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Birdsville Big Red Bash event extensions are funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program during the Year of Outback Tourism 2019.


As the dust finally settles on an unbelievable 2019 Big Red Bash, and the post BRB blues start to descend, we thought we’d give you a little something to look forward to by releasing the festival dates for 2020!

We’re glad to announce the Bash is returning to a school holiday timeslot for all states, and will be held from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th July, with early entry available on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th July.

Lock it in your diary, and get planning for an outback adventure of a lifetime at the 2020 Big Red Bash!

We are well advanced with another awesome all Australian 2020 line up, which is set to be one to remember. We will announce the line up as soon as it’s finalised. Do you have any favourite artists or bands you’d like to see in 2020?

Here’s a look at some of the interesting statistics from the 2019 Big Red Bash:


0 internet
(Nearly 1,600 under 18s who survived with no internet!)
0 security incidents
0 rubbish left by patrons
0 speeding fines
0 DUI readings
0 clouds ⛅️
1.2 tons of Ribs served by the Birdsville Hotel
18 yummy food vendors πŸ˜‹
64 hours of 99.9 BASH FM broadcast πŸ“»
120 largest sunrise yoga class on Big Red🧘‍♀️
129 songs played by our amazing Big Red Bash House Band 🎸 πŸ₯ 🎹
210 new composting toilets
323 friendly dogs πŸ•
390 wheelie bins waiting to become compost
395 Bashville Drag Queens
454 Awesome Volunteers
2,330 world record breaking Nutbush Dancers πŸ’ƒ
120,000 aluminium cans recycled
180,000 litres of grey water removed
41 million Kms traveled by everyone combined to get there and back
Smiles and good times had ... countless! 😊
Thanks to everyone who attended, we sure did have a rocking good time at Bashville and can’t wait until next years Bash to do it all again! 😎 🎸 🎀 ⛺️ 🍺 🍷 πŸ”₯ πŸš— πŸŒ… πŸŒ…

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


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

Birdsville Big Red Bash event extensions are funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program during the Year of Outback Tourism 2019.


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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