Busted mi­cro­phone leads to ‘bluey’ sing-along high­light

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - DENI UTE MUSTER 2017 - By JAMIE LOWE

While there weren’t record num­bers gath­ered for the Blue Sin­glet World Record Count this year, the crowd of ‘bluey mus­ter­ers’ still pro­vided a high­light of the fes­ti­val on Saturday.

The of­fi­cial count was 1,941 peo­ple wear­ing blue sin­glets at the front of the main stage in an at­tempt to break the Muster’s record of 3,959.

But it felt like the crowd was big­ger when a tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty saw co­me­dian Pete De­nahy’s mi­cro­phone stop work­ing which led to a mass sing-along. The crowd kept them­selves en­ter­tained and showed their true Aussie spirit by belt­ing out ‘Waltz­ing Matilda’ and then ‘Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair’.

Ute Muster gen­eral man­ager Vicky Lowry said the crowd sing-along gave her goose­bumps.

‘‘Ev­ery year the Muster has one mem­ory that stands out in your mind and the sin­glet count was that mo­ment this year,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one singing along and com­ing to­gether like that re­ally sums up our event — show­ing the true spirit of Aus­tralia.

‘‘And it was bet­ter to have the mi­cro­phone fault dur­ing the count rather than when the artists were per­form­ing!’’

The Sunny Cow­girls were once again in­volved with the sin­glet count and Chan­nel 7 pre­sen­ter Larry Em­dur also took to the stage to take a ‘selfie’ with the crowd at his first Ute Muster.

The crowd of blue sin­glets also had other var­i­ous colours through­out, with plenty of Rich­mond and Ade­laide scarves and guernseys.

There was also the tra­di­tional re­lease of the pink bal­loons at the end of the count, and a small cam­era drone caught peo­ple’s eyes hov­er­ing over­head.

Mrs Lowry said it was fan­tas­tic to see a few dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in the blue sin­glet crowd.

‘‘We saw a lot of peo­ple later in the day with blue sin­glets that didn’t have (blue sin­glet count) stick­ers,’’ she said.

‘‘But it’s not all about break­ing records; it’s about ev­ery­one hav­ing fun.’’

Al­most 2000 peo­ple donned their ‘bluey’ sin­glets for the World Record at­tempt on Saturday.

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