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Charleville is gearing up to host a once-in-a-decade party as road-weary Big Red Bash travellers and country music fans from across the country descend on the outback town for the Halfway There Shindig. This renowned one-night music festival began as a stop-over for thirsty travellers on their way to the Big Red Bash in Birdsville but has grown to be an event in its own right.

On Saturday, July 1st, 2023, the Halfway Shindig will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Slim Dusty's eponymous song about Charleville, while the 2023 Big Red Bash, now sold-out, will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Mayor Shaun (Zoro) Radnedge said that this fortunate coincidence is sure to attract thousands to the legendary festival. 'This is going to be big,' he added. 'With so much going on, including the line-up and all the celebrations, this will be a night when memories are made.'

The line-up for the Halfway There Shindig features the ever-popular Robbie Mortimer, Toyota Starmaker Competition Finalist, as well as Russell Dewhurst and David Kirkpatrick, Slim Dusty's son, and his band, the Two Tone Pony.

The Mayor predicts that while the night will be memorable, there'll be an unmissable moment when David Kirkpatrick performs the iconic song about Charleville, in Charleville, that was recorded by Slim Dusty 30 years ago.

"You'll wish you were here," said Mayor Radnedge, urging people to come along. "There's time to plan a family trip to the outback. You won't regret it."

Thirty years ago, country music superstar the late Slim Dusty famously sang of a party at Charleville in his hit song, helping publicise the outback town and turning it into a must-see destination for two generations of Australians. There will be a presentation of a plaque to commemorate the 30-year anniversary.

Adding to the promised success of the event, REX airlines have very recently come on board as sponsors of the Halfway There Shindig, helping the community celebrate its iconic place in Australia.

The evening features a Fire Drum Competition and Exhibition with categories that include Functional ($700 winner, $300 runner's up) and Fancy ($700 winner, $300 runner's up), plus People's Choice ($500 winner). There is also a classic car show, street parade, and market stalls/food trucks.

Tickets can be booked via this link

*Please note that you will need to select the event date (1 July 2023) in the booking section to book your ticket.

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