The 2008 Toyota Muster programme set to include well-known and new Australian talent
The line-up of talent for the 2008 Toyota National Country Music Festival is set to fill this year's event with an outstanding array of entertainment for all ages.
A program of high profile music acts are expected this year, with the entertainment for the Muster diversifying since last year; with the exception of Australian of the year, Lee Kernaghan performing on the Friday night of Muster 2008.
"The Muster is an opportunity for everybody to be a part of an event that truly demonstrates the spirit of Australia, through the participants, the local and national musicians, and the unique atmosphere", Muster Coordinator, Brian Sansom said.
The entertainment programme has been semi finalised and the programme already includes some incredible talent; such as, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, Steve Forde, Jimmy Barnes, McClymonts, Adam Brand, Tripod; amongst others.
"We are hoping that this year's participants will find the 2008 Muster to be the most enjoyable one, our aim has been to appeal to a wide variety of ages and musical tastes. Our focus also remains on upcoming Australian talent and the support offered to rural Australia through our annual Rural Aid Appeal, run at the Muster", Muster Chairman, Andrew Brook said.
This year's event includes all sorts of entertainment; from comedy, to the Maton Talent Search, with the winner receiving a trip to one of Canada's largest festivals as part of the prize; announced on the final night of the event.
Mr Sansom said, "The artist line-up for the event has been specifically tailored to appeal to a wide demographic and create a diversified festival that caters to various music styles".
The Toyota Gympie Muster runs at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park on August 26-31 in 2008
Toyota National Country Music Muster
26th - 31st August 2008
Ph: 07 5482 2099
The Toyota Muster, held over six magical days and unforgettable nights among the towering gums of Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, celebrates the true spirit of country Australia. It's a phenomenal experience rooted in music and community, far removed from ties and clocks, suits and schedules. Thousands of patrons flock to this iconic event, attracted each year by the smorgasbord of diverse programs rich with our country's finest musicians, the bushland setting laced with inviting whiffs of campfire cooking and fresh bush eucalypt, the easy camaraderie created by convivial patrons all set to simply enjoy themselves... 'there are no strangers at the Muster, just friends you haven't met yet..'
Over the years, the growth of the Toyota Muster has enabled the entertainment line up to diversify into an exciting mix of musical genres while still maintaining its strong country focus - 170 shows total over 227 hours of pure country! As well as traditional and modern country, entertainment within 13 other stages and venues includes an aural collage ranging from folk, bluegrass, balladeers and gospel, to blues, bush poetry, clogging, linedancing, swing and rock 'n roll ... there's even a short film festival and the serious competition of the Maton Talent Search where future careers are established.
Keeping Up to Date:
To keep an eye on the event and program updates as they happen, subscribe to the Muster's FREE electronic newsletter. The newsletter, with some 12,000 current subscribers, is just like a country music magazine, providing up to the minute program and ticket information. The newsletter also includes all the latest news - on CD releases, details of artists' gigs from right around Australia, who's on the charts and general music industry gossip. A quick glance at the headlines keeps you informed, and you can click onto the associated web address for more info.
The Muster & the Community:
Over 50 community groups and 2000 volunteers annually help the event organisers, Gympie Apex Club Inc, to stage this non-profit community-based festival to raise funds to assist charities Australia-wide. Since it's inception in 1982, the Muster has raised over $11M for charities and community groups. The Toyota Muster also raises funds through it's Rural Aid Appeal, annually raising up to $100,000 for it's nominated charity. Funds are raised through sales from a range of merchandise which includes CDs & DVDs, shirts, caps, leathergoods and Bundaberg Rum, Driza-Bone and XXXX merchandise.
This phenomenal festival makes a difference - by giving something back to rural and regional Australia.
2008 ARTISTS CONFIRMED TO DATE
Keep checking as this list grows!
Last 10 artists on our program (certainly not the least important) are The Rustlers, Sally-Anne Whitten, Kel-Anne Brandt, Chris Pickering, Kara Grainger, Mason Rack Band, Steve Apirana and John Schumann (The Lawson Show). These artists will be joined by the Bush Poets lead by Marco Gliori and this year we are thrilled to have David Hamilton and his "puppets" return following his successful appearance in 1995 (this is a show for "kids of all ages"). Melanie Dyer will also join the 2008 program as "side kick" on the Jim Haynes Variety Brekky Show
Just Confirmed: The Wolverines, Peter Denahy, Jessica Belle, Talia Wittman
Recently Confirmed: Adam Brand, 8 Ball Aitken, Slim Dusty Family Reunion Show, Pixie, Nicki Gillis, Rob Black, Paul Greene, Killin' Time, The Stetson Family, Rachel Richards
Previously Confirmed: Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Jimmy Barnes, Pete Murray, The McClymonts, Sunny Cowgirls, Dianna Corcoran, Sara Storer, Karl Broadie, Lou Bradley, Dallas Frasca, Pete Cornelius & The De Villes, Tamara Stewart, Travis Sinclair, Casey Watt, Matt Scullion & The Lost Moments, Jayne Denham, Billy Bridge, Andrew Morris, Markus Meier, Liam Brew, Danny Hooper, Celia Adams, Danny Mack & One Mighty Fine Band, The Gin Club, Chubby Rae & The Elevators, Chris Mawer, Anthony Classen, Psycho Zydeco, Mick Hadley, Laura Downing, Dave Prior, Anita Ree, Rob Cass & The Cosmic Cowboys, Qld Police Service Band of Blue, Michelle Little, Huckleberry Swedes, Stevie Paige, The Cartwheels
Join 'Muster Update' to always be aware of who & what is happening at the 2008 Toyota Muster.
