MUSTER HAD A BLAST: Melissa Houston, Kammie Garner, Nedizah Thierry and Renee Williams were four of almost 27,000 people through Muster gates over four days.
MUSTER HAD A BLAST: Melissa Houston, Kammie Garner, Nedizah Thierry and Renee Williams were four of almost 27,000 people through Muster gates over four days. Renee Albrecht

27,000 through Muster gates over four days

MUSTER organisers have hailed the weekend's 35th annual Gympie Music Muster an outstanding success, with almost 27,000 through the gate over the four days.

Bright blue skies and sun filled days combined with a wickedly cold Saturday night and a bizarre departure from headline act Rodney Carrington, whose management has still failed to explain his disappearance today after performing just 20 minutes of his Muster act.

A significant increase in day tripper numbers this year is believed to have helped boost visitor numbers from a hopeful expectation of 25,000 to just 91 shy of 27,000.

There was an increase in patron numbers from the UK, US and interstate, all mingling with Queensland locals who collectively contributed to the economic injection to the local Gympie region of more than $6 million.

"The vibe on-site has been fantastic,” Muster executive director David Gibson said.

"The crowds were happy, the artists delivered incredible performances in venues nestled amongst the trees and the campers were well behaved.”

The fundraising efforts for this year's charity partner, Mates4Mates, exceeded all expectations. Artists and patrons joined forces to show their support over and above for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. Part of this success has also been attributed to the local Gympie volunteer groups.

Amongst the 600 artists, musicians and crew involved in more than 300 performances were the cream of Australian country music including Kasey Chambers, icon John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley and Muster Ambassador Beccy Cole.

While the Wolfe Brothers rocked the crowd till the wee hours, other venues drew in the crowds for more intimate performances by Canadian blues legend Charlie A'Court, Shane Nicholson, and the new guard including Caitlyn Shadbolt and Fanny Lumsden.

The Muster continues to adapt and change each year to their patrons needs. This year was no exception with the introduction of new technology such as the RFID wristbands which proved to be a highlight as Muster goers embraced this new way of 'cashless' spending. More than $1 million was placed on the wristbands for patrons to move around the grounds and purchase drinks and food hassle free. The venue changes implemented this year were well received with a much better flow, and the new entry gate arrangements made the arrival process seamless, organisers said/

The 35 year celebration culminated on Sunday night with Main Stage converged on by Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, Drew McAlister, Adam Harvey, Lyn Bowtell, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Warren H. Williams and Dani Young, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Fanny Lumsden, Missy Lancaster and many more to collaborate on a grand finale.

Joining the significant milestone this year was the man who made it all happen back in 1982, without whom none of this would have been made possible, Berard Webb.

Co-founder of the Gympie Music Muster and one third of the award winning Webb Brothers, Berard was thrilled to see what has transpired from the small celebration on their family property to the iconic event that has become the Gympie Music Muster 35 years later and has a life for another 35 years to come. 

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2016 in numbers

287,000,000 sheets of loo paper

$1 million placed in RFID wristbands

783,320 Facebook reach

35,600 litres of diesel for the generators

2038 volunteers on site

842 star pickets

350m fencing wire

336 drumsticks

300 performances over 5 stages

220 portaloos

150 artists

51 artist CD signings


44 Fender guitar amps

32 generators

15 gators

14 light towers

5.5 tonne of hot chips