The Big Red Bash is Australia’s most remote major music festival set at the Big Red Dune 35km west of Birdsville on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. The concert site is accessible by a good quality dirt road, suitable for 2 wheel drive. If you have made it to Birdsville you will have no problems making it out to Big Red.
Big Red is the last of around 1,100 dunes you need to cross if travelling across the Simpson Desert from the west, or the first dune to cross if you are heading west across the desert.
So come to the Bash, and enjoy a real sense of outback freedom. Set up camp for 3 nights on the dry lakebed, kick back and relax, enjoy the big blue skies by day and the brightest starlit skies by night, the beautiful natural light, the sweeping vistas and stunning red dunes, the outback hospitality and campsite camaraderie, and of course the great music over 2 days and 3 nights.
See you at Big Red in July 2017 for a true Aussie outback adventure!
Pets are not allowed in the campground or the concert. For the safety and comfort of all campers and concert goers, pets are not allowed. Allowances will be made for registered companion animals for medical and other reasons. You must contact us prior to arrival to register your animal and provide evidence of your permit/registration. Animals without permits will be refused entry.
(closest Dog Boarding Kennels: Longreach or Mount Isa)
2017 Big Red Bash Rock’n Roll Road Trip
Take the stress out of getting out and back to the Big Red Bash with our fantastic Rock’n Roll road trip, hosted by outback specialists Kangaroo Buslines.
This is a great way to sit back , relax and take in the great outback countryside, meet new people and have everything taken care of for you out at the Big Red Bash.
You will travel in a luxury 65 seat coach, and be looked after at all times by the friendly crew from Kangaroo bus lines.
What do I do with my eticket?
Entry to the Big Red Bash is through wristband, which you will need to wear for the duration of the event.
All wristbands must be collected at the Ticket office located outside the Birdsville Visitors Centre. There will be no wristband collection available at the Big Red Bash venue itself.
All purchasers will receive an email ticket with a bar code from Oztix who are handling ticketing for the event. There is no physical ticket mailed out. You will need to have your bar code tickets scanned in order to collect your event wristband.
Wristband Collection Times: in front of the Birdsville Visitors Centre 2nd to 6th July 9am-5pm
Can I buy merchandise?
Merchandise will be available at a marquee outside the Birdsville Visitor Information Centre at the same times and location as wristband collection from Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 4th July.
Will there be a shuttle bus from Birdsville to Big Red?
Yes, there will be shuttle services run by Desert Edge Tours. These will be run on demand. Cost TBA.
Can I bring a chair?
Standard height chairs are permitted in the main audience area. Low beach-style only for the roped off area in front, closer to the stage although this area becomes the dancing area and is standing room only as the night progresses.
What are prohibited items in the concert area?
The Birdsville Big Red Bash has a NO GLASS policy. This includes beer and wine bottles, wine glasses, glass jars, and anything else made of glass.
- Metal cutlery (including cheese knives)
- Umbrellas. If it is raining you should bring good quality rain jackets.
- Tables, sunshades or tents or anything else that will obstruct people's view of the stage (this applies to the concert area, not the camp area)
- Animals (guide dogs allowed)
- Security checks at entry will confiscate any prohibited items, or you will be asked to leave them in your car. Organisers are unable to take any responsibility for confiscated items.
What are prohibited items in the camping area?
The Birdsville Big Red Bash has a NO GLASS policy. This includes beer and wine bottles, wine glasses, glass jars, and anything else made of glass. If you have any glass in your camping set up please leave it in your van or trailers, as we do not want any broken glass in the camp areas. Please do not dispose of any glass in your campfires.
Animals (guide dogs allowed, closest Dog Boarding Kennels: Longreach or Mount Isa, No dog sitting or kannels in Birdsville)
What can I bring to the Birdsville Big Red Bash?
- Picnic rugs and low beach style chairs. Deck or camping chairs are allowed, and will need to be seated towards the back of the concert area to allow lower seating in front.
- Plastic water bottles
- Food - bring a picnic basket. But please - do not set up a BBQ in the concert area!
- The Big Red Bash is in the desert at the bottom of a large sand dune, which has some sloped and uneven areas, so please wear sensible footwear
- Bring sunscreen and a hat! Please note: there are no sheltered areas - come prepared for rain or shine.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Yes, The Big Red Bash is a BYO event,however it is a concert, not a booze up, so please drink responsibly! People who are found to be intoxicated and causing a nuisance to others will be removed from the venue. Please be advised that for those driving back to Birdsville after the concert, Queensland police will be conducting breath testing as patrons leave … and there is only one road out! (reasonable size Eskys allowed)
Is First Aid available?
Yes. Please ask Security, Event staff or First Aid officers for help. There will be a first aid service in attendance. Please consider others as well as your own safety. If someone is in need of medical attention please let Security, Event staff or First Aid know so they can help.
Are passouts available?
You can come and go from the concert area as you please, provided you are wearing your wristband. There is no vehicle movements within the campsite throughout the Big Red Bash which includes leaving and returning to the campsite in vehicles.
What if it rains?
If it does rain the show will go ahead unless conditions are deemed to be dangerous. If the forecast is for even the possibility of rain bring good quality raincoats and suitable footwear. The decision to cancel a show will be made on show day. 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.
Are there facilities for disabled people?
The venue is a remote area in the Simpson Desert. Disabled Portaloo style toilets are available just outside the concert area. Our staff will do their best to assist anyone with a disability to the concert area. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements and we will advise and assist you.
In relation to parking just look out for the signs to disabled parking upon arrival, they will be sign-posted.
Will vehicle access to Big Red be restricted during the concert period?
After a thorough review of the 2015 event and consultation with the police and council, for the safety of everyone including the 1,200-plus kids expected to be at the event Big Red will be closed to vehicle traffic throughout the event from Sunday 3rd to Thursday 6th July. If you are planning to drive over Big Red as part of your trip to the Big Red Bash, please plan to do it outside these times.
For all general enquiries please contact the Big Red Bash below.