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Melanie Dyer, Caitlyn Shadbolt & More To Honour Tina Turner At Birdsville Big Red Bash

13 June 2023 | 12:04 pm | Mallory Arbour

The tribute promises to be an exhilarating showcase of talent, paying homage to the legendary performer's extraordinary career.

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The Birdsville Big Red Bash, the world's most remote music festival, is gearing up for an unforgettable celebration of Tina Turner's legacy with a newly created tribute on July 6 that will follow the hotly anticipated Big Red Bash Nutbush world record attempt.

Hyped from what organisers are confident will be a new Nutbush world record, festival goers will continue dancing and singing in Tina’s honour as Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews, Grace Knight, Melanie Dyer, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Miranda Carey and Robyn Loau take the stage to deliver electrifying performances of the rock legends greatest hits, including River Deep, Simply the Best and Proud Mary. The tribute promises to be an exhilarating showcase of talent, paying homage to the legendary performer's extraordinary career.

Prior to the concert, the audience will be invited to participate in the Nutbush World Record Attempt. The goal is to gather around 5,000 boot-scootin’ Nutbush dancers, surpassing last year's record, to create Australia's biggest tribute to Tina Turner.

The Nutbush World Record Attempt has become a beloved tradition at the Birdsville Big Red Bash, raising over $500,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) since 2016. This year, with Turner's iconic song turning fifty, the organisers are expecting their biggest turn out to date, creating an unforgettable tribute to the music icon.

"We were deeply saddened to hear of Tina Turner's passing last month. Her legacy will live on through the uniquely Aussie tradition of the Nutbush that we’ve become synonymous with – so much so that we understand that Tina herself was aware of our annual Nutbush world record attempts in Outback Australia," shared Greg Donovan, founder of Outback Music Festival Group who own and operate the Birdsville Big Red Bash and Broke Hill Mundi Mundi Bash events.

"Given our ongoing association, we’re proud to celebrate her life at our tribute concert and with yet another Nutbush World Record Attempt. Thank you to all our artists, partners and fans who have made this happen, and for contributing to the important work of the RFDS."

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Turner passed away at the age of 83 on May 24, 2023. She was one of the biggest recording artists of all time, with a career spanning over 72 singles, 10 studio albums and over six decades.

Don't miss out on the 2023 Birdsville Big Red Bash, celebrating its 10th anniversary, from 4-6 July. This year's event is sold out, but limited re-sale tickets are available via TIXEL.

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