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'Nutbush' World Record Broken At Outback Music Festival

11 July 2022 | 9:44 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

The event raised over $60,000 for The Royal Flying Doctor Service

(Image via Matt Williams)

A new world record was set over the weekend in the heartland of outback Australia, with more than 4,000 punters at the Birdsville Big Red Bash music festival smashing the world record for the Largest Nutbush City Limits Dance.

The fans peppers the red desert plains of remote Southwest Queensland, with 4,084 boot scooting bush dancers kicking up the dust in wild costumes to the 1973 Tina Turner classic. 

The new world record nearly double the previous mark of 2,878 dancers which was set at the 2021 Birdville Big Red Bash.

The dance was hosted below the Simpson Desert's legendary 40-metre high Big Red sand dune and was accompanied by a good cause to boot, with participation via registration raising more than $60,000 for the festival's charity partner, The Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Speaking to the crowd, festival owner and Managing Director of the Outback Music Festival Group, Greg Donovan, said; “We all have a fantastic time doing this dance each year, and the money you pay to participate goes directly to the RFDS – every cent of it, so thank you so much. What a spectacular site to see; you are all legends!”

The Big Red Bash concluded over the weekend with performances from Jimmy Barnes, country queen Kasey Chambers and a range of other beloved Australian music acts including Mark Gable, Richard Clapton, Sarah McLeod, Ash Grunwald and The Lachy Doley Group

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The festival is conservatively estimated to bring $15 million in economic benefit to regional and outback Queensland, with the local bakery reporting sales of over 1,500 pies and 900 coffees as punters travelled through to the event.

Tickets are still available for the August Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash that will be headlined by Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins, Jon Stevens, Kasey Chambers, Daryl Braithwaite and many more. For more information, visit