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4-6TH JULY 2017

The 2017 Birdsville Big Red Bash Announces Headliner Change to Missy Higgins & Lee Kernaghan’s Legends of Country

Organisers of the 2017 Birdsville Big Red Bash regret to inform attendees that Jessica Mauboy has unfortunately had to pull out of her appearance due to unforeseen TV scheduling conflicts.

In her place, the Bash is thrilled to announce that nine time ARIA winner and Australian music icon Missy Higgins will be replacing Jessica Mauboy for the first night of the festival, Tuesday July 4, 2017.

A hugely celebrated Australian singer, songwriter and author, Higgins’ first three albums, The Sound of WhiteOn a Clear Night and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, have sold more than a million copies in her homeland. Each went to #1 on the Australian charts and each has also been recognised with ARIA Awards. In February 2016 Missy drew global attention to the plight of Syrian refugees with her aching ballad, “Oh Canada”. The unforgettable benefit single raised significant funds for the Asylum Resource Centre and reiterated Missy’s commitment to social justice in Australia and around the world.  Missy plans to return with a new album in 2017 and fans can look forward to hearing new music atop Big Red in July.

“I'm so excited to play this gig - to get out into the Australian desert, get some red soil on my feet and share a stage with so many incredible country artists. It's going be fun, yeehaw!” says Missy.

Missy Higgins will be joining Big Red Bash 2017 headliners James Reyne, Mark Seymour and Lee Kernaghan, as well as Kate Ceberano, Ray Ryder, Ian Moss and Russell Morris for a music festival unlike any other, set among the breathtaking surrounds of outback Queensland, on the border of the dusty Simpson Desert.

Along with the headliner change, organisers are also excited to reveal the full lineup for Lee Kernaghan’s Legends of Country, a collection of Australia’s most beloved country musicians, and personal friends of Lee himself. They will be joining together for the Ultimate Anniversary Show, honouring the twenty-fifth anniversary of Lee’s groundbreaking debut album The Outback Club, and the incredible career that’s followed.

Across one sensational day and night, the one-of-a-kind concert will begin with solo performances from each artist during the daylight hours, with special cameos from Lee throughout them all. It will all culminate in a dazzling all-star headline performance from the man himself, under the clear, star-speckled desert skies.

The Legends of Country are (in alphabetical order):

Christie Lamb

James Blundell

The McClymonts

Tania Kernaghan

Troy Cassar-Daley

The Wolfe Brothers

The Big Red Bash 2017 will see more than 7000 music fans, families, and travellers from all over Australia and beyond head to the thoroughly remote outback destination for what is set to be three unforgettable days.

So much more than just a music festival, the Bash allows festivalgoers to take in the breathtaking surrounds of the real Australian outback; the festival takes place by the Big Red sand dune, bordering the Simpson Desert, 35km from Birdsville and more than 1600km from Brisbane.

Single and family tickets are selling faster than any previous year, and ogranisers are advising interested parties to act quickly to avoid disappointment. While many attendees use the Bash as the perfect excuse to embark on a lengthy outback road trip, buses and travel packages from most major cities will be available in the coming weeks for interested attendees without appropriate vehicles.

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