Episode 16: The World’s Most Remote Music Festival
Updated: Jul 4, 2020
It’s the world’s most remote music festival: “three days drive from just about anywhere.” There’s no electricity, no internet and no accommodation, apart from camping, yet in the last 5 years, The Big Red Bash in the outside Birdsville (pop 110) in Central Australia, named for the desert’s biggest dune “Big Red,” has grown from a modest 500 attendees to more than 10 000 in 2018.
Attracting some big-name Australian artists, it also generates around 11 million much-needed dollars tourist dollars for the wider outback region.
In this episode, we talk to Big Red Bash organiser Greg Donovan about the logistics of putting on this extraordinary music festival, how he goes about building a temporary town in the middle of desert and why, music lover or not, you should put it on your bucket list.