Coffs Coast Country Muster, Saturday Night: Justin Standley sits back on acoustic.
Coffs Coast Country Muster, Saturday Night: Justin Standley sits back on acoustic. Rob Wright

Country muster stirs up a whole lot of fun

IT WAS no X-Factor, but the inaugural Coffs Coast Country Muster stirred up a whole lot of fun over the weekend.

The muster kicked off last Wednesday and featured some of the genre's big names.

Feature artists included Lindsay Butler and Laura Downing and the entertainment put enthusiasts on the edge on their seat right through until the end of the event on Monday.

Organiser Jeanette Jones said everything ran smoothly.

She said thought would be given to venue options for future events.

"We will move when we out-grow the venue," Ms Jones said.

"This year, the whole event received massive positive feedback."

A lot of people were keen, she said, to have the event again in the same place.

"The feedback was very positive," she said. "We had people come across from South Australia and acknowledge how well it was run."

With the Muster in its maiden year, it will look to capitalise on the experience.

The possibility of pastures anew are not out of the question. Ms Jones said organisers knew the event would be well received. But they were not expecting the numbers that turned up.

"To have that response was fantastic," she said.

"Next year will be a Buddy Williams tribute.

"We will also put more of an emphasis on local artists. We had a few locals this year, but we want to encourage local country music."


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