Deni Ute Muster: Brad Paisley, Jessica Mauboy and The Angels Headline Australia’s Wildest Festival

The Deni Ute Muster festival has kicked off in full swing on the outskirts of the interior, and that’s even before it officially kicks off.

The two-day party of live music, booze and, most of all, utes, takes place on Friday and Saturday, but a huge crowd has already started piling up on Thursday night in Deniliquin, NSW.

Mullet haircuts, burnouts and cans of Bundaberg rum are just the start of the fun with the uniquely Australian event dubbed the nation’s wildest festival.

Around 20,000 people are expected over the next few days to celebrate all things Australian, especially the Australian icon that is the beloved utility vehicle.

Mark Williscroft poses for a photo with his ute during the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW on Thursday 29th September 2022. The gathering celebrates all things Australian, the Ute icon and this man's mullet.

Mark Williscroft poses for a photo with his ute during the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW on Thursday 29th September 2022. The gathering celebrates all things Australian, the Ute icon and this man’s mullet.

Participants take part in the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster on Thursday, September 29, 2022 with their huge truck.

Participants take part in the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster on Thursday, September 29, 2022 with their huge truck.

Participants take part in the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster on Thursday, September 29, 2022 with their huge truck.

Revelers are pictured at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW on Thursday 29th September 2022. Fires are about as popular as cans of Bundy at the Muster

Revelers are pictured at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW on Thursday 29th September 2022. Fires are about as popular as cans of Bundy at the Muster

Revelers are pictured at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW on Thursday 29th September 2022. Fires are about as popular as cans of Bundy at the Muster

This woman is ready to show the world that not only men can get in a truck and drink a beer at the same time.

This woman is ready to show the world that not only men can get in a truck and drink a beer at the same time.

This woman is ready to show the world that not only men can get in a truck and drink a beer at the same time.

There are ATV driving competitions, the Australian National Circle Work Championships, the show and shine arena and bull riding.

This year is also a big event for music lovers, with legendary American country star Brad Paisley, pop star Jessica Mauboy, songwriter John Williamson and rock and roll legends The Angels headlining.

Other top acts appearing at the festival include Busby Marou, Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley, Shannon Noll, Sara Storer, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham, Shane Nicholson and many more.

The festival, which began in 1999 when the area was battling a devastating drought, remains a true community event.

In the photo, three young people angry against the death of the light at the beginning of the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster festival

In the photo, three young people angry against the death of the light at the beginning of the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster festival

In the photo, three young people angry against the death of the light at the beginning of the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster festival

A clean ute, beer and friends make a great start to the 2022 Deniliquin Ute Muster festival on September 29

A clean ute, beer and friends make a great start to the 2022 Deniliquin Ute Muster festival on September 29

A clean ute, beer and friends make a great start to the 2022 Deniliquin Ute Muster festival on September 29

Very often at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival, the real fun starts after dark, even if it's Thursday and the festival doesn't officially start until Friday.

Very often at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival, the real fun starts after dark, even if it's Thursday and the festival doesn't officially start until Friday.

Very often at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival, the real fun starts after dark, even if it’s Thursday and the festival doesn’t officially start until Friday.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival began as a way to pay homage to the Australian legend that is the ute, but alcohol also plays a big part in the fun.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival began as a way to pay homage to the Australian legend that is the ute, but alcohol also plays a big part in the fun.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival began as a way to pay homage to the Australian legend that is the ute, but alcohol also plays a big part in the fun.

Each year, around 1,200 volunteers are mobilized to help organize the event and, after each meeting, around $100,000 is donated to community groups.

With 20,000 people arriving in a city with a population of around 8,000, the Murray River Police District has urged drivers to be careful on the road.

Detective Sgt. Monica Barham said a festival of this size needs a lot of planning for safety.

‘It’s a great event for us. Planning and preparation start a month in advance,’ he said. Rivera’s Herald.

“We work closely with the event organizers to coordinate a safe police operation.”

