AFTER a year hiatus, the Gunnedah Country Music Muster is back stronger than ever in 2021.
Covid restrictions forced the cancellation of the 2020 event, but now organisers are powering ahead with plans for the March 23 to 28 muster at the Gunnedah Showground.
Event organiser Rex Baldwin said a 2 square metres per person rule will apply, however he's confident the venue will cater for crowds.
"Because of the square metres of the hall we use, we should be able to cater for numbers quite comfortably, given the visitors we've had in the past," he said.
"We're in the process at the moment of putting in place a Covid-safe plan, which will be done under the banner of the Gunnedah Show Society.
"As soon as that's organised we will be right to go."
The event mainly caters to the 'out-of-towners' and the travelling nomads, Baldwin said.
"Similar to Tamworth Country Music Festival, with the influx of travelers and caravaners coming from all over the place - a lot of our clientele comes from out of town," he added.
Three days of the event - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 24 to 26 - will be dedicated to walk-up artists wanting to try their hand at performing.
Walk-ups will begin at 9am and go all day, culminating in a Friday night walk-up concert with the people's choice winner to join award winning artists singing on the main stage on Saturday.
The Saturday concert begins at 12pm and features local talent and artists from right across the state. There is also a Sunday concert kicking off from 9am.
"The artists we've got are very good artists, but we don't have the Troy Cassar-Daleys or Lee Kernaghans," Baldwin laughed.
"They are far too expensive - so we've picked the better artists that are in a range that we can afford.
"Those people can hold their own against many of those other singers as far as I'm concerned."
The concert will feature Grant Luhrs, who owns a recording studio in Wagga Wagga; Bob Easter from Maitland who sings mainly Slim Dusty songs; former Gunnedah local John Lynch; Max Maher from Casino; Rob Breese from Tamworth, Rex Baldwin and his partner Val Williamson; Kevin Goodbun; Geoff Clapson and Anita Rae.
Tickets are $20 per person per day.
For bookings or more information contact the show society on 6742 1867, or Rex Baldwin on 0428 486 134.