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Big Red Bash 2020

Join a massive synchronised Nutbush dance, go sand dune surfing and watch Aussie rock bands at this regional festival.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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Big Red Bash 2020

Join a massive synchronised Nutbush dance, go sand dune surfing and watch Aussie rock bands at this regional festival.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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If you're a fan of the Nutbush dance — or just always wanted to get involved in one massive line dance — then Big Red Bash should be your first stop on an unusual festival journey. Each July, the town of Birdsville hosts an outback music festival, located at the edge of the Simpson Desert in southwest Queensland. And, each year, festival goers attempt to smash the Nutbush World Record for the most people performing the dance in one place. Here's a video, if you need a quick refresh.

That place is pretty spectacular, too — the festival campgrounds are located on an organic cattle station within the bed of a dried-out lake. The region's giant red sand dunes also act as a natural amphitheatre for the music lineup. While this year's list has not yet been announced, last year saw the likes of Aussie rock band Midnight Oil, singer-songwriter Richard Clapton and punk rock band The Living End. Campers can also expect sand dune surfing, camel rides and helicopter flights.

Images: Matt Williams.

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