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Tickets

Where can I buy tickets?

You can purchase tickets online from Oztix. Tickets are likely to sell out so buy your ticket ASAP.

How will I receive my tickets?

You’ll receive your ticket by email. Print or download this and exchange it in BIRDSVILLE TOWN for vehicle pass and wristband.

What do I do with my e-ticket?

You must exchange your e-ticket for vehicle pass and wristbands in BIRDSVILLE TOWN before you head to Bashville.

Can I buy tickets in Birdsville?

Tickets are likely to sell out before the event, so we recommend buying your tickets online from oztix. We may sell tickets in town if the event doesn’t sell out, but this is unlikely.

What ticket types are available?

There’s only one type of concert ticket - General Admission. General admission includes camping for the three days of the festival. You can also buy an Early Entry Camping Pass, allowing extra days of camping before the event.

Can I bring the kids?

Yes. Children 11 and under are free, youth (12 to 17) tickets and family tickets are also available.

Are passouts available?

Your wristband allows unlimited entry and exit from the concert area. Passouts are not required.

I don’t have a credit card, can I still buy a ticket?

You will need a debit or credit card to purchase tickets.

Can I replace a lost wristband?

No. We will be issuing heavy duty wristbands that will last for the duration of the event. We are unable to reissue or replace wristbands so please treat it like cash.

Can I get a refund?

As per terms and conditions refunds will not be issued unless the event is cancelled due to weather.

Can I resell my ticket?

As per terms and conditions, tickets may not be resold, unless at the point of sell out via an official Oztix resale facility.

What happens if the event is cancelled or relocated?

Relocated
Due to the possibility of adverse weather conditions affecting the access and safety of the proposed Event venue, The Big Red Bash reserves the right to change the venue location to alternative sites within the Birdsville area at any time prior to or during the Event.

Cancellation of Event
If the event is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, ticket holders will be refunded the amount of their tickets purchased via Oztix.

Getting There

Where is the Big Red Bash?

The Big Red Bash is 35kms west of Birdsville, QLD, on the edge of the Simpson desert. We call the Big Red Bash site “Bashville”.

How do I get to Birdsville?

See the “Getting There” tab of our website’s menu for information on how to get to Birdsville, including driving yourself or joining a travel package.

How do I get to Bashville from Birdsville?

Head west on Adeliade street and continue for 35kms. See Birdsville Town Map & Directions to Bashville for more details.

What facilities are available in Birdsville?

Birdsville has a range of basic facilities including petrol, groceries, pub, bakery, post office, police, medical clinic, tourist information. See About Birdsville for more details.

Is there shuttle busses from Birdsville?

Yes, shuttle busses run on music days on demand from Birdsville to Bashville, and cost $10 one-way for the 35km trip.

Can I drive from Birdsville to the festival and back each day?

Yes, you can choose to stay in Birdsville and commute to and from Bashville each day (35kms). You’ll be directed to Day Parking near the concert area. See Day Tripping From Birdsville for more details.

Are road closures common?

Outback roads can be closed after local rain. They usually re-open reasonably quickly. Plan ahead and have a few alternative routes up your sleeve.

Keep up to date with
outback road conditions in the lead up to the Big Red Bash. Leave a few days spare for unexpected detours.

I've never driven in the outback before - do I need a 4WD?

You can reach Birdsville and the Big Red Bash by 2WD. If you’d like to explore the desert or sightsee on the way, you’ll get further with a 4WD. Use our travel guides to plan your journey.

Camping

Is camping included in my ticket?

Yes, your regular ticket entitles you to camping on nights of Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July at Bashville campground.

Do I need to book my campsite?

No. When you arrive at the site our marshals will direct you to the best available campsite. It’s first in best dressed.

What dates can I camp?

If you’re a regular ticket holder you can camp on the nights of Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July. If you purchase the additional Early Entry Camping pass you can camp earlier, from the night of Sunday 8th or Monday 9th July.

