Big Red 2019

The Simpson Desert in Queensland is set to light up again from the 16th – 19th July for this year’s Big Red Bash. For those who aren’t accustomed to this uniquely outback experience, this family friendly desert camping/concert, which launched in 2013, draws together iconic Australian musicians at a place called “Big Red” just beyond the town of Birdsville, in south west Queensland.

Big Red is the highest sand dune in the Simpson Desert and there, under a canopy of stars, families, grey nomads, backpackers (and really anyone with a taste for outback adventure), are entertained for three nights of incredible music. The concert and campsite grounds are located on an organic cattle station called Adria Downs – a pristine environment usually restricted from campers. The camping area sits on the dried-out bed of an ancient lake with the giant red sand dune as a backdrop. It forms a natural amphitheatre, and the perfect setting for an outback concert.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are the official vehicle sponsor, and we’re planning to Trakka road trip our way to attend this incredible event too. So far, we have interested parties coming from WA, NSW, VIC and QLD and if you have a Trakka & would like to join our crew, reach out to us and let us know (via [email protected]). The area of Birdsville itself has a rich history in drawing people together. The traditional custodians of the land are the Wangkangurru-Yarluyandi people and for thousands of years, Wirrarri (Birdsville) was one of the places people gathered to trade grinding stones, ochre, weapons and other goods. It’s proven to be a pretty special place.

It’s here that Midnight Oil will headline their first multi day Australian music festival in over 22 years, and the rest of the line up looking pretty amazing too. Already confirmed is The Living End, Richard Clapton, 1927, Busby Marou, Wendy Matthews and so many more. If you’re interested in finding out more, head to or give us a shout.

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