Mega Queensland music festival gets Covid safety greenlight

The Big Red Bash festival in outback Queensland would suffer a $1.2m hit if Victorians were barred from coming.

A Queensland music festival with a capacity for 10,000 people has had their comprehensive Covid safety plans approved by the Queensland Government.

To be staged from July 6-8, The Birdsville Big Red Bash is the world’s most remote music festival, and will be staged on a massive 1.3 million square metre open air site, enabling it to accommodate Covid-safe rules.

“Our highly experienced Big Red Bash event team worked diligently to ensure that all the requirements of Queensland’s Covid Safe Event Framework were met, and it’s fantastic to now have the official approval from Queensland Health ensuring we’re on-track to deliver a Covid-safe event in July.”  said Big Red Bash founder and organiser Greg Donovan.

“We will release all the specifics of our Covid Safe -plans as we get closer to the event being staged so that our patrons will know exactly what to expect in advance of arriving at Bashville. As there may be easing of restrictions as vaccines are rolled out over the coming months, we’ll continue to monitor and work with Queensland Health to update our Covid safety plans, as and when necessary.”

Every one of the acts that were booked to perform at the cancelled 2020 event re-signed for this year, with organisers looking forward to delivering the biggest incarnation yet of the outback event.

“The Big Red Bash is set to become one of the first truly national events since the pandemic began and border closures prevented people from around Australia travelling freely throughout our vast land,” said Donovan.

The festival will also features a program of outback activities including outdoor film screenings, scenic helicopter flights, dune surfing, beach volleyball, camel rides, a Nutbush Dance World Record attempt and Bashville Drags charity fun run.