HANG tight on your hats - as the inaugural Macksville Music Muster is about to roll into the Nambucca Valley with the bang of a six-shooter.
The Muster will run from Thursday to Sunday at the Macksville Showground and the organisers are feeling assured about the talent on offer, and crowd numbers.
The country music cavalcade is the brainchild of acclaimed performer Vanessa Sanger, who is coordinating the festival together with Rotary - and the charity Royal Far West will be the beneficiary of the showcase.
"We are looking good for 200 to 300 caravans at the Showground. We've already had 80 bookings online and heaps of inquiries. There will be people coming from right across NSW and from Queensland," Vanessa said.
"The caravanners all travel together - and I guess some of them aren't into websites so we are expecting a lot to just roll up."
While pre-event ticket sales have been strong, Vanessa expects a surge of purchases at the gate - for day or night passes or season tickets.
"There's already a buzz around town so everyone knows it's on. The talent we have is quite different to the usual musters. We've brought in new people and local people," Vanessa said. "There'll be just a really relaxed country atmosphere."
For more information visit www.macksvillemusicmuster.com.au
Thursday: 7am-9am Bush Poets-walk ups Main Stage, 9am-12pm Walk ups Main Stage. 1pm-6pm Walk ups Main Stage. 7pm-9pm Various Main Stage Artists Macksville RSL Club
Friday: 7am-9am Bush Poets-walk ups Main Stage, 9am-12pm Walk ups Main Stage. 2pm-6pm Bob Howson Main Stage, with Kate Hindle, Vanessa Sanger, Brendan Smoother, Graham Howle, Matt Scullion, Steve Passfield and Errol Gray. 7pm-10 pm Rob Breeze Main Stage, with Lach McKay, Gottani Sisters, Larry Cann, Paul Crowder and Glen Albrecht.
Saturday, March 30: 7am-9am Bush Poets Main Stage. 9am-12pm Graham Howle Main Stage with Brendan Smoother, Dianne Coombes, Rob Breese, Bob Howson and Errol Gray. 1pm-6pm Gottani Sisters Main Stage, with Paul Crowder, Matt Scullion, Dianne Coombes, Kate Hindle, Steve Passfield, Lach McKay, Glen Albrecht, Larry Cann and Vanessa Sanger. 7.30-9.30pm Slim Dusty Tribute Band Main Stage.
Sunday, March 31: 9am-11am Main Show Artists - Gospel section Main Stage. 11am-12pm Salvo Country Band.