THE town of Birdsville will get an injection of Aussie rock at this year’s Big Red Bash, with legendary band Midnight Oil headlining the “world’s most remote” music festival.
The all-ages event will run during the winter school holidays – July 16-18 – with the outback town, located at the edge of the Simpson Desert in Queensland, expected to be abuzz with nearly 10,000 musos and Oil fans.
It will be Midnight Oil’s first Aussie gig since their Great Circle World Tour in 2017, and the band will be joined by a number of household names including The Living End, Richard Clapton, Kasey Chambers and Wendy Matthews.
Making the event even more special is the uniquely Australian destination, with plenty of festival goers required to travel great distances to listen to the great vocals (and dance moves) of Peter Garrett.
“The journey to the Big Red Bash is in itself an amazing and mind-blowing experience – whether you’re an Aussie or an international traveller,” Big Red Bash Founder and Organiser, Greg Donovan, said.
“Visually and culturally, the Outback is like nothing else in the world – and the Big Red Bash often gives people that extra push to make the trip into a breathtaking part of this country that’s right on our doorstep, but that often goes unexplored.
“The fact that you can turn the trek into a fun-filled road trip, take in all of the unique sights along the way, and then experience a world-class music line-up while camping under the Milky Way with your entire family – including the dog – is often the perfect combination of reasons to buy a ticket – and that’s why we usually sell out well in advance,” added Donovan.
Live music isn’t the only item on the Big Red Bash agenda, with comedy and outdoor film screenings, scenic helicopter flights, dune surfing, beach volleyball, camel rides, the Australian Outback Air Guitar Championships, and Fashions in the Desert all part of the fun.
Prefer to dress up in drag? The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Bashville Drags sees punters don their best drag frocks and race down a 500m dirt track.
Tickets start from $92, while kids aged 11-and-under get in for free.
More information here: www.bigredbash.com.au