Muster signs in­ter­na­tional coun­try star

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The De­niliquin Ute Muster’s birth­day wish has come true, with or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual ‘Play on the Plains’ land­ing US coun­try su­per­star Car­rie Un­der­wood (pic­tured) as the head­line act for the event’s 20th year.

Fes­ti­val gen­eral man­ager Vicky Lowry said Un­der­wood heads up what is be­ing de­scribed as the Ute Muster’s ‘‘big­gest party ever’’, with a huge week­end of mu­sic and around the grounds fun planned for the two days — Fri­day, Septem­ber 28 and Satur­day, Septem­ber 29.

Un­der­wood — a for­mer Amer­i­can Idol win­ner — will wrap up the event as the fi­nal per­former at the Satur­day night con­cert.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a huge cel­e­bra­tion and it’s great for De­niliquin to once again get a su­per­star in­ter­na­tional act for the Ute Muster,’’ Mrs Lowry said.

‘‘Car­rie per­formed along­side Keith Ur­ban when she toured Aus­tralia two years ago, and Keith has been the most pop­u­lar act we’ve ever had on the Muster stage.

‘‘I went to their con­cert two years ago and any­one else who went would also say she was just amaz­ing.

‘‘Car­rie is re­leas­ing her next al­bum in midSeptem­ber, so it ties in well with our event — we’re very ex­cited to have her at the Muster.

‘‘It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to cel­e­brate a spe­cial mile­stone, and muster pa­trons of all ages will not be dis­ap­pointed with the en­ter­tain­ment — 15 hours each day of around the ground ac­tiv­i­ties and Aus­tralian and In­ter­na­tional mu­si­cal acts.

‘‘Whether it’s your first Deni Ute Muster or you’ve been many times be­fore, or it’s your 20th, you’ll be part of the mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tions of Aus­tralia’s most iconic event.’’

Un­der­wood will share the fa­mous Muster main stage with Kasey Cham­bers, Busby Marou, Troy Cas­sarDa­ley, Thirsty Merc, Gord Bam­ford, Travis Collins, Fanny Lums­den, The Pigs, Am­ber Lawrence, Doug Bruce & The Tail­gaters and Kirsty Lee Ak­ers.

Un­der­wood emerged from the prom­ise of her 2005 Amer­i­can Idol win to be­come a true multi-for­mat, multi-me­dia su­per­star, span­ning achieve­ments in mu­sic, tele­vi­sion, and film.

She is a seven-time Grammy Award win­ner who has sold 64 mil­lion records world­wide and recorded 26 num­ber one sin­gles, 13 of which she co-wrote.

Ear­lier this year, Un­der­wood re­leased the hit event an­them The Cham­pion, fea­tur­ing Lu­dacris, to open NBC’s Su­per Bowl. She also re­cently took home her 18th CMT Mu­sic Award (Fe­male Video of the Year for The Cham­pion) and her 14th ca­reer ACM Award (Vo­cal Event of the Year for The Fighter, her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Keith Ur­ban).

Un­der­wood’s sixth stu­dio al­bum, ‘Cry Pretty’, is set to be re­leased on Septem­ber 14 and its ti­tle track has al­ready topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 coun­tries and racked up over 1.3 mil­lion streams in the US.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets are avail­able at­ni­ute­ and at Muster HQ in Hardinge St, De­niliquin.

Re­served Camp­ing can be booked when you pur­chase your ticket but be sure to get in quick to make sure you don’t miss out.

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