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Gympie Music Muster gets $1 million for 40th anniversary bash

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To celebrate the 40th birthday of the postponed Gympie Music Muster, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Fanny Lumsden are headlining, with an added cash injection of $1 million from the federal government’s RISE fund.

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The lineup mostly reflects the original lineup from 2019, which had Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, and Troy Cassar-Daley leading the charge.

Now in 2022 the Muster is expected to return in full force across five stages at the Amamoor State Forest in Gympie in the four day camping event held in August 2022.

Thirty-seven time Golden Guitar winner Lee Kernaghan will headline, Kernaghan will return to the Muster on tour for his 15th studio album ‘Backroad Nation’.

“The Gympie Muster holds a special place in my heart,” Kernaghan said.

“The atmosphere is always electric and next year’s Muster will be extra special as it falls into my 30th Anniversary Tour.

“Thirty years since ‘The Outback Club’ album was released definitely calls for a party, and that is what will be happening on the hill at the legendary Gympie Muster 2022. It’s gonna be a big one. See you all there.”

Headlining Gympie Muster alongside Kernaghan is Australian country music icon John Williamson, who performed at the first Gympie Muster in 1982 held at a cattle station 30km from Gympie.

Joining them is award-winning country artist Kasey Chambers, the youngest female to be inducted to the ARIA Hall of Fame, acclaimed singer-songwriter Adam Brand, and 37 time Golden Guitar winner Troy Cassar-Daley.

The Gympie Muster has announced a line-up which is 100 artists strong, with highlights including Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band, Fanny Lumsden, and Diesel.

The Festival has been postponed for two years due to ongoing health concerns regarding Covid-19.

The Gympie Music Muster was awarded $1 million from the federal government’s sixth batch of its $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund, aiming to get the festival back on its feet.

“Gympie Music Muster is an iconic Gympie event, which is celebrating its 40th year in 2022 after two years of pandemic restrictions… with $1 million in funding,” said Llew O Brien, federal member for Wide Bay.

“The Gympie Muster committee has worked hard and shown remarkable resilience to keep this beloved event running, and this investment will help ensure it will come back even better and brighter than before.

“The Muster hosts more than 100 artists over four days and attracts 10,000 visitors a day from all over Australia, injecting nearly $4 million into the Gympie economy and supporting local jobs in hospitality and tourism so it’s fantastic news for the whole community.”

The Gympie Music Muster kicks off on 25 August and runs until 28 August at Amamoor State Forest, Gympie, for more information visit their website. 

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