2021 Birdsville Big Red Bash outback music festival sells out in less than five minutes

Yesterday at 9am organisers of the 2021 Birdsville Big Red Bash remote music festival released a limited run of refund tickets to next year’s event – selling out before the clock hit 9.05am.

This secures the Birdsville Big Red Bash a place in Australia’s post-Covid history as the first sell-out music festival for 2021.

When Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the sold-out 2020 Birdsville Big Red Bash event in April this year, ticket holders were given the option to hold onto their tickets for the 2021 event, or take up a refund offer.

With the full stellar line-up of 20 Australian music legends including Paul KellyTim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi Sex, Wendy Matthews, Thirsty Merc, Marc Gable, Glenn Shorrock and Caitlin Shadbolt that were announced for the 2020 festival locked in for 2021, only ten percent of Big Red Bash ticket holders took up the refund offer.

Next year’s all-ages outback festival is set to run July 6-8, 2021, on the striking red sands of Queensland’s Simpson Desert, in front of ‘Big Red’ – a 40-metre high sand dune that provides a spectacular natural amphitheatre setting found nowhere else in the world.

The refund tickets to the 2021 event flew out the door at more than 200/minute when they were release at 9am, with organisers thrilled with the veracious demand.

“To say we’re happy with the response would be an understatement.  The demand is so great that we then spent the day fielding messages from those who unfortunately missed out on securing a ticket,” said Big Red Bash Founder and Organiser, Greg Donovan.

“We’re relieved and grateful, and hope that this is a sign of things to come for other event organisers.  It’s certainly a great litmus test on the appetite for travel within Australia, and fantastic to see so many people jumping on-board so quickly to support outback travel.”

“We have a passionate base of followers – and the 2020 event sold out in record time last year less than a month after tickets went on-sale.  We can’t thank our patrons enough for their ongoing support of the event.  Many of them are return customers who are sold on the unique outback experience,” added Greg Donovan.

Ticket allocation to the 2020 Big Red Bash had been pushed to a record 10,000 festivalgoers – up from 9,000 in previous years – and with those numbers now locked in for 2021 next year’s event will be the biggest incarnation of the bucket list festival.

The Big Red Bash is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a proudly family-friendly event, offering dog-friendly camping and concert areas, with children aged 11-and-under able to attend for free.