Festival organisers today announce the much-anticipated dates for the 2020 Birdsville Big Red Bash, following a sold-out 2019 edition that saw more than 9,000 revelers flock to Queensland’s Simpson Desert for Outback Australia’s biggest annual event.

The 2020 Big Red Bash will run from Tuesday, July 7–Thursday, July 9, 2020, with tickets to the eighth edition of the world’s most remote music festival set to go on sale in October 2019.

Announcements regarding the festival’s 2020 music lineup, as well as ticketing details, will be made in the coming months – with event organisers promising another jam-packed program of iconic Aussie rock and unique outback entertainment and activities. 

“We have had an amazing response from festival-goers who attended this year’s Big Red Bash, which only wrapped a few short days ago. We’ve been inundated with hundreds of queries regarding next year’s festival dates, as punters begin to plan their trip back out to the desert for the 2020 Bash,” said Big Red Bash Founder and Organiser, Greg Donovan.  

“This year was a sold-out event, with record attendance numbers – and it already feels like there’s a huge amount of interest around next year’s event, which is why we’ve chosen to announce the dates for the 2020 Big Red Bash so early,” Donovan added.

Staged in the Simpson Desert outside of the remote Queensland township of Birdsville, the 2019 Big Red Bash attracted more than 9,000 festival-goers from every Australian state and territory, as well as abroad – marking the largest incarnation of the event since its founding. 

Record ticket sales for the 2019 Big Red Bash came on the back of one of the biggest billings in the event’s history. Proudly supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the bucket list music experience has grown exponentially to generate around $11 million in annual revenue for Outback Queensland.

The 2019 Big Red Bash was headlined Oz Rock legends Midnight Oil, who gave a once-in-a-generation, 2.5 hour-long performance against the striking backdrop of the spectacular 40-metre-high Big Red sand dune – a landscape synonymous with the Oils and their many iconic rock anthems including ‘The Dead Heart’, which opened their 2019 Big Red Bash set.

True to his roots as a passionate advocate for the environment, Oils frontman Peter Garrett took to the stage in a t-shirt that read ‘DON’T FRACK THE OUTBACK’ to protest against mining companies lobbying to coal seam gas frack in the pristine Channel Country region where the Big Red Bash is held.

The Oils were joined at the Bash by 16 all-time Australian music greats including Kasey Chambers, The Living End, Busby Marou, Richard Clapton, 1927, Neil Murray and many more.

The 2019 event also saw records and city limits broken when thousands of revelers joined the boot-scooting fun – setting a new World Record with 2,330 participants for the world’s largest Nutbush Dance on the first day of the festival.

The new World Record broke the previous record of 1,719, which was set at last year’s Big Red Bash.

Not just a dustbowl music festival, the all-ages and dog-friendly event offer up a uniquely Australian destination adventure for families, grey nomads, camping enthusiasts and intrepid travelers the world over.

The festival offers up a unique program of outback activities – from comedy and outdoor film screenings to scenic helicopter flights, dune surfing, beach volleyball, camel rides and charity initiatives for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Big Red Bash can be accessed via road vehicles, scheduled and charter flights, and bus tours.

The event does not sell alcohol, but ticket-holders can bring their own food and alcohol onto the event site. In addition, there is a range of food vendors selling both hot and cold food and beverages at the event.

The Big Red Bash also has dog-friendly camping and concert areas and children aged 11-and-under are also able to attend the event for free.

For more information visit www.bigredbash.com.au

What:           2020 Birdsville Big Red Bash

Where:        Big Red sand dune, 35 km West of Birdsville

When:          Tuesday 7 July – Thursday 9 July, 2020

More info:    www.bigredbash.com.au – tickets will go on-sale from October 2019