Fire, friends, utes and Australian flags are the order of the night at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival in New South Wales

Fire, friends, utes and Australian flags are the order of the night at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival in New South Wales

Fire, friends, utes and Australian flags are the order of the night at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival in New South Wales

It wouldn't be a modern festival if there weren't people lighting up the night sky with their phone lights as they film the party.

It wouldn't be a modern festival if there weren't people lighting up the night sky with their phone lights as they film the party.

It wouldn’t be a modern festival if there weren’t people lighting up the night sky with their phone lights as they film the party.

Judging by the number of people covering their ears with their hands, something very strong just happened when this photo was taken.

Judging by the number of people covering their ears with their hands, something very strong just happened when this photo was taken.

Judging by the number of people covering their ears with their hands, something very strong just happened when this photo was taken.

Mark Williscroft's mullet and ute are so luscious they should be featured in another photo of the Deniliquin Ute Muster.

Mark Williscroft's mullet and ute are so luscious they should be featured in another photo of the Deniliquin Ute Muster.

Mark Williscroft’s mullet and ute are so luscious they should be featured in another photo of the Deniliquin Ute Muster.

While mullets are hugely popular at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster Festival, this man proves that beards will find a home there, too.

While mullets are hugely popular at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster Festival, this man proves that beards will find a home there, too.

While mullets are hugely popular at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster Festival, this man proves that beards will find a home there, too.

Sergeant Barham said Muster allows revelers to support local communities and businesses.

“All we hope is that the attendees are safe, that we don’t have any major incidents, and that everyone can once again enjoy the spirit of Deni Ute Muster,” he said.

As well as knowing how to party, Deni Ute Muster is also known for breaking unusual records, and many are eager to see what could interest the Guinness Book of Records this year.

The strangest record it holds is for the most people gathered in one place wearing a blue jersey, with 3,924 counted in 2013.

However, given the number of people looking to relax after lockdowns, the record broken this year could be the most empty beer cans ever gathered in one place.

Around 20,000 people are expected for the 2022 edition of the Deniliquin Ute Muster, with many arriving on Thursday, like the ones pictured.

Around 20,000 people are expected for the 2022 edition of the Deniliquin Ute Muster, with many arriving on Thursday, like the ones pictured.

Around 20,000 people are expected for the 2022 edition of the Deniliquin Ute Muster, with many arriving on Thursday, like the ones pictured.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival hasn't even officially started, but your man is already getting into the spirit of things with a vengeance.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival hasn't even officially started, but your man is already getting into the spirit of things with a vengeance.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival hasn’t even officially started, but your man is already getting into the spirit of things with a vengeance.

Mark Williscroft appears for the third time, this time with his two-year-old son, Logan, who also has a very fine mullet, like his father.

Mark Williscroft appears for the third time, this time with his two-year-old son, Logan, who also has a very fine mullet, like his father.

Mark Williscroft appears for the third time, this time with his two-year-old son, Logan, who also has a very fine mullet, like his father.

It's not surprising that the poll dance might play a part in the Deniliquin Ute Muster, but perhaps having a man dance is a bit unusual.

It's not surprising that the poll dance might play a part in the Deniliquin Ute Muster, but perhaps having a man dance is a bit unusual.

It’s not surprising that the poll dance might play a part in the Deniliquin Ute Muster, but perhaps having a man dance is a bit unusual.

Hi all, these revelers have already amassed a sizable collection of empty beer cans, and there's still plenty of partying to be done.

Hi all, these revelers have already amassed a sizable collection of empty beer cans, and there's still plenty of partying to be done.

Hi all, these revelers have already amassed a sizable collection of empty beer cans, and there’s still plenty of partying to be done.

Saving the best for last, this is almost certainly the best ute in this year's Deniliquin Ute Muster.  But we'll see.  There are still two days of solid fun to come.

Saving the best for last, this is almost certainly the best ute in this year's Deniliquin Ute Muster.  But we'll see.  There are still two days of solid fun to come.

Saving the best for last, this is almost certainly the best ute in this year’s Deniliquin Ute Muster. But we’ll see. There are still two days of solid fun to come.

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