Despite its ‘no jab, no jive’ vaccination policy, the Birdsville Big Red Bash is officially sold out.
Despite its ‘no jab, no jive’ vaccination policy, the Birdsville Big Red Bash is officially sold out – with around 10,000 people set to hit the world's most remote music festival in July.
Announced in August, organisers of the three-day festival as well Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash announced its new ‘no jab, no jive’ policy, requiring ticket holders, artists, crew, volunteers and vendors over the age of 16 to be fully vaccinated to attend the events in 2022.
Although this decision received a mostly positive response, not all punters welcomed the news. The announcement on the Big Red Bash Facebook page was met with close to 400 angry emojis, representing around 20% of the responses, with many people expressing their outrage, saying they will no longer attend the event and causing heated debate among fans.
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The Mundi Mundi Facebook post also received a similar response.
Managing Director of the Outback Music Festival Group, Greg Donovan says, "We're operating in different times at the moment, so the sell-out has taken a little longer, but we feel incredibly grateful that it's happened and we're on our way to another amazing event. This will be the biggest year we've ever had."
The Birdsville Big Red Bash line-up features headliners Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins as well as Kasey Chambers, Jon Stevens, Kate Ceberano, Richard Clapton, The Rolling Stones Review Starring: Adalita, Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers. Bjorn Again, Sarah McLeod, Shannon Noll, Ash Grunwald, Jack Jones, Dragon, The Radiators, Mick Thomas (Wedding Parties Anything), Mi Sex, Chocolate Starfish, Steve Balbi, Bachelor Girl and Melanie Dyer will also perform.
The 2021 Birdsville Big Red Bash was the first major multi-day music festival to run since COVID hit Australia. Despite restrictions locking some people out of the state, the 2021 Big Red Bash saw record attendance of around 10,000 people across the three-day event. The festival also set a new World Record for the Largest Nutbush Dance. The 2022 festival is scheduled for July 5-7.
Donovan adds, "The COVID protocols we put in place were extraordinary, and day by day we had a new set of hurdles to overcome - from performers in hot spots to additional government requirements. But we did it, and didn't have a single outbreak resulting from the event. We're lucky to operate exclusively outdoors and on a huge event footprint with the biggest concert space in Australia. That combined with the vaccine levels will help keep us all safe again this year."
The 2022 Big Red Bash will take place on July 5-7. For more information, head to the website.
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