Australian outback music festival Big Red Bash to pay tribute to Tina Turner with ‘Nutbush’ world record attempt

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Australian outback music festival Big Red Bash to pay tribute to Tina Turner with ‘Nutbush’ world record attempt

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Thousands of boot-scooters to hit the red desert sands at July Birdsville Big Red Bash.

With the passing of legendary performer Tina Turner Birdsville Big Red Bash attendees and organisers are rallying to ensure a new world record is set to one of her biggest hits – Nutbush City Limits on Thursday July 6, 2023.

Following its world record last year, when 4,084 boot-scooting bush dancers kicked up the dust in wild and wacky costumes to the 1973 Tina Turner soul classic in 2022, this year’s Nutbush City Limits dance world record attempt will be a highlight of the final day of the sold-out three-day 10th anniversary Birdsville Big Red Bash event.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Queen of Rock and Roll Tina Turner dies aged 83

The Nutbush City Limits world record attempt is set to form Australia’s biggest tribute to Tina Turner with the spectacular dance off set to take place below the Simpson Desert’s legendary 40-metre-high Big Red sand dune – the largest of its kind in the world.

“We were very sad to hear of Tina Turner’s passing earlier this morning. She was an incredible performer and her Nutbush City Limits song and associated world record attempt is a huge, fun part of our events.  We always get quite a few people dressed up as Tina for the Nutbush world record attempt, but we’re now expecting even more this year, says Steve Donovan, Operations Manager for the Outback Music Festival Group who stage the Birdsville Big Red Bash and Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash.

“She was so well loved and it’s always an amazing call to action when her Nutbush song is played out across the festival sites and thousands of boot scooters came together to dance their way into a new world record.  Our Mundi Mundi Bash Mad Max Dress up in August is also sure to have a huge representation of Tina’s iconic Mad Max look.  I’m sure she would have been proud that the Nutbush raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Royal Flying Doctors, and that this legacy will live on.”

The 4,084 Nutbush City Limits world record set at last year’s Birdsville Big Red Bash annihilated the previous mark of 2,878 dancers, which was set at the 2021 Big Red Bash.

The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash staged an epic ‘State of Origin’ battle to try and wrest the world record from the Queensland event however ultimately fell short by 364.

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The Nutbush has collectively raised more than $500,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors since 2016 and this year it’s hoped that around 5,000 people will come together to Nutbush at the Birdsville Big Red Bash – adjudicated by the Australian Book of Records.

The sold out Birdsville Big Red Bash takes place from 4-7 July 2023. Find out more here