Can I leave the campground early? I need to get back for another commitment.

No, once you’ve parked at camp your vehicle must not exit or move at any time until 7am on Friday 13th July.
There are a couple of exceptions to this rule to allow for flexibility. For details see Camping Overview

Can I camp with a group?

Yes however you must arrive at Bashville TOGETHER if you want to camp together. Meet up in Birdsville and drive the final 35kms to Bashville in convoy.

Can I reserve a spot for a friend who is arriving later?

No, space saving is not allowed. If you want to camp next to someone else, you must arrive at Bashville together.

Can drive from my campsite and park near the concert area?

No, you’ll need to walk from your campsite to the concert area. Once you’re vehicle is parked at your campsite it must not move or exit at any time until 7am Friday 13th July.

What facilities are there?

The campsite has limited facilities due to the remote nature of the event. For details see Facilities

Can I go into Birdsville to buy extra provisions or have a shower during the event?

If you want to go to Birdsville during the event you can catch the shuttle bus, which runs on demand on music days and costs $10 per person, one-way. Alternatively if you’ve moved your vehicle to Day Parking during one of the special Permitted Vehicle Movement Times (see Camping Overview page), you can use your own vehicle to visit town.

When do I have to leave the campground?

Roll out begins 7am on Friday 13th July. You’ll have until 5pm on this day to leave.

What items are prohibited in the camping area?

Glass is prohibited in the campground, and we also don’t allow animals (except for dogs, if you’ve registered that you’re bringing a dog). We also have rules about grey water, black water, generators and camp fires. See Bashville Site Rules

Can I buy food at the Big Red Bash?

A range of food vendors will be selling hot and cold food at the event. Most campers choose to bring some food with them. See Food.

Concert & Other Entertainment

What’s the Artist lineup & schedule?

We have a fantastic lineup in 2018, including John Farnham, Hoodoo Gurus and the Angels. For full details see the “Artists” tab of our website.

Can I bring my own alcohol & food into the concert area?

Yes, you can bring your own alochol & food in. Please drink responsibly, no BBQs, and eskys of a reasonable size only.

Can I bring an esky?

Yes, as long as it’s of a reasonable size.

Can I bring a tent/umbrella into the concert area?

No. Tents, umbrellas, sunshades, or anything that will obstruct the views of stage aren’t permitted in the concert area.

Can I bring a chair into the concert area?

Yes, and you can use this anywhere except for the reserved picnic rug / dancing area.

Can I smoke in the concert area?

No, there’s no smoking anywhere within the concert area. You must go outside and at least 10m from the boundary fence to smoke.

What items are prohibited in the concert area?

Glass, metal cutlery, umbrellas, tables, sunshades or anything that will obstruct view of the stage, and aerosols are all prohibited. There will be bag checks as you enter the concert area and prohibited items will be confiscated.

When do gates open?

Gates open approximately one hour before the first performance of the afternoon. See Performance Times and Schedule.

Is there other entertainment?

Yes, we have some exciting day-time entertainment planned, including Bashville Drags and Fashions in the Desert. For full details see the “At the Bash” tab of our website’s menu, and look for “Activities and Entertainment”

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes, this is an all-ages concert. Families are welcome and entry for children up to 11 years is free. Youth (ages 12-17), adult and family tickets are available for you to buy in advance.

Merchandise

What merchandise is available and where can I get it?

You can buy ‘Bound for the Bash’ merchandise when you buy your tickets online. Other event merchandise will be on sale outside the Birdsville Visitor Information Centre and at Bashville. The range of merchandise changes each year so pop back often for the latest merchandise information here.

Merchandise is on sale outside Birdsville Visitor Information Centre Sat 7th - Sun 8th July 9am-5pm, and Mon 9th July 9am-1pm. After this, it’s available at Bashville on Tues 10th - Thurs 12th july 10am-5pm.

Food, Drink & Facilities

What food is available to buy?

