|Gympie Music Muster|
Main stage at the 2015 Gympie Music Muster
|Date(s)||Last weekend in August|
|Location(s)||Amamoor Creek State Forest, near Gympie, Queensland|
|Next event||25-28 August 2016|
|Organised by||Apex Club of Gympie|
The Muster started as a community fundraiser in 1982 and has now grown to a four-day festival attracting musicians from across Australia and internationally. The 2015 Gympie Muster attracted a crowd of over 23,000.
A fundraising initiative of the Apex Club of Gympie, the Muster is a registered charity with all profits distributed among worthy community groups and charity partners, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fundraiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 35 local community groups involved in the event's success.
Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $15,000,000 dollars for local community groups and charity partners Australia-wide.
The music festival is sited in the Amamoor Creek State Forest. In 2012, a fully equipped field hospital was staffed in an effort to ensure safety and deal with medical emergencies.
The venue for The Muster is in picturesque Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland. Located 40-kilometres southwest of Gympie, it's an easy drive 2-hours north of Brisbane, just 40-minutes from Noosa and the heritage listed Fraser Island is also in the region. The event is family friendly with children under 12 admitted free and the ambience is about safe and non-threatening event environment where everyone can come together under the stars for some great entertainment.
There are over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment for those who want to immerse themselves in The Muster experience and facilities include food stalls, bars and baristas. The entry ticket price gives Muster patrons free camping and access to the multiple venues and all performances.
In late August 2016, Australia's largest charity festival kicked off for four days of mates, music, and making a difference.
Celebrating its 35th year in 2016, the festival delivered Australian Music with 120 artists in over 300 performances across the multiple venues of the festival.
2016 headline acts included a who's who of Australia's biggest stars of Country Music including Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey. They were joined from Canada by Gord Bamford, Delta Blues artist Corey Harris and also from the US comedian Rodney Carrington plus a host of Aussie favorites including O'Shea, The Wolfe Brothers, Shane Nicholson and others.
Co-founder of The Gympie Muster and legendary country musician, Berard Webb of The Webb Brothers, says The Muster has always been about 'mates, music and making a difference.'
Mates4Mates is Gympie Muster's charity partner for 2016. Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who have physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. They have Family Recovery Centres located in Brisbane, Townsville and Hobart.
As well as mainstream Australian country the event showcases the breadth of contemporary Australian country: from folk and Bush ballad, to alternative country. Notable musical artists performing at the Muster in previous years include: Keith Urban, Rodney Carrington, Gord Bamford, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts, Caitlyn Shadbolt