Written by on 04/07/2023

A downpour on the eve of the famous Birdsville Bash desert festival means closed roads and major changes as organisers try to get around the muddy mess.

Outback Queensland was smashed with a huge weather system dumping more than 100mm in some parts – more than 10 times the average July rainfall and Birdsville, normally dry as a bone has copped more than 16.8mm of rain in the past 24 hours which means thousands of campers pouring into the festival site have been forced to make other arrangements after entry to the “Bashville” site was suspended on Monday.

Birdsville police have been helping people find suitable places to stay while they have road blocks in place.

A swag of major roads have also been closed due to flooding with the Birdsville Track from SA closed to all motorists

It hasn’t stopped thousands of fans heading to the remote festival, with over 10,000 people still expected to attend.

The Big Red Bash officially kicks off at 12.15pm today, Tuesday July 4 and wraps up on Thursday July 6 with an incredible 21 Australian Artists performing and the final day will include a tribute show for Tina Turner in the evening.

Here’s the line up:

Tuesday: John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Pierce Brothers, The Waifs, Hoodoo Gurus and Furnace and the Fundamentals.

Wednesday: Jack Jones, The Chantoozies, Ross Wilson, Shane Howard,

Thursday: Melanie Dyer, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Wendy Matthews, Grace Knight, Dragon, Pete Murray, Chocolate Starfish and Human Nature.

Article compiled from various sources including Images Danica Clayton, Main Image – unknown.

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