Jessica Gilmore is ready for the 2010 Optus Muster. It’ is the R.M. Williams employee’s first time at the music festival which started yesterday and runs until Sunday.
Jessica Gilmore is ready for the 2010 Optus Muster. It’ is the R.M. Williams employee’s first time at the music festival which started yesterday and runs until Sunday. Craig Warhurst

Muster kicks off to rocking start

KICKING off the Optus National Music Muster at Amamoor yesterday were thousands of happy campers, sunshine and some great music.

Muster chairman Carl Green reckons this year’s bumper line up of entertainment is the best in 10 years and if you don’t have a ticket yet you should get in quickly.

Ticket sales at the 2010 Muster are up this year, something Mr Green did expect due to the number of exciting acts booked.

“The Muster office does a very good job of securing talent for the Muster,” he said.

The weather had been great, Mr Green said, with summery days and a couple of nightly showers keeping dust at bay.

The big names, Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, are who the Apex Club stalwart is hoping to see while he camps at the Muster this year. He’s also keen to see local band Duke Wilde, who are making their Muster main stage debut.

“People fly from America to play the main stage. It’s good to get local guys up there.”

The Muster will be getting some great national coverage this year, with the Today Show doing live broadcasts over the weekend and WIN’s Postcards Australia covering the event.

“I think it’s just a sign of how the event has grown and a reflection of the line up of entertainment this year.”

Mr Green said last year’s total fire ban was over, with this year’s campers able to light a match between 5pm and 9am – something that has made the masses very happy.

This year marks Mr Green’s last year as Muster chairman.

“I’ve had a very good run, but after two years I’m very exhausted and we need some young blood.”

So far no one has put their hand up to run the iconic event for the next two years.

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