Monday Jun 05, 2023

Outback Qld town of Birdsville sets Nutbush City Limits dance record



It’s a long way from rural Tennessee, but a town in outback Queensland has celebrated Tina Turner’s classic Nutbush City Limits in world-record style.

More than 4000 punters at the Birdsville Big Red Bash music festival on Thursday set a world record for the biggest Nutbush dance.

Sporting mullets, tutus and even dinosaur costumes, dancers