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Outback Woodstock booms

Wednesday, 14th April, 2021

By Nardia Keenan

“9,000 attendees and 340 dogs” are booked in for the biggest event ever staged in Outback NSW, the inaugural, Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash, according to founder, Greg Donovan. 

“That’s so far. It’s going up every day.”

Iconic guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ian Moss, will be performing at the festival and said, “The ultimate high is performing in front of people and this will be enhanced under a billion stars.”

From August 19 to 21, those stars will be shining over a stellar, Australian rock line-up, including Paul Kelly, John Williamson, Tim Finn, Kate Ceberano, Glenn Shorrock, Wendy Matthews, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi-Sex, The Chantoozies and many more.

As an experienced organiser of the Big Red Bash in Birdsville, Greg sees many benefits for outback communities from the festivals, including approximately $12 million injected into the outback, Queensland economy. He forecasts $10 million coming into outback NSW for the first Mundi Mundi Bash.

Broken Hill will also benefit from necessary upgrades to infrastructure, including improvements to roads and Telstra services. 

“They will make access easy for the expected 10,000 festival-goers”, Greg said, which is the maximum permitted on the two million square metre location at Belmont Station.

Many casual jobs will also be created and a preference will be given to hiring locals.

Ninety-eight per cent of festival attendees will be on Mundi Mundi Plains for the entire three days and Greg said there will be vehicle rules to manage safety and dust. 

“So you don’t have people driving through the camp.”

On the first stop of his “One man, One Guitar” Australian tour, Moss performed with his acoustic guitars to an enthusiastic and vocal crowd at the Civic Centre last Saturday night. 

Moss featured songs from his debut, 1989 album, Matchbook, which entered the charts at number one and remained there for three consecutive weeks, as well as a few unexpected songs. 

His mesmerising blend of guitar techniques, blues and jazz improvisation and emotive vocals forged a strong connection with the audience.

Moss’s improvisational flights showed his influences of Hendrix and Wes Montgomery, an American, jazz guitarist, and he played a very funky “Mr Rain”, with strong rhythms. This is not surprising as Moss played rhythm guitar in his first band, The Scene, by plugging his acoustic guitar into a bass amplifier. 

There was a lot to satisfy Moss and Cold Chisel fans and the audience erupted into foot-stamping and singing for the encore of the Moss-written Bow River.

Concert-goers, Wilson Bambrick and Georgia Nowak are from Melbourne and Ian Moss was declared “an institution” by Wilson. 

“I’d rather this over a show in Melbourne”.

Moss is looking forward to returning to perform at the Mundi Mundi Bash with his talented, five-piece band, including Zoe Hauptmann on bass, Leanne Paris on keyboards and strong, backing vocals. 

The event will also have a Nutbush City Limits World Record dance-off attempt, comedy and outdoor film screenings, scenic, helicopter flights, camel rides and the ‘Mundi Mundi Undie Run’ fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

There will be dog-friendly camping and concert areas and children under 11 have free entry.

A large range of hot and cold food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available and patrons are welcome to bring their own food and alcohol.

Greg advises people not to delay in buying the last remaining tickets for what Moss calls “outback Woodstock”.

Tickets and more information are available at www.mundimundibash.com.au

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