There’ll be a range of food vendors at the event selling hot & cold food. See Food for details. Most campers bring some of their own food too.

Can I buy alcohol at the Big Red bash site?

No, it’s a BYO event and no alcohol is for sale on-site. The Birdsville Pub is the closest place to buy takeaway alcohol, so call in on the way to Bashville.

Is drinking water available on-site?

No, please bring your own. Birdsville town has drinking water available from various locations.

Is first aid available?

Yes, we’ll have a first aid tent at Bashville, and Birdsville has a medical centre. The capacity of these are both limited so please plan ahead and attend to any health problems before you arrive.

Is there a chemist in Birdsville?

No, you’ll need to bring all the medications that you’ll need for the duration of the event.

Where is lost property?

Lost property is located at the Info Tent at either Bashville or Birdsville. After the event any lost property that hasn’t been claimed will be handed to the Birdsville Police station.

Is EFTPOS available?

EFTPOS facilities are limited at Bashville so we recommend that you bring plenty of cash. Food vendors will not have any EFTPOS, however Merchandise will have a limited eftpos facility.

Dogs

Can I bring my dog to the Big Red Bash?

The Big Red Bash has dog-friendly camping and concert areas. When you buy your ticket, please register any dogs you will be bringing along. Please read the Dog Attendance Rules.

Can my dog come into the concert area?

We have a separate “dog friendly” area of the concert area which you can bring your dog into.

Disability

Is assistance available for patrons with special needs?

We welcome guests with special needs and those who are less-abled. The Big Red Bash is held in a very remote area but we do our best to provide facilities and assist in any way possible. For more information and to register, please see Patrons with a Disability.

Can I drive from my campsite to the concert area?

If you’ve registered as a patron with a disability and if you’re camped in the disability camping area, then you are permitted to be dropped off near the concert area so you don’t have to walk. See Patrons with a Disability for full details.

Can I stay in town if I have a disability?

Yes, you can stay in town & drive to Bashville each day. Make sure you’ve registered as a patron with a disability if want to use the Disability Dropoff point next to the concert area. See Patrons with a Disability.

I don’t have a disability parking permit. Can I still use the disability dropoff point or disability camping area?

Unfortunately we’re only able to provide special assistance to patrons who have a government issued disability parking permit. If you don’t have a government issued permit, we recommend that, if eligible, you apply for one before the event. See Patrons with a Disability for further details.

Weather

What will the weather be like in July?

The weather is usually mild with temperatures averaging between 6-21 degrees Celsius. Rainfall averages 11mm per month. Temperatures can range from zero at night to 30 during the day – so come prepared and see Weather.

What if it rains?

If it does rain the show will go ahead unless conditions are deemed to be dangerous. If the forecast shows the possibility of rain, bring a good quality raincoat and suitable footwear. The decision to cancel a show will be made on show day if required. In the event of inclement weather patrons should check this website BEFORE departing for the show for messages regarding traffic, parking or wet weather arrangements.

Please note that if there is inclement weather such as significant rain during the Bash, which makes the advertised location unsuitable for staging the event, the organisers reserve the right to re locate the event to another location in the Birdsville vicinity. In the unlikely event of this occurring you will be advised of the new venue details when you arrive at Birdsville to pick up your wristbands.

SPONSORS

Thanks to all of our sponsors who help us bring you this amazing event.

Presenting Partners

Major Sponsors

RedArc Track Trailer Australian Off Road Unsealed 4x4 The Birdsville Hotel

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Volkswagen Commercial

Sponsors

RV Daily Regional Express Telstra

Government and Council Supporters

Big Run Events, the organiser of the Big Red Bash is enormously grateful for the various forms of assistance provided to the event by Tourism and Events Queensland, the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, and Diamantina Shire Council.

Outback Queensland Tourism

Big Red Bash is a unique high profile outback event, which draws significant media coverage. If you are interested in Big Red Bash sponsorship opportunities, please contact us, and our sponsorship manager will respond to you.

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