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2021 Artist Lineup

The world’s most remote music festival is set to return with its biggest ever lineup of iconic Aussie rock acts next July 6-8, when Paul Kelly and many other Oz music legends hit Outback Queensland’s Simpson Desert for the 2020 Big Red Bash

Paul is looking forward to headlining the 2021 Big Red Bash and experiencing the desert landscape and said “I’m really looking forward to playing under a big sky again.

Paul Kelly will be joined by a festival-record 19 Australian music greats, including Ian Moss, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi Sex, Wendy Matthews, Thirsty Merc, Marc Gable, Dragon, Glenn Shorrock, Caitlin Shadbolt and more.

Collectively, the bumper artist lineup has won more than 25 ARIA awards and 27 CMAA awards, as well as releasing over 100 albums and countless hit singles.

Crowd favourites Bjorn Again – who took to the stage on camel-back in 2019 – will also return by popular demand for the eighth edition of the all-ages festival, along with Steve Balbi, Chocolate Starfish, Ross Wilson and Vika & Linda Bull.

In 2013, the Big Red Bash was born from John Williamson performing solo on top of Big Red. Now, seven years on, we’re proud to welcome him back.

I was there for the first Big Red Bash and I will forever remember performing on top of Big Red. I’m looking forward to returning again to a festival and event that celebrates our beautiful country with a great line-up of entertainers. This is just another reason I encourage everyone to go and explore our big backyard”. - John Williamson

We’ve come a long way, but we certainly wouldn’t be here now if wasn’t for John.

We’re also excited to welcome back Kate Ceberano one of our crowd favourites from 2017 and 2018.

The Big Red Bash event is out of control! The location is so unique – it’s just like a lunar scape, with the earth and the sky divided in equal measure. It’s set up cradled in the arms of this amazing 40 metre red sand dune, where the kids can go crazy.

I’m not kidding you when I say that it’s one of the greatest events I’ve ever personally been part of. And some of the greatest artists from around the country will gather to perform there again next year. Everything that ailed me in Melbourne was suddenly cured when I got out to the Simpson Desert last time, and I can't wait to get back out there for Big Red Bash 2020” - Kate Ceberano.

So get your friends and family together, bring the kids and the dog if you like, and start planning for an outback adventure of a lifetime.



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