Headlining the three-day event is Midnight Oil in their first festival headlining performance in more than two decades. The rest of the bill includes a diverse mix – everything from The Living End, Kasey Chambers, Neil Murray and Busby Marou to Richard Clapton, 1927, Eurogliders, the Chantoozies and even ABBA tribute act Bjorn Again!
A bucket-list experience that draws crowds from all corners of Australia and even overseas, a big part of the Big Red Bash’s appeal is the ‘open air’ venue and backdrop of Big Red.
Given the location, the festival is a favourite with four-wheel drivers, too, many of whom time their treks to roll into Birdsville for the chance to see the star-studded Australian lineup while camping under the stars in the outback.
Founder and event organiser, Greg Donovan, recognises the success of the event is about it being more than just a music festival; it’s a destination for travellers and adventure seekers alike.
“The journey alone adds to the experience as campers, 4-wheel drivers, caravaners, travel enthusiasts and music lovers travel from across Australia and the world to gather at the ‘Bashville’ pop-up festival site 35km west of Birdsville,” Donovan said.
To be held on 16-18 July, this year’s Birdsville Big Red Bash aims to build on the success of last year, but will be limiting entry numbers to around 9,000, so those planning to attend this year are advised to book their tickets soon. Tickets start at $539 for adults, which includes access to all three days and four nights’ camping on site. ‘Early Entry’ camping is available for an additional fee. Teenagers (12-17yo) are $92 each, with free entry for kids 11 and under.
The event is family-friendly, with facilities on site. For those not four-wheel driving it to the event, bus tours and even chartered flights are available.
For details on travel packages and to purchase tickets, as well as more information on the lineup and FAQs, go to the event website – bigredbash.com.au