Located at the Big Red Dune, some 35km west of Birdsville on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, The Big Red Bash is Australia’s most remote major music festival held over 3 days and located in outback Queensland.
Big Red is the last of some 1,100 dunes that travellers encounter when travelling across the Simpson Desert from the west, and it's the first dune you'll encounter from the east.
The Big Red Bash is the most amazing and unique outback concert experience you'll ever have. Set in the Simpson Desert, we don't have to keep the volume down out here! The Big Red Bash is an RV Friendly event, and we welcome campers, backpackers, caravan and 4WD travellers to the far west for this special outback adventure.
The concert site is accessible by a good quality dirt road, suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles. If your vehicle made it to Birdsville, then you'll have no problems making it out to Big Red.
So come to the Big Red Bash and enjoy a real sense of outback freedom. Set up camp on the dry lake bed, kick back and enjoy the big blue skies by day and the brightest starlit skies by night. The beautiful natural light and sweeping vistas together with the stunning red dunes are an amazing experience.
Enjoy the outback hospitality and campsite camaraderie, and of course the great music.
See you at Big Red in July 2018 for a true Aussie outback adventure!
What do I do with my eticket?
Entry to the Big Red Bash site is through an official 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 managing the 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 7th to 12th July 9am-5pm
Can I buy merchandise?
Merchandise will be available at a marquee outside the Birdsville Visitor Information Centre during the same times and location as the wristband collection. Date TBC for 2018
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 chairs are only allowed in the roped off area close to the stage, although as the evening progresses, this area becomes the dancing area.
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)
- 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.
What can I bring to the Birdsville Big Red Bash?
- Picnic rugs and low beach style chairs. Deck or camping chairs are allowed, although you 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 of the site! (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 pass-outs available?
You can come and go from the concert area as you please, provided you are wearing your wristband. There are 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 accommodation sites for messages regarding traffic, parking or wet weather arrangements.
Please note: In the event of inclement weather 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 signs to disabled parking spots as 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 in consultation with the police and council, the Big Red dune will be closed to vehicle traffic for the safety of everyone, including the 1,200-plus kids expected to be at the event. If you are planning to drive over Big Red as part of your trip to the Big Red Bash, please do it outside of these times.
Where can I fill up with water?
There will be 2 convenient locations to fill your water supplies. Water will be available at the free camping location (taps on the right-hand side of the road heading into BIrdsville) or at the Bronco Branding yards. Please try not to line up on the road while waiting your turn to fill up with water.
For all general enquiries please contact the Big Red Bash below.