Organisers of the highly popular Gympie Country Music festival have cancelled this years event set for August 27-30 at the Amamoor State Forest.
Muster Chairman, Greg Cavanagh said that while restrictions on movement and gatherings may ease by August, it has become clear that moving forward with the Muster this year would not tenable or responsible.
"This decision was made with a heavy heart, but following consultation with government and health officials, we know it is the right one and in the best interests of our artists, patrons, staff, contractors, volunteers and the community at large," he said.
"We are confident the Gympie Muster can weather this storm and will be back bigger and better for our 40th year celebrations in 2021."
In the process of amalgamating this year's artists into next, Programmer, Emily Murphy, has her sights set on creating a very special program for the big anniversary.
"We are working hard to deliver a wonderful celebration of our resilience and incredible live, original music for our 40th year. The line-up will include Australian icons and Muster favourites with a few surprises in store!
"We are also looking at innovative and sustainable ways to support and bring the community together for a small slice of Muster throughout the next 12 months as restrictions continue to ease."
Gympie Mayor, Glen Hartwig said the Gympie Muster is an iconic event that has helped shape this region for 39 years.
"Its loss this year will be keenly felt by the community but the right decision has been made. The Council is 100 per cent behind Muster and we look forward to celebrating together next year."
All festival and camping tickets purchased for the 2020 Gympie Music Muster are fully refundable or transferable to the 2021 festival, with patrons to receive an email shortly.
An unmissable and uniquely Australian festival, Gympie Music Muster is a not-for-profit event raising in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception.
The Gympie Music Muster will celebrate its 40th festival in the forest, Thursday August 26 to Sunday August 29, 2021 in Queensland's stunning Sunshine Coast hinterland.
For updates head to the Gympie Music Muster website https://www.muster.com.au.