Australian music icons Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly will headline the fourth annual Birdsville Big Red Bash, an iconic outback music festival that will expand to a three-day event over July 4-6th 2016.

Staged at the famous Big Red sand dune on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert 35km outside Birdsville in Queensland, the Bash promises an experience of a lifetime for anyone seeking a unique Australian outback adventure.

Often described as the most spectacular outdoor concert venue in Australia, the breathtaking 40m high Big Red sand dune is the perfect stage backdrop to the Aussie music legends performing on stage.

Jimmy Barnes will be returning to the Big Red to perform on the final night (6th July), after an impressive high-energy performance at this year’s event.

“Performing at The Big Red Bash was unlike anything I had ever experienced before - playing in the outback with the Big Red dune behind me was truly remarkable and I am excited to be able to take the stage for the second time. To all the people making their way out to Birdsville, I can’t wait to rock the desert with you again at next year’s Bash!”

Paul Kelly, acknowledged as one of Australia’s best ever singer-songwriters, is looking forward to venturing to the legendary Big Red dune for the first time. He will take the stage on the second night of the festival (5th July), saying that he is excited to perform at such a unique and truly Australian venue.

“Everyone I know who's been to the Bash says it's a great event. It'll be my first trip to Birdsville and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope the pub doesn't run out of beer.”

Kicking off the Bash on the first night will be the ever popular duo of Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd, who will play all of their classics and more over 2 great sets.

The previous Big Red Bash saw over 3,000 people from all over Australia make their way to Birdsville for the outback music festival of the year. The Bash particularly appealed to families, with over 600 children enjoying the freedom of the desert and the giant sand dune.

Event organisers are preparing to again blow away concert-goers, with the 2016 event set to be even bigger and better. The spectacular light and laser show will return, where the Big Red is illuminated with stunning formations under the dazzling desert night skies.

Back for his second Big Red Bash, the likable larrikin Wilbur Wilde will be the MC over the 3 days and nights of entertainment. Wilbur will keep the crowd entertained during the breaks as he did this year, as well as sneaking his saxophone into any of the artist’s act he can. The addition of an extra day will mean even more classic Aussie music, with organisers also increasing the event camping capacity and facilities.

One of outback Queensland's most renowned and remote towns, Birdsville sits on the edge of the Simpson and Sturt Stony Deserts. Despite its isolation, Birdsville is a thriving community and has been named Queensland’s friendliest town.

The full line-up of the many more iconic Aussie music acts to come will be announced in time for tickets, which go on sale on the 9th of November 2015.

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