Stellar line-up for Bash

Big Red Bash back on for 2021

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Every man and his dog are welcome at the Big Red Bash. Photo: Neil Donovan

Every man and his dog are welcome at the Big Red Bash. Photo: Neil Donovan

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Set in the shadow of a massive sand dune, the Big Red Bash is an Aussie entertainment extravaganza.

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THE Birdsville Big Red Bash, the world's most remote music festival, is set to run across three days in July.

A stellar line-up of 20 Australian music legends including Paul Kelly, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi Sex, Wendy Matthews, Thirsty Merc, Marc Gable, Glenn Shorrock and Caitlin Shadbolt will perform at the July 6-8 event.

Every one of the acts that were booked to perform at the cancelled 2020 event re-signed for this year and organisers are looking forward to delivering the biggest incarnation yet of the iconic outback event.

The sold-out all-ages festival is staged on the striking red sands of Queensland's Simpson Desert, in front of "Big Red" - a 40-metre-high sand dune that provides a spectacular natural amphitheatre setting.

Almost eight out of 10 of patrons opted to retain their tickets from the sold-out 2020 event, and tickets that were refunded sold out again in under five minutes. However, there are still a few opportunities to volunteer at the event.

Up to 10,000 people swell the tiny town of Birdsville for the Big Red Bash. Photo: Patrick O'Kane

Up to 10,000 people swell the tiny town of Birdsville for the Big Red Bash. Photo: Patrick O'Kane

Big Red Bash founder and organiser Greg Donovan is confident he can deliver a COVID safe event."We're incredibly optimistic," he said.

Much more than just a music festival, the Bash features a jam-packed program of activities - from comedy and outdoor film screenings, to scenic helicopter flights, dune surfing, beach volleyball, camel rides, a Nutbush Dance World Record attempt and a Bashville Drags charity fun run.

About 10,000 concert-goers descend on Birdsville - population 115 - for the event, travelling an average of around 4300km to get there and back.

The concert and campsite grounds, known as Bashville, are located on organic cattle station Adria Downs, 35km from Birdsville.

The camping area sits on the dried-out bed of an ancient lake, with the giant red sand dune as a backdrop. It forms a natural amphitheatre, making it the perfect setting.

The event can be accessed by car, scheduled and charter flights, and bus tours. Alcohol is not sold on site, but ticket-holders are permitted to bring their own food and alcohol.

A range of food vendors will sell hot and cold food and beverages on site.

More details HERE

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