Busted microphone leads to ‘bluey’ sing-along highlight

October 04, 2017

While there weren’t record numbers gathered for the Blue Singlet World Record Count this year, the crowd of ‘bluey musterers’ still provided a highlight of the festival on Saturday.

The official count was 1,941 people wearing blue singlets at the front of the main stage in an attempt to break the Muster’s record of 3,959.

But it felt like the crowd was bigger when a technical difficulty saw comedian Pete Denahy’s microphone stop working which led to a mass sing-along. The crowd kept themselves entertained and showed their true Aussie spirit by belting out ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and then ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

Ute Muster general manager Vicky Lowry said the crowd sing-along gave her goosebumps.

‘‘Every year the Muster has one memory that stands out in your mind and the singlet count was that moment this year,’’ she said.

‘‘Everyone singing along and coming together like that really sums up our event — showing the true spirit of Australia.

‘‘And it was better to have the microphone fault during the count rather than when the artists were performing!’’

The Sunny Cowgirls were once again involved with the singlet count and Channel 7 presenter Larry Emdur also took to the stage to take a ‘selfie’ with the crowd at his first Ute Muster.

The crowd of blue singlets also had other various colours throughout, with plenty of Richmond and Adelaide scarves and guernseys.

There was also the traditional release of the pink balloons at the end of the count, and a small camera drone caught people’s eyes hovering overhead.

Mrs Lowry said it was fantastic to see a few different characters in the blue singlet crowd.

‘‘We saw a lot of people later in the day with blue singlets that didn’t have (blue singlet count) stickers,’’ she said.

‘‘But it’s not all about breaking records; it’s about everyone having fun.’’

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