Dog-friendly Big Red Bash kicks off tomorrow


With water bowls and Puppacinos in cafes and pubs now the norm, the world’s most remote music festival—the Birdsville Big Red Bash—is preparing to welcome hundreds of pups and pooches to Outback Queensland.

Kicking off tomorrow—and finishing on Thursday (16-18 July)—the Big Red Bash is a unique music experience, for humans and canines alike. 

The remote outback event will once again be staged in Queensland’s Simpson Desert, featuring a line-up of 16 iconic Aussie acts including Midnight Oil, The Living End, Richard Clapton, 1927, Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou and more.

“We’re proud to be Australia’s only dog-friendly music festival,” Big Red Bash founder and organiser Greg Donovan said.

We’re an all-ages, family-friendly event, so it seems only natural that our festival-goers can also able to bring their dogs. The nature of our event—camping in the Queensland Outback—also makes it easy for dogs to be part of the fun. 

“We made the event dog friendly in 2017, and in that year and 2018, around 400 dogs per year attended. We’re expecting similar numbers this year,” Donovan added.

As well as live Australian rock music, the 9000 festival goers expected to attend—many with their dogs—can also enjoy other entertainment and activities such as dune-surfing and sunrise yoga.

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