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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.


After a hugely successful sold out event in 2019, the world’s most remote music festival is set to return with its biggest ever lineup of iconic Aussie rock acts next July 7-9, 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 2020 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.

Tickets to the 2020 Big Red Bash will go on sale next Thursday, September 19, at 9am AEST through the website.

A pay over time option will also be available allowing you to pay for your tickets in 5 installments. Pay your deposit up front and then the next payments from March through to June 2020.

Will you be joining us?
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.

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.

Check out the 2019 highlights video to see all the fun that everybody had in 2019!

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

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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