Held at the foot of the famous Big Red sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the Birdsville Big Red Bash attracts a strong audience of off-roaders each year, many of whom travel in convoy to the event in their four-wheel drives, then continue their adventures into the Simpson and beyond.
Scheduled for 7-9 July, the 2020 Birdsville Big Red Bash was officially cancelled on 3 April.
“It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing that the 2020 Big Red Bash has been cancelled,” said event founder and organizer Greg Donovan.
“The heartbreak of being unable to proceed with an event that sold out within a month of tickets going on-sale last September, and that we know will impact artists who have had all their gigs cancelled, and also brings much needed income to Outback Queensland communities, is real. But the best thing we can all do at the moment is stay home and stay safe.”
The good news is that the Bash will go ahead next year, with a new date of 6-8 July 2021. The same lineup of 20 Australian music legends from this year’s cancelled show have signed on for 2021, including Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Glenn Shorrock, Thirsty Merc, Ross Wilson, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi-Sex, Wendy Matthews, Vika & Linda, Mark Gable, Steve Balbi, Chocolate Starfish, Bjorn Again and Caitlyn Shadbolt.
Ticket holders have the option of holding onto their ticket – which automatically becomes valid for the 2021 Big Red Bash – or claiming a refund, but the window for refunds closes on 30 September, 2020.
Refunded 2020 Big Red Bash tickets will be put back on sale for the 2021 event, with the first round of refunded tickets expected to go on sale in May, 2020.
A list of FAQs, including procedures for refunds for ticket holders, have been posted at https://www.bigredbash.com.au/bigredbash/index