Volunteer applications ARE OPEN NOW!
We are thrilled to be launching our volunteer portal for the Big Red Bash 2024 (July 2nd – 4th)! We’d love you to join us as part of the Bashville volunteer crew.
For any odd vollie inquiry, feel free to get in touch with one of our team members here – firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering at the Big Red Bash is a great way to get involved behind the scenes at Australia’s most remote music festival. It is also a more affordable means of attending the Bash while getting to meet loads of like-minded people who come from all walks of life, all sorts of backgrounds and who bring a huge range of diverse work experience to the event. In return our volunteers become part of an inclusive, fun-loving crew, and leave the Bash with unforgettable experiences – and often new friends for life.
With over 20 different volunteer teams, you are sure to find something that appeals to your interests, skills and work experience. We have road marshals directing campers into their site, volunteers with retail experience helping out in the merch tent and practical jobs around the campground, helping with set up and packdown of the event – there is something for everyone!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Big Red Bash, please read the following before completing your application. Please be aware that due to the remote nature of the event, we will only be accepting volunteers 18 years and over.
The Big Red Bash concert is 35km west of Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert. There is no electricity, mobile phone reception or water. There will be food vendors selling food while the concert is operating. We also provide composting loos in the volunteer camping area.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US
- A ticket to the three days of the concert PLUS early entry camping. If confirmed as a volunteer, you will not need to buy a ticket.
- Early access to the Merchandise Tent, before patrons arrive on site.
- Opportunity to be part of an event in the Simpson Desert.
- A camping spot in the volunteer camping area.
- A free Bash crew shirt, Bash cap or beanie, Bash souvenir program, Bash tube bandana and Bash tote bag.
- A post thank you event with nibblies and a drink in the Greenroom.
- Thorough training in your role and room for growth to other positions in future years.
Volunteers are fully supported by our professional team of event organisers which includes qualified risk and safety experts, a qualified builder for the stage, a qualified electrician and professional production crew. You can view more information about your role as a volunteer here.
Due to the remote location of the Big Red Bash, our volunteers need to be self-sufficient for the duration of your time in the desert. These are the things you will need to consider:
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Volunteers are welcome to bring their children with them to the event however, you will need to purchase tickets for them. Anyone under 18 cannot sign on as a volunteer. This means children and youth will need to hold the appropriate tickets if they are coming with you to the event. To secure either of these tickets as a volunteer please reach out to us via the Contact Us Portal. For most positions your children cannot accompany you during your volunteer shifts. You will need to make other arrangements for them while you are on shift.
VOLUNTEERING WITH DOGS
Dogs cannot accompany volunteers on their shifts. Dogs must be looked after by responsible person(s) during those times. Volunteers bringing dogs to the event, please ensure you read and follow the Dog Attendance Rules.
You need to be self-sufficient with your own transport on site. We anticipate that most volunteers will have their own cars – and for some shifts it is a requirement (your volunteer bundle will outline which shift requires a vehicle). Alternatively, you can find other volunteers via our Facebook Volunteer Group and make contact about car-pooling, however it is not guaranteed you will find an appropriate person to carpool with. Once vehicles are inside the campsite there is a strict no driving policy. Volunteers who need to drive to get to their shift will be exempt from this and will be provided with a vehicle pass. Check out our Transport Options for a number of ways to get to the Big Red Bash.
You need to bring your own camper, van, tent, swag or similar to the event. Once you arrive, you will be directed to the volunteer camping area within the event grounds.
You need to be self-sufficient with your own food, water and camping supplies. There is a small general store in Birdsville but it can run out of some items when the big concert crowds hit town so it is best to bring all of your own supplies. Birdsville has a hotel and bakery although it’s not always possible to get a meal in busy times.
READY TO START YOUR JOURNEY?
Existing ticket holders are not entitled to refunds on their tickets, so please consider this carefully before applying for a volunteer role.
To apply to volunteer visit our Volunteer Application Portal.