BIRDSVILLE BIG RED BASHLast-minute volunteers are being called on to help stage the sold-out Birdsville Big Red Bash in Outback Queensland, which kicks off in two weeks and features a slew of Australian music greats including Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Kasey Chambers.

Billed ‘the world’s most remote music festival’ and set to run this July 5-7 against the striking backdrop of the legendary 40-metre-high Big Red sand dune, the Birdsville Big Red Bash will draw a capacity crowd of around 10,000 for three-day camping spectacular of live Australian music, family and dog-friendly activities, and wild and wacky outback fun.

Volunteers can experience all the festival action outside of their shift times and will receive free entry to the three-day event and a merchandise pack in return for their generous time and effort.

“As with many major events in these evolving times, circumstances can quickly change and some of our valued volunteers have had to pull out at the last minute. This means we’re on the lookout for some extra manpower to help ease the load,” said Greg Donovan, festival owner and Managing Director of the Outback Music Festival Group.


“The Birdsville Big Red Bash is sold out, so volunteering is the perfect way to nab an eleventh-hour ticket for those who may have missed out or are keen on a spontaneous outback road trip. In addition to going behind the scenes at one of the world’s most unique bucket-list music festivals and seeing homegrown legends like Barnsey and Missy Higgins, volunteers will be able to give back to regional communities at the same time,” Greg Donovan added.

Each year, the Birdsville Big Red Bash hosts a Bashville Drags race, Fashions in the Desert and Nutbush City Limits World Record attempt to raise much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) – a crucial outback charity that provides help to remote areas often cut off from medical services, as well as inter-hospital transfer services between metropolitan areas.

Since it began working with the RFDS in 2016, the festival has raised more than $350,000 for the RFDSthrough its various charity initiatives.

Volunteer registrations are live now at, with all volunteers needing to be 18 years of age or over.

Volunteers can nominate to complete their shift with friends and family, and in line with a particular skill set or area of interest. Depending on the team, volunteer time commitments start from as little as 13 hours.

The Birdsville Big Red Bash is currently looking to fill volunteer vacancies across a range of essential teams, including Road Marshals, Sustainability, General Set Up & Pack Up, Merchandise and more.

Nominated for ‘Festival of the Year’ at the 2022 Queensland Music Awards, the Birdsville Big Red Bash is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

The festival’s July music bill features an all-star roster of Australian rock, blues and country music icons including Jimmy Barnes, and Missy Higgins. Kasey Chambers, Jon Stevens, Kate Ceberano, Richard Clapton, The Rolling Stones Review Starring: Adalita, Tex Perkins & Tim Rogers, Bjorn Again, Sarah McLeod, Mark Gable, Ash Grunwald, Jack Jones, Dragon, Mick Thomas (Wedding Parties Anything), Mi-Sex, Chocolate Starfish, Steve Balbi, The Lachy Doley Group, Bachelor Girl, Mel Dyer and more.

The all-ages dog-friendly festival will also offer a bumper program of outback entertainment and activities including Doggie Desert Fashions competitions, dunny door painting, Outback Air Guitar Championships, sand dune surfing, sunrise yoga, camel rides, scenic helicopter flights, outdoor cinema screenings, beach volleyball, daytime bands and performers, plus the much-loved Nutbush City Limits World Record attempt and RFDS Bashville Drags & Fashions in the Desert.

The festival can be accessed by road, as well as scheduled and charter flights.

The Big Red Bash does not sell alcohol; however, ticket holders are permitted to bring their own food and alcohol onto the festival site. In addition, there will be a large range of food vendors selling both hot and cold food and beverages at the event. Children aged 11-and-under, plus dogs, can enter the festival for free.