Lauren Cameron finds that Deni Ute Muster has something more to offer than utes and bullrides this year – legendary Aussie rock band Cold Chisel.
Flame trees, some cheap wine, and a ute muster. The famous, or is that more infamous, Deni Ute muster couldn’t be more Aussie now legendary rockers Cold Chisel are set to headline this October.
The festival started back in 1999 in a world record attempt to host the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world. Twelve years on, the number of utes driving in through the cattle grids is over 7000.
The highlight this year is of course the announcement that Cold Chisel, fronted by Aussie icon Jimmy Barnes, will be headlining the muster.
“Cold Chisel is the best band I have ever played with,” said Barnes. “Whenever the five of us get together sparks fly and something beautiful happens.”
It will be Cold Chisel’s only major performance this year, so if you’re a die-hard fan, this could be your big opportunity to see them stirring up some desert dust.
The festival itself takes place on an oasis of green at the edge of the Riverina plain, welcome to the beginning of the outback.
With entertainment, extreme sports, competitions and family events, the muster isn’t just for ute-enthusiasts. The site includes a huge family camping area catering for caravans, camper trailers and mobile homes –as well as utes of course.
Deniliquin Ute Muster
Deniliquin, Southern Riverina, New South Wales
1-2nd October 2010