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They forged their soul in the heart of Australia.

Now they return to headline one incredible desert festival … the BIG RED BASH !

Be part of history and experience a once in a generation spectacle as MIDNIGHT OIL headline their first multi day Australian music festival in over 22 years!

The red sands of the Simpson Desert will rock like never before to the timeless and inspiring music of one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands. The 40 metre high Big Red Dune will light up, and the full moon will rise up from the desert dunes during their set.

With 16 other fantastic Australian artists and bands playing over 3 days and nights, including THE LIVING END, KASEY CHAMBERS, BUSBY MAROU. RICHARD CLAPTON and many more, this will be a unique outback experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Tickets are limited and on sale now here, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Every July, Birdsville’s iconic Big Red Bash kicks off under the open skies of Australia’s Simpson Desert. Thousands of people from around Australia, and the world, head into the desert for the most remote music festival on the planet.

Will you be joining us?
It all starts with the journey. Whether you set out on a road trip, hop on a plane or jump on the Rock'n'Roll Charter Bus you’re in for an epic outback adventure. Birdsville’s concert is definitely off the beaten track – but that’s what makes it so special!

And, if you want to camp for longer, our early entry passes let you access the Bashville campsite up to two days beforehand.

However you get there, you’ll have three nights under the stars, dancing to the sweet sounds of Aussie music legends as they rock the desert.

And, there’s plenty of fun during the day too. You’ll find heaps of exciting activities to cross off your bucket list or keep the family entertained.

Grab an outback adventure selfie
Get your adrenalin pumping! Fly down the dunes on a sand board, ride a camel through the breath-taking scenery or buzz across the landscape in a helicopter. Why not kick up some dust boot-scooting on the desert floor? Or you can catch some beach volleyball on Big Red and even try your hand at indigenous craft making. There’s something for everyone at the Big Red Bash.

Whether you’re staying in Birdsville or at the ‘Bashville’ campsite, you can catch the handy shuttle bus that runs between the two. It makes exploring the town easy and getting around hassle-free.

Find your inner Priscilla and help the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS)
Don’t forget to join our drag race with a difference – the RFDS Bashville “Drags”. Throw on your ‘drag rags’ and join in the race that starts at the top of Big Red. But, if running will ruin your ‘look’, you can compete with the other fashionistas and enter Fashions in the Desert.

Both these fun-filled events offer you the chance to win prizes and raise money to support the wonderful Royal Flying Doctors Service.

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve never had a better reason to get your family or friends together and head into the outback. Grab your camping gear, hook up the trailer or caravan or hire a tent. But don’t miss out on your chance to get down in the red dust at this fantastic all-ages Australian outback music festival. Everyone’s invited. You can even bring your dog!



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

Presenting Partners


Major Sponsors

RedArc Unsealed 4x4 The Birdsville Hotel
MDC Cooper


Official Vehicle Sponsor

Volkswagen Commercial



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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