are available for interviews and photographs upon request to Kylie Cobb: firstname.lastname@example.org M. 0402 434 523 or Lori Hoffman: email@example.com M. 0438 159 962
First 2019 Gympie Muster Lineup Announcement
Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band
Andrew Farriss and the Rainmakers
8 Ball Aitken
The Wilson Pickers
Kirsty Lee Akers
Amy Nelson (CAN)
The Dungarees (CAN)
James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
…plus many more still to be announced.
GYMPIE MUSTER LINKS & FAST FACTS
The Gympie Music Muster celebrates mates, music and making a difference in its 38th year.
Over the past 37 years it has grown from a small celebration to an iconic event that defines the Gympie region.
Held from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 August 2019 Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s largest charity festival, run by the community, for the community, raising in excess of $15 million for charity and community groups since it began.
The Muster is a fundraising initiative of the Apex Club of Gympie. All surplus funds benefit the local community and designated charity partners.
Generations of Muster goers return annually to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere – there are no strangers at the Muster, only friends you haven’t met yet!
The Muster provides local, regional and national artists and songwriters an opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest outdoor audiences in regional Australia.
The 2018 event has been measured to have contributed more than $6 million towards the Queensland economy.
The community is The Muster’s most valued resource with more than 15,000 volunteer hours given to the 2018 event.
The Muster is the quintessential Australian entertainment experience, bringing music and mate-ship together under one big open roof and offering a camping and leisure experience like no other. It celebrates the true spirit of country Australia and the strength and resilience of regional communities.
While contained in the picturesque Amamoor Creek State Forest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the event offers its patrons every luxury. Bars, Food Stalls, Baristas and five-star camping; there is no need to skimp on quality when patrons make their way to the Muster.
The event is family friendly (kids under 12 are admitted free) and focuses on providing a safe and non-threatening event.