Over 6,500 descend on the simpson desert for the 5th Birdsville BIG RED BASH!
Over 6,500 festival goers camped out in a pop-up town in the dry lakebed on the edge of the Simpson Desert for the fifth annual Birdsville Big Red Bash, the most remote music festival in the world.
Travellers from across Australia gathered to rock out at the Big Red Sand Dune with headline acts Missy Higgins, James Reyne, Mark Seymour and Lee Kernaghan celebrating his 25TH career anniversary.
Missy Higgins kicked off the three-day outback music festival with crowd favourites The River, Scar and Oh Canada. “We had an amazing time at the Birdsville Big Red Bash. It’s by far the most remote place I’ve ever played, and such a stunning location. It’s a powerful experience playing in the desert amongst the giant red sand dunes and the crowd were wonderful, ” Higgins said.
Whilst taking in the breathtaking surroundings of the Australian outback festival goers put on their best Priscilla Queen of the Desert outfits for the Bashville Drags and Fashions in the Desert, which raised funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The event welcomed people of all ages and this year dogs were also invited to enjoy the festival with their owners in a popular pet camping area as part of the 8kms of surveyed area that was mapped into temporary streets with local iconic names like Burke and Wills Way and Nappanerica Pathway. Over 1,000 campfires warmed up the desert winter nights and warm sunny days, under huge outback skies were perfect for the event.
The Bashville village was built-in three days with 30 truckloads of gear and supplies transported to the site and some 350 volunteers working alongside crew for some 8,000 hours to deliver the Festival. Over 120,000 litres of water had to be supplied to the site and a similar amount of waste plus five semi-trailers of garbage removed.
The final day of the festival was a 7-hour, one-of-a-kind celebration of country star Lee Kernaghan’s career. 2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Lee’s ground breaking debut album The Outback Club, and to help him celebrate he was joined by Christie Lamb, James Blundell, The McClymonts, Tania Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley and The Wolfe Brothers for an epic finale.
The journey to the festival was all part of the fun with many festival goers saying it added to their bucket list experience. Organisers estimate ticket holders from across Australia travelled a combined 26 million kms to the Bash.
Visit their website for information on the 2018 Big Red Bash!