FOUR-LEGGED FUN SET TO ABOUND AT NSW’s BIGGEST OUTBACK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Grab the lead and water bowl – your swag, tent or van – and hit the road this April to the Mundi Mundi Broken Hill music festival, where four legged friends are as welcome as any family member to rock the plains. The inaugural all-ages, dog-friendly event kicks off from April 21 to 23, 2022.
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Hundreds of dogs will be welcomed with their adventure seeking owners for a music festival like no other, under wide open skies and on the red earth of the Mundi Mundi Plains outside of Silverton in Outback NSW
Running in the Easter School holidays – the weekend after the Easter long-weekend, the event will be one of Australia’s most unique bucket list music experiences, for humans and canines alike.
The Outback event will be staged across three huge days in April featuring an epic line-up of iconic Aussie acts including Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris, Glenn Shorrock, Ross Wilson, Vika & Linda, Wendy Matthews, Shane Howard, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Chocolate Starfish, Mi-Sex, The Chantoozies, Bjorn Again, Mark Gable, Steve Balbi and Caitlyn Shadbolt.
In 2022 there will also be a one-off two incarnations of the Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash – with another event with joint headliners Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins along with Kasey Chambers, Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite and other legendary performers being staged from August 18-21, 2022.
“In addition to being the world’s most remote music festival, our Birdsville Big Red Bash was Australia’s first dog friendly music festival. So ensuring dogs are well catered for at our new Mundi Mundi Bash sister event was a no brainer. We’re dog lovers and many of our festival goers have dogs, and love hitting the road with their fur-kids – especially when the first Mundi Mundi Bash event falls in the Easter School holidays. We’ll have a special dog-friendly section at the festival, as well as an allocated dog zone in the concert arena. We’re a family friendly event, and to us dogs are important family members. And our outback location means we have an abundance of space to allocate nice big camping spots,” said festival organiser and owner Greg Donovan, MD of the Outback Music Festival Group.
Close to 400 dogs attend the Birdsville Big Red Bash each year, and similar numbers are expected at the Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash.
With more than three-quarters of festival goers opting to hold onto their tickets to the previously sold-out Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash when the decision was made mid-last year to postpone the event to Easter 2022, those looking for a COVID safe outback adventure with an abundance of space and an entirely outdoor concert arena are encouraged to fetch tickets asap at www.mundimundibash.com.au
“April is a very busy month on event calendars. We have a brand new event experience that’s never been available in NSW before, and we have a lot of unique elements that no other events running at that time can offer. I have had to shake my head at events moaning publicly about other much bigger events moving to ‘their’ dates. Only because they actually moved to our exact event dates well after we’d announced them, so it’s a bit of a pot calling the kettle black moment. And at least both of the events that have moved to ‘our’ dates have been able to secure additional Government funding to help them with the change of dates. We don’t qualify for any of that. Date clashes aren’t ideal for any of us, but as I’ve said many times during these unprecedented COVID times, it is what it is. We still have tickets to sell, but we also have a fantastic base of tickets sold and we’re looking forward to delivering an amazing outback music experience,” added Greg Donovan.
10,000 festival-goers, many with their dogs, will converge on the ‘Bashville’ Mundi Mundi Bash campsite site for a jam-packed line-up of live Australian rock music, as well as a host of outback entertainment and activities – from a Nutbush City Limits World Record dance off attempt (the current record of 2,878 dancing revellers was set by the Big Red Bash on Thursday July 8, 2021) to a Mad Max costume dress up world record attempt, comedy and outdoor film screenings, scenic helicopter flights, camel rides and charity initiatives such as the ‘Mundi Undie Run’ – raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The events will also boast the fun of a Doggie dress-up fashion competition. Dogs and owners have the opportunity to pick up prizes for the best costume, best trick, coolest mutt and best doggie/owner costume combo.
The event site is a location that is as vast as it is beautiful, allowing for well-above social distancing and featuring Australia’s biggest, entirely outdoor, concert space.
Days will boast clear cornflour blue skies with mild desert temps of 24 degrees, and crisp nights showcasing a glittering sky that only the remote Outback can offer, with a Milky Way so vivid festival goers will feel they can reach out and touch it.
And, there’s not another gig being staged in NSW that offers anything like the spectacularly rugged Barrier Ranges on the Mundi Mundi Plains as a performance backdrop.
The event location on the historic Mundi Mundi Plains in the Silverton region is where the post-apocalyptic opening scenes of Mad Max 2 were filmed, along with key scenes for Priscilla Queen of the Desert and comedian Jimeoin’s film The Craic. George Miller has this week confirmed further scenes will be filmed in 2022 for the new Chris Hemsworth chapter of the Mad Max franchise.
While the Mundi Mundi Bash location is remote it is easily accessible, with sealed road leading right up to the event site meaning festival goers don’t have to have a 4WD to make the trip to the event.
The events offer up a uniquely Australian destination adventure for families, grey nomads, camping and caravanning enthusiasts and intrepid travelers and live music enthusiasts, and have a ‘no jab, no jive’ policy in place for 2022 – requiring that all festival goers 16 and over must be fully vaccinated to attend.
Event organisers the Outback Music Festival Group set the gold standard for running COVID safe events in Australia when they successfully staged the COVID free Birdsville Big Red Bash event in July 2021. They became the only music promoters to stage a multi-day music festival since COVID hit Australia.
The detailed learnings and systems put in place to run the event in 2021 have been further refined, and organisers are working closely with Governmental and NSW Health on 2022 COVID safety plans.
“We’re really proud of what achieved last year in staging a massive, multi-day, live-music event in the middle of a pandemic. We had onsite rapid COVID testing, isolation areas that thankfully weren’t needed, plans in place with the RFDS and area health and created artist bubbles, re-worked the line-up where we had to and generally had a never say die approach. We found a work-around for every single roadblock that was thrown our way. We have an awesome team of experts who have proven themselves the best in the business at executing event COVID safety. And despite the huge layers of safety protocol in place none of the joyous fun of the event was lost and we were dubbed the happiest place on earth for the three days the festival ran. We operate entirely outdoors in the biggest concert spaces in all of Australia with a limited number of only 10,000 patrons – this will continue to ensure we can offer a level of COVID safety no other major event can deliver while having an awesome time enjoying some of Australia’s best live performers,” said Greg Donovan.
Both the Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash events will be BYO alcohol for both the campsite and concert areas, and ticket holders are also permitted to bring their own food. There will also be a large range of food vendors selling both hot and cold food and non-alcoholic beverages at the events.
The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash is supported by Destination NSW, with the event expected to generate millions in revenue for Outback NSW.
What: 2022 Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash
Where: Belmont Station, on the Mundi Mundi Plains 9km north of Silverton – 35km north of Broken Hill
When: April 21-23, 2022 and August 18-20, 2022
More info & tickets: www.mundimundibash.com.au