2ND YEAR MUSTER 200 CLUB!
Tickets are now available for the next Muster 200 Club! Join, or join again, to become an exclusive member and be in the draw to win fabulous prizes each month - and lets face it, with only 199 other players, you have to be pretty unlucky if you don't win one of the 206 prizes up for grabs! Join now for only $200. You will also be supporting the Toyota Muster's Rural Aid Appeal.
$10,000 Johnno's Off Road Premier Camper Trailer from Johnno's Campers.
Other Prizes include:
25 x $200 Driza-Bones
180 x $50 Toyota or Bundaberg Rum or Muster Merchandise Open order
Each Ticket holder automatically receives: Two 200 Muster Club embroidered hats for each member valued at $25 each, and an invitation with a guest of your choice to the Muster 200 Club Private Function to be held at the Toyota Muster 2008.
The best result of all is - thanks to the support of the Muster's sponsors and Muster 200 Club members, the Rural Aid Appeal will have at least another $18,000 to carry on its great work.
How to join:
To become a member, visit the muster website for an application form, post to the Muster Office, PO Box 616 Gympie Qld 4570 or subscribe by phone 07 5482 2099, fax 07 5482 7622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an option to pay monthly from your credit card or direct deposit facility - please contact the Muster office to discuss this option.
Runner up prizes will be drawn over a period of seven months commencing January 31, 2008.
Each month the following draws will be made:
3 draws of a Driza-Bone oilskins,
22 draws $50 Toyota or Bundaberg Rum or Muster Merchandise Open order
(Orders redeemable at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie or via phone order/post Muster Office 5482 2099.)
Draw No 1 31 Jan 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 2 29 Feb 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 3 28 Mar 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 4 24 April 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 5 30 May 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 6 27 June 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 7 31 July 2008 at 4.00pm in Conference Room at Muster Office, 199 Mary St, Gympie.
Draw No 8 30 Aug 2008 at 12.00 noon - National Country Music Muster,
Amamoor Creek State Forest Park via Gympie Qld
4 draws of a Driza-Bone
26 draws $50 Toyota or Bundaberg Rum or Muster Merchandise Open order
Major prize draw of $10,000 Johnno's Off Road Premier Camper Trailer
Closing Date: 22 August 2008. Winners notified by email or mail and printed in the Muster Newsletter and Muster Website. Major prize winner will be published in The Gympie Times dated 2 September 2008. Members and immediate family members of 2008 Muster Executive of the APEX Club of Gympie Inc. and staff and immediate families of Sunshine Connections ineligible to enter. All ticket holders have an equal chance in monthly draws of a Driza-Bone, Toyota Merchandise Open Order and Bundaberg Rum Open Order. All ticket holders have an equal chance in major prize draw of the Johnno's Off Road Premier Camper Trailer. Residents from ACT ineligible to enter.
Category 3 Gaming Licence No. 68792 issued by Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation.
Muster 200 Club is a fundraising promotion organised by the Gympie Apex Club Inc. Promoter: Brian Sansom, 199 Mary Street Gympie Qld 4570.
Continued Support From Toyota Australia
Toyota Australia announces that it will maintain its naming rights sponsorship of the 2008 Toyota National Country Music Muster and it's support of the event's Rural Aid Appeal.
Promotions & Events Manager of Toyota Australia, Wayne Gabriel, announced that Toyota would support the 2008 Toyota Muster, with an increased monetary contribution and in addition has donated a new Toyota Camry Altise.
The vehicle will be donated to one of the community groups that the Muster's Rural Aid Appeal will support in 2008.
After the overwhelming success of lasts year's Rural Aid Appeal format, the Toyota Muster has again decided to call for submissions from community groups across Australia, that have been affected due to recent or ongoing drought conditions.
" We had a great response last year using this format which was designed to assist a number of needy community groups, in order to really make a difference" Muster Chairman, Andrew Brook said.
Furthermore Mr Brook said, that he wanted to thank Australian Media for the support received in achieving this successful outcome.
An independent board will again be formed to select eligible community groups Australia wide, of which one will also receive the new Toyota Camry Altise.
" The car valued at around $32,500 will be presented to benefit a selected community group at this year's Toyota Muster on the 31st of August, 2008" Mr Brooks said.
In addition, the Muster will work towards raising upwards of $120,000 to help the nominated community organisations.
For further information on the Toyota National Country Music Muster and Rural Aid Appeal, please visit www.muster.com.au or by phoning 07 5482 2099
26th - 31st August 2008
Ph: 07 5482 2099