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SIMPSON DESERT QLD | 5-7 JULY 2022

Tickets

There’s only one type of concert ticket - General Admission. General admission includes concert entry for the three days of the festival and camping for four nights.

You can also buy one or both of the optional extras:
Early Entry Camping Pass, allowing extra days of camping before the event.
Early Exit Pass, allowing earlier “roll out” from the Bashville campground

See tickets and pricing for a comparison of all tickets types and what they provide.

An early entry camping pass is an optional pass available for purchase, which allows extra nights camping at Bashville before the event. See Early Entry Camping Pass for full details

You can buy an Early Entry Camping Pass from Oztix, either at the time of buying your general admission ticket, or at any time after you’ve bought your concert ticket provided they haven’t sold out.

An early exit pass is an optional pass available for purchase, allowing you to exit the campground early, on Thursday afternoon. Passes cost $15, and 100% of this fee is donated to RFDS. There’s a limited quantity available. Click here for full details

Managing the number of vehicles at night on outback roads is a key safety consideration for this remote event, and we work closely with Birdsville emergency services, council and police on this issue. For safety reasons we can only release a limited quantity of Early Roll Out Passes and the small fee (100% donated to RFDS) helps to ensure that only those who genuinely intend to leave early purchase a pass.

Early Exit Passes will be available from the Early Exit Pass page, from 9am on 11th May 2021 (AEST).

Your wristband allows unlimited entry and exit from the concert area and Bashville site. Passouts are not required.

However please note that that there are strict restrictions on vehicle movements for vehicles inside the campground: Your car must remain parked and stationary at your campsite for the duration of the event, until roll out. Passouts are not available for vehicles.

For full details on entry & exit rules for vehicles see Camping Overview.

You can purchase tickets online from Oztix. Access to the ticket purchase site will be available closer to ticket release date. Tickets are likely to sell out so buy your ticket ASAP. We do not recommend purchasing tickets from any other source.

You will receive an email ticket (e-ticket) from Oztix, after you’ve bought your Big Red Bash tickets. There is no physical ticket mailed out. Print or download this and exchange it in BIRDSVILLE TOWN for vehicle pass and wristband.

Wristbands and car passes will not be issued at the festival site. You will be sent back to Birdsville if you arrive to Bashville without them.

You must exchange your e-ticket for vehicle pass and wristbands in BIRDSVILLE TOWN before you head to Bashville.

Tickets are likely to sell out before the event, so we recommend buying your tickets online from Oztix. We may sell tickets in town if the event doesn’t sell out, but this is unlikely.

Yes, the Big Red Bash is family friendly, and we event have some activities and shows just for kids. Children 11 and under are free, youth (12 to 17) tickets and family tickets are also available.

You will need a debit or credit card to purchase tickets.

No. We will be issuing heavy duty wristbands that will last for the duration of the event. We are unable to reissue or replace wristbands so please treat it like cash.

For details on a when a refund would be issued, see our ticketing Terms and Conditions.

As per terms and conditions, tickets may not be resold, unless at the point of sell out via an official Oztix resale facility.

Relocated
Due to the possibility of adverse weather conditions affecting the access and safety of the proposed Event venue, The Big Red Bash reserves the right to change the venue location to alternative sites within the Birdsville area at any time prior to or during the Event.

Cancellation of Event
If the event is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, ticket holders will be refunded the amount of their tickets purchased via Oztix.

For full details see the ticketing Terms and Conditions

Getting There

The Big Red Bash is 35kms west of Birdsville, QLD, on the edge of the Simpson desert. We call the Big Red Bash site “Bashville”.

See the “Getting There” tab of our website’s menu for information on how to get to Birdsville, including driving yourself or joining a travel package.

Head west on Adeliade street and continue for 35kms. See Birdsville Town Map & Directions to Bashville for more details.

A transfer bus is also available (cash only). Please see table for details.

Below is the 2019 transfer bus table. The 2021 timetable will be released closer to the event.

Around 4000 vehicles will roll in and out of Bashville to attend the Big Red Bash festival.

Moving this many vehicles in and out of Bashville is quite a feat!

Of course it will take some time to get everybody in and out safely, but with a little patience and by following some handy hints, we’ll make your roll in and out experience run as smoothly as possible.

Your Guide to Roll in and Roll Out is an invaluable read to ensure you are prepared and can help us ensure that you get in and out as quickly and safely as possible.

Birdsville has a range of basic facilities including petrol, groceries, pub, bakery, post office, police, medical clinic, tourist information. See About Birdsville for more details.

Yes, there will be a privately operated shuttle bus operating to and from Birdsville.

A limited transfer service will be available from Monday the 5th to Thursday 8th July (cash only). Bus stops are located near the Warrari Information Centre in Birdsville, and at the plaza end of Mark Berry Drive at Bashville. Find out more.

Yes, you can choose to stay in Birdsville and commute to and from Bashville each day (35kms). You’ll be directed to Day Parking near the concert area. See Day Tripping From Birdsville for more details.

Outback roads can be closed after local rain. They usually re-open reasonably quickly. Plan ahead and have a few alternative routes up your sleeve.

Keep up to date with outback road conditions in the lead up to the Big Red Bash. Leave a few days spare for unexpected detours.

You can reach Birdsville and the Big Red Bash by 2WD. If you’d like to explore the desert or sightsee on the way, you’ll get further with a 4WD. Use our travel guides to plan your journey.

Our tyres policy is based on the advice of Adam Plate the old owner of the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta who we met in the late 90s and early 2000s. Adam was a legend in outback SA driving and was a key figure in raising awareness of the advantages of lower pressures on rough roads.

In our event vehicles we drop all tyre pressures and since doing so have seen a noticeable decrease in tyre damage and cost. We adopt the same typre pressure guidelines for all vehicles: 2WD, small AWD like Subarus, 4WDs whether lightly or heavily laden, our event trailers and heavy rigid trucks. For smaller vehicles on gravel roads we drop by about 20% below highway pressures and the larger vehicles like event trucks we drop to about 55% of highway pressures. We take about 15 vehicles out to the Bash each year and have very few damaged tyres since using these guidelines.

Camping

Yes, your regular ticket entitles you to four nights camping at Bashville campground: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and off site by midday 10th July.

If you’re a regular ticket holder you can camp on the nights of Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July. You must be off-site by midday Saturday 10th July. If you purchase an additional Early Entry Camping pass you can camp earlier, from the night of Sunday 4th or Monday 5th July.

No, camping on Friday night is included in the cost of your regular ticket.

No, once you’ve parked at camp your vehicle must stay parked and stationary until 7am Friday 9th July.

However we are selling a limited number of Early Exit Passes. Holders of these can leave a little earlier, on Thursday afternoon. You are permitted to move your vehicle to Day Parking during the allocated times, but will not be able to bring your car back into the campground until 12.30 on Thursday 8th.

See table below for permitted vehicle movements.

Campsite boundaries are marked out, like in a caravan park. You’ll receive a minimum of approx. 90sqm per vehicle. Shapes of campsites will vary, but most will be around 6.75 x 13.5m .

To prevent the risk of a fire spreading, you must place all structures at least 1 metre from the back and side boundaries of your campsite, and guy ropes can protrude another 40cm. Marshals will enforce this rule.

No. When you arrive at the site our marshals will direct you to the best available campsite. It’s first in best dressed.

No, you’ll need to walk from your campsite to the concert area. Once you’re vehicle is parked at your campsite it must stay parked and stationary until 7am Friday 9th July.

If you want to go to Birdsville during the event you can catch the shuttle bus, which runs on music days. The 2021 bus transfer schedule will be released closer to the event. Alternatively if you’ve moved your vehicle to Day Parking during one of the permitted times (see Camping Overview page), you can use your own vehicle to visit town.

Roll out begins 7am on Friday 10th July. You'll have until midday Saturday 10th to leave.

Yes however you must arrive at Bashville TOGETHER if you want to camp together. Meet up in Birdsville and drive the final 35kms to Bashville in convoy.

No, space saving is not allowed. If you want to camp next to someone else, you must arrive at Bashville together.

The campsite has limited facilities due to the remote nature of the event. For details see Facilities

We expect that 99% of setups will fit in the generous campsite allocation, however if your big-rig physically doesn’t fit, we will have a few larger sites available in each camping area

Absolutely! Camp fires are permitted. Bring your own firewood supply as collection of firewood on the surrounding private property is prohibited. A limited supply of firewood is sold onsite. 

Fires must be kept to a reasonable size for safety purposes (i.e., no bonfires), and must be put out with water (not buried in the sand). Fires can be lit directly on the ground, or you can use a firepit. Chainsaws are prohibited.

Unregistered vehicles, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are prohibited. Glass must stay in your camp kitchen (no glass in concert, public or camp areas) and we don’t allow animals (except for dogs, if you’ve registered that you’re bringing a dog), We also have rules on black water & toilet cassettes, grey water, rubbish, recycling and more.. See Bashville Site Rules for full details.

A range of food vendors will be selling hot and cold food at the event. Most campers choose to bring some food with them. See Food.

Yes. If you want to camp as a group with other vehicles, you must arrive at the Big Red Bash site together. You won’t be able to save a spot for a later arrival Groups that arrive together will be allocated adjacent campsites, one per vehicle. Groups can join two or more adjacent campsites and use the internal area however they wish, however you must leave space between your cooking areas and other structures, and you must place all structures at least 1 metre from the outer boundaries of the “joined” site.

Concert & Other Entertainment

Check out our 2021 artist page for our fantastic line up. A playing schedule will be released closer to the event date.

Yes, you can bring your own alochol & food in. Please drink responsibly, no BBQs, and eskys of a reasonable size only.

Yes, as long as it’s of a reasonable size.

No. Tents, umbrellas, sunshades, or anything that will obstruct the views of stage aren’t permitted in the concert area.

Yes, and you can use this anywhere except for the reserved picnic rug / dancing area.

No, there’s no smoking anywhere within the concert area. You must go outside and at least 10m from the boundary fence to smoke.

Yes, bins are provided in the plaza & concert area for rubbish & aluminium can recycling. These are only for use by pedestrians in the area. No campsite rubbish. For more details see Facilities.

Glass, metal cutlery, umbrellas, tables, sunshades or anything that will obstruct view of the stage, and aerosols are all prohibited. There will be bag checks as you enter the concert area and prohibited items will be confiscated.

Gates open approximately one hour before the first performance of the afternoon. See Performance Times and Schedule.

Yes, we have some exciting day-time entertainment planned, including Bashville Drags and Fashions in the Desert. For full details see our Entertainment and Activities page.

No, camping and roll out continues through until Saturday to reduce vehicle congestion and allow extra flexibility for patrons, however the event and all entertainment officially finishes on Thursday night.

There’s lots for the kids to do including surfing the Big Red dune, beach volleyball, camel rides, dunny door paining, kids shows and much more.

Merchandise

Our popular and extensive range of festival merchandise will be available to purchase from the Merchandise Tent at the Big Red Bash. EFTPOS and cash are accepted at the Merchandise Tent. Some items sell fast, so get in early to grab your souvenirs! 

You can view the full Merchandise Catalogue here.

Food, Drink & Facilities

There’ll be a range of food vendors at the event selling hot & cold food. See Food for details. Most campers bring some of their own food too.

No, it’s a BYO event and no alcohol is for sale on-site. The Birdsville Pub is the closest place to buy takeaway alcohol, so call in on the way to Bashville.

No, please bring your own. Birdsville town has drinking water available from various locations.

Yes, aluminium can recycling bins will be available in the plaza and concert area. Bring your cans for recycling and help us run an sustainable event! Facilities.

Yes, Queensland Ambulance provide a comprehensive medical facility at Bashville. Yes, Queensland Ambulance provide a comprehensive medical facility at Bashville. The capacity of these are both limited so please plan ahead and attend to any health problems before you arrive.

No, you’ll need to bring all the medications that you’ll need for the duration of the event.

Toilets and grey water disposal are available until midday Saturday 11th July, however all other facilities will no longer be available. This includes food vendors, who will stop serving after breakfast on Friday 10th, and the Bashville medical centre. Please plan to be self sufficient if you’re staying Friday night. See facilities for more info.

No, food vendors will stop serving after breakfast on Friday 9th July. Make sure you bring your own food if you’re staying until Saturday 10th.

Lost property is located at the Info Tent at either Bashville or Birdsville. After the event any lost property that hasn’t been claimed will be handed to the Birdsville Police station.

EFTPOS facilities are limited at Bashville so we recommend that you bring plenty of cash. Food vendors will not have any EFTPOS, however Merchandise EFTPOS with a cash out facility.

Dogs

The Big Red Bash has dog-friendly camping and concert areas. When you buy your ticket, please register any dogs you will be bringing along. Please read the Dog Attendance Rules.

We have a separate “dog friendly” area of the concert area which you can bring your dog into.

Disability

We welcome guests with special needs and those who are less-abled. The Big Red Bash is held in a very remote area but we do our best to provide facilities and assist in any way possible. For more information and to register, please see Patrons with a Disability.

Parking at the concert area is strictly prohibited.

Yes, you can stay in town & drive to Bashville each day. Make sure you’ve registered as a patron with a disability if want to use the Disability Dropoff point next to the concert area. See Patrons with a Disability.

Unfortunately we’re only able to provide special assistance to patrons who have a government issued disability parking permit. If you don’t have a government issued permit, we recommend that, if eligible, you apply for one before the event. See Patrons with a Disability for further details.

Weather

The weather is usually mild with temperatures averaging between 6-21 degrees Celsius. Rainfall averages 11mm per month. Temperatures can range from zero at night to 30 during the day – so come prepared and see Weather.

If it does rain the show will go ahead unless conditions are deemed to be dangerous. If the forecast shows the possibility of rain, bring a good quality raincoat and suitable footwear. The decision to cancel a show will be made on show day if required. In the event of inclement weather patrons should check this website BEFORE departing for the show for messages regarding traffic, parking or wet weather arrangements.

Please note that if there is inclement weather such as significant rain during the Bash, which makes the advertised location unsuitable for staging the event, the organisers reserve the right to re locate the event to another location in the Birdsville vicinity. In the unlikely event of this occurring you will be advised of the new venue details when you arrive at Birdsville to pick up your wristbands.