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Volunteer Overview

The volunteer application portal will open on 2nd November 2017, where you'll be able to browse detailed information about each team, choose one & apply  

Volunteering at the Big Red Bash is a great way to get involved behind the scenes at Australia’s most remote music festival, it is also a more affordable means of attending the Bash while getting to meet loads of like-minded people. With over 20 different volunteer teams, you are sure to find something that appeals to your interests, skills and work experience.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Big Red Bash, please read the following before completing your application.

Please be aware that due to the remote nature of the event, we will only be accepting volunteers 18 years and over.



 

General Info

The concert venue is 35km west of Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert. There is no electricity, mobile phone reception or town water. There will be food stalls selling food while the concert is operating and we provide toilets at the camping area.

What you can expect from us

  • A free ticket to the three days of the concert.
  • Opportunity to be part of an event in the iconic Simpson Desert.
  • A camping spot in the volunteer area closer to the stage.
  • A free event T-shirt, cap, glossy printed program and stubby holder.
  • A post event thank you with nibblies and a drink
  • Thorough training in your role and room for growth to other positions in future years.

Volunteers are fully supported by our professional team of event organisers which includes qualified risk and safety experts, a doctor and medical team, a qualified builder for the stage, a qualified electrician and professional production crew.

You can view more information about your role as a volunteer here.

Being Prepared

Due the nature of the event, in particular its remote location our volunteers need to be self-sufficient for the duration of your time in the desert. These are the things you will need to consider;


Transportation

See our Getting There page for a number of transport options.


You need to be self-sufficient for your own transport on site. We anticipate that most volunteers will have their own cars – and for some shifts it is a requirement (the application pages will outline which shifts require your own vehicle).
You can find other volunteers via our Facebook Volunteer Group and make contact about car-pooling, however it is not guaranteed you will find an appropriate person to carpool with.
You may or may not already know that once vehicles are inside the campsite there is a strict no driving policy. Volunteers who need to drive to get to their shift will be exempt from this and will be provided with a car pass.

Accommodation
You need to bring your own camper, van, tent, swag or similar. Once you arrive at the event, you will be directed to the volunteers camping area within the event grounds.

Food
You need to be self-sufficient for your own food, water and camping supplies. There’s a small general store in Birdsville but it can run out of some items when the big concert crowds hit town so it’s best to bring all of your own supplies. Birdsville has a hotel and bakery although it’s not always possible to get a meal in busy times.

 

 

Ready to continue?

The volunteer application portal will open on 2nd November 2017, where you'll be able to browse detailed information about each team, choose one & apply

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 Veolia 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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