That's a wrap: Gympie Muster celebrates 35 years in style
ALL of the elements came together to make this year's Gympie Muster one of the best in the festival's 35-year history.
Picture-perfect winter weather, bumper crowds, site layout changes and new technology all helped to create a magic long weekend for country music lovers who flocked to Amamoor State Forest.
"This was one of those years where the weather was good, the crowd was great and the site changes worked really well," Muster executive director David Gibson told APN.
"Last year we had 23,000 attendants over the four days and I would expect once the number are finalised we will be over 25,000 so (attendance) is definitely up.
"We've even had people buying day tickets to come on Sunday which is fantastic when you think it's the last day of the festival."
Mr Gibson said he was encouraged by how well festival-goers embraced new RFID wristbands, which allowed them to pay for food and drinks with a swipe.
"As of Saturday night $900,000 was placed on to those chips,' he said.
"Not all of that was sold on the bar, so some people will get refunds but it tells me they were really confident to put their money on them. They trusted the technology and that bodes really well for us. I think there will be other music festivals that will follow in our footsteps because of what we've done.
"We've been around for 35 years and if you want to be around for another 35 years you've got keep innovating and embracing changes, and this is one of them that's worked really well."
The only hiccup of this year's event was the mysterious early exit by US comedian Rodney Carrington who inexplicably left his Crowbar show on Saturday night after just 20 minutes, much to the confusing of the 4000-plus fans in attendance.
At the time of printing his management had still not released an official statement about why he left the festival and missed his meet and greet with fans scheduled after his show.
"We are beyond disappointed; we are devastated," Mr Gibson said. "I hope it's not a health issue but at this point we have nothing back from (his) management."
Luckily for fans Aussie favourites including Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and Caitlyn Shadbolt all showed up to help finish the festival on a high yesterday evening.
Daley paused in between songs during his intimate show at The Grove to share stories about his childhood, moving to Tamworth and becoming friends with his idol Slim Dusty.
Gympie local Caitlyn Shadbolt, who recently returned from songwriting workshops in Nashville and Bali, treated fans to some new songs yesterday during her set at the Muster Club.