Deni Ute Muster festival sees thousands of converge on small town

Tens of thousands of revellers have descended on Deniliquin, a rural town on the edge of outback Australia, to kick off the 20th Deni Ute Muster festival.

The wild and iconic Aussie festival is a traditional country celebration of mud, beer, folk music and above all, Utes. 

The merry revellers did not hold back as they slung themselves headfirst and butt-naked into mud pits, drank from gas-powered beer pipes and generally had a merry time on the areas notoriously flat, open plains.

The two-day festival runs from September 28-29 and draws a crowd of close to 20,000 people. 

The festival-goers celebrated the icon of Ute and all things Aussie.

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A man with a partially-shaved head and a black hoodie smiles as he takes part in the celebrations 

A man with a partially-shaved head and a black hoodie smiles as he takes part in the celebrations 

A man with a partially-shaved head and a black hoodie smiles as he takes part in the celebrations 

A festival-goer wearing a hoodie drinks beer from a can next to a Ute as part of the 20,000-strong annual festival 

A festival-goer wearing a hoodie drinks beer from a can next to a Ute as part of the 20,000-strong annual festival 

A festival-goer wearing a hoodie drinks beer from a can next to a Ute as part of the 20,000-strong annual festival 

A man with a hat holds up two cans of beer at the 2018 Ute Muster celebration in the rural town of Deniliquin

A man with a hat holds up two cans of beer at the 2018 Ute Muster celebration in the rural town of Deniliquin

A man with a hat holds up two cans of beer at the 2018 Ute Muster celebration in the rural town of Deniliquin

A man poses next to a reveller lying down on the ground with writing scrawled across his back

A man poses next to a reveller lying down on the ground with writing scrawled across his back

A man poses next to a reveller lying down on the ground with writing scrawled across his back

Deniliquin in rural New South Wales is the undisputed Ute Capital of the World and has been hosting the festival since 1999, when the region was struck by a crippling drought. 

Country singing sensations headlined the festival, including US singer Carrie Underwood, Aussie pop rock band Thirsty Merc and country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers. 

A whole host of local country and rock musicians also performed at the festival. 

The festival boasts a wide range of peculiar events and activities, including a display of the finest Utes from all over Australia, wood chop demonstrations, helicopter rides and lawn mower racing for the youngsters. 

A man dressed in a T-shirt and trousers and wearing sunglasses bends over, with writing scribbled across his forehead in black pen

A man dressed in a T-shirt and trousers and wearing sunglasses bends over, with writing scribbled across his forehead in black pen

A man dressed in a T-shirt and trousers and wearing sunglasses bends over, with writing scribbled across his forehead in black pen

Revellers drink beer by a Ute as part of celebrations of the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

Revellers drink beer by a Ute as part of celebrations of the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

Revellers drink beer by a Ute as part of celebrations of the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

Revellers dressed in black celebrate the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

Revellers dressed in black celebrate the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

Revellers dressed in black celebrate the icon of Ute and all things Aussie at the annual Deni Ute Muster festival

The event, costing around $100,000 in total, is made possible by more than 1,000 volunteers and combines the unique activities with overnight camping.

Among the 20,000-strong crowd was Channel 10’s Nick ‘the Honey Badger’ Cummings, who attended the event despite The Bachelor final being just days away. 

Among the 20,000-strong crowd was Channel 10's Nick 'the Honey Badger' Cummings, who attended the event despite The Bachelor final being just days away

Among the 20,000-strong crowd was Channel 10's Nick 'the Honey Badger' Cummings, who attended the event despite The Bachelor final being just days away

Among the 20,000-strong crowd was Channel 10’s Nick ‘the Honey Badger’ Cummings, who attended the event despite The Bachelor final being just days away

Three revellers raise their beers in front of some Utes as part of the Deni Ute Muster festival celebrations 

Three revellers raise their beers in front of some Utes as part of the Deni Ute Muster festival celebrations 

Three revellers raise their beers in front of some Utes as part of the Deni Ute Muster festival celebrations 

The wild and iconic Aussie festival is a traditional country celebration of mud, beer, folk music and above all, utes

The wild and iconic Aussie festival is a traditional country celebration of mud, beer, folk music and above all, utes

The wild and iconic Aussie festival is a traditional country celebration of mud, beer, folk music and above all, utes

The two-day festival runs from September 28-29 and draws a crowd of close to 20,000 people

The two-day festival runs from September 28-29 and draws a crowd of close to 20,000 people

The two-day festival runs from September 28-29 and draws a crowd of close to 20,000 people

The Honey Badger flew into the festival on a private jet with a group of male friends. 

The reality TV star documented his day on social media and fuelled further speculation that he has split with the show’s winner as he behaved very much like a single man. His alcohol-fuelled day out with his mates comes just days before the The Bachelor reaches its finale.  

Deni Ute Muster festival goers wear country hats and hold beer cans as they pose and smile for a photo 

Deni Ute Muster festival goers wear country hats and hold beer cans as they pose and smile for a photo 

Deni Ute Muster festival goers wear country hats and hold beer cans as they pose and smile for a photo 

A group of adults sit in a circle on fold-out chairs on the first day of the festival and begin drinking their first couple of beers

A group of adults sit in a circle on fold-out chairs on the first day of the festival and begin drinking their first couple of beers

A group of adults sit in a circle on fold-out chairs on the first day of the festival and begin drinking their first couple of beers

 

  

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