The Deni Ute Muster festival has kicked into high gear on the edge of the outback – and that’s before it even officially starts.
The two-day party of live music, booze and, above all, utes will be held on Friday and Saturday, but a big crowd has already started to build on Thursday night in Deniliquin, NSW.
Mullet haircuts, burnouts and cans of Bundaberg Rum are just the beginning of the fun at the uniquely Aussie event dubbed the country’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 tool.
Mark Williscroft poses for a photo of his ute during the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster, in Deniliquin, NSW, Thursday, September 29, 2022. The muster celebrates all things Australian, the icon of the Ute and this man’s mullet
Contestants take part in the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster on Thursday 29 September 2022 with their huge truck
Revelers are pictured at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster in Deniliquin, NSW, Thursday 29 September 2022. Bonfires are almost as popular as cans of Bundy at the Muster
This woman is ready to show the world that it’s not just men who can hang out and drink a beer at the same time
There are outdoor riding 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, headlined by legendary American country star Brad Paisley, pop star Jessica Mauboy, songwriter John Williamson and rock’n’roll legends The Angels.
Other top acts performing 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 started in 1999 when the area was struggling with a crippling drought, remains a true community event.
Three young men are pictured raging against the dying of the lights at the start of the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster festival
A clean ute, beer and friends make for a great start to the Deniliquin Ute Muster 2022 festival on September 29
Very often at the Deniliquin Ute Muster festival the real fun starts after dark, even if it’s on Thursday and the festival doesn’t officially start until Friday
The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival started as a way to pay tribute to the Aussie legend who is ute, but alcohol also plays a big part in the fun
Each year, about 1,200 volunteers mobilize to help organize the event, and after each muster, about $100,000 is donated back to community groups.
With 20,000 people arriving in a town with a population of about 8,000, the Murray River Police District has urged drivers to take care on the way there.
Detective Constable Monica Barham said a festival of this size requires a lot of planning for security.
‘It is a big event for us. The planning and preparation starts months in advance,’ she said Riverina Herald.
‘We are working closely with the organizers of the event to coordinate a secure police operation.’
Fire, friends, utes and Australian flags are the order of the day 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 the lights of their phones while filming the party
Judging by the number of people holding their hands over their ears, something very loud just happened when this photo was taken
Mark Williscroft’s mullet and ute are both so exquisite they have to feature in another image from the Deniliquin Ute Muster
While mullets are very popular at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster festival, this man shows that beards will always find a home there too
Sergeant Barham said the Rally allows the parties to support local communities and businesses.
“All we hope for is that the participants are safe, that we don’t have any major incidents and that everyone can get back to enjoying the spirit of the Deni Ute Muster,” she said.
In addition to knowing how to have fun, 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 most people wearing a blue singlet gathered in one place, with 3,924 counted in 2013.
Considering the amount of people wanting to let their hair down 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, such as those pictured
The Deniliquin Ute Muster festival hasn’t even officially started, but his man is already getting into the spirit of things strongly
Mark Williscroft is featured for the third time, this time with his two-year-old son Logan, who also has a very nice mullet like his dad
It’s not surprising that polling dances might play a role in the Deniliquin Ute Muster, but perhaps having a man dancing is a little bit unusual
Say Hi Everyone: These revelers have already built up 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 finest ute at this year’s Deniliquin Ute Muster. But we’ll see. There are still two days of solid fun ahead
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