One of Australia’s best-loved musicians, John Williamson's impressive career spans more than 40 years. His unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. He has been inducted into the prestigious ARIA Hall of Fame, secured 3 ARIA Awards, 24 Golden Guitars, Platinum and Gold albums and over 4 million album sales. In 2012, Williamson released his first all-original album in almost four years, The Big Red. He will perform a concert atop ‘Big Red’ itself on 8 July 2013 as part of the Big Red Run: www.johnwilliamson.com.au
The charity concert is free for runners and supporters of Big Red Run, and also for Birdsville locals.
We welcome all others to attend this unique and memorable concert.
Concert Ticket prices are:
Children (12 to 18) $50
Under 12 (FREE)
Tickets include a special concert Lanyard which can be kept as a souvenir.
Online Ticket Sales are Now Closed - Tickets Can Still be Purchased at The Birdsville Tourist Office
Where is the concert being staged?
The concert will be staged on top of Big Red. (See the attached maps).
What time does the concert start?
The concert will start around 5.30 pm and go to 7.30 pm to 8 pm with a roughly 20 minute break. The organisers are advising people to get there well and truly before the start time.
Where can I collect my pre-purchased tickets from?
Pre-purchased tickets can be collected from the organisers at the Big Red Run office in the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre in Birdsville from 9am Friday 5 July to 2pm Monday 8 July. Alternatively, they can be collected at the concert itself at Big Red on Monday 8 July. Please ensure you bring your receipt that would have been emailed to you upon booking.
Where can I purchase tickets from?
You can purchase tickets from the organisers at the Big Red Run office in the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre in Birdsville from 9am Friday 5 July to 2pm Monday 8 July. Tickets will also be available for purchase from marshals on both approaches to Big Red on the day of the concert.
How can I get there?
Kylie Scott (0419 364 381) from Desert Edge Tours is organising a shuttle bus service out to Big Red for the concert. Contact her directly if you would like to book a seat. Otherwise, you will need to self-drive.
Where can I park? Will there been signage/?
Signed designated parking areas will be marked on both approaches to Big Red at its base.
How do I get up from the base to the top of Big Red?
You will need to walk up to the top of Big Red from the carpark. A 4WD will be on hand to ferry less able concert goers up to the top of Big Red.
Can I drive up on Big Red?
No. All cars must be left in the designated parking area and passengers must walk up to the top of Big Red.
Will the 4WD road across Big Red to the desert be open?
The road across Big Red heading to the desert will be closed to all traffic from 8am Monday 8 July to 10am Tuesday 9 July to allow for the set up of the concert. However, Big Red will still be open to all walkers.
Can I take chairs/blankets to sit on?
Yes. Rugs and small “beach style” chairs are the preferred seating arrangements on the dune. Regular sized camp chairs will need to be seated behind the lower seating.
Will food be available?
Yes, the Birdsville Social Club will be holding a sausage sizzle at the base of Big Red for the concert. However you are welcome to bring your own food. Please remember to take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
Will alcohol/drinks be available?
No. You are however welcome to bring your own drinks. Please remember this is a NO GLASS event, and this rule will be strictly enforced. Also, please drink responsibly and make sure you have a designated sober driver or camp overnight.
Will there be any toilets?
Yes, there will be a number of port-a-loos at the base of Big Red.
Can I camp at Big Red?
Yes. You can camp at the base of Big Red, but only for the night of Monday 8 July.
Can I bring my dog?
What should I wear?
Dress warmly as it is likely to be cold and there could be a wind.
What time does the concert finish?
The concert will finish at approximately 8pm.
Australian Air Tours are offering a private charter tour flying to and from the concert with John Williamson and his crew from Brisbane. Details for this very special once in a lifetime experience can be found here.
Kirkhope Aviation are offering a two day flying tour from Melbourne including a stop over in Innamincka for a boat cruise on the Cooper Creek. For more details or to reserve your seat, please visit their website.
If you have any questions about the concert, or wish to provide any feedback, please complete the form below and we will respond to you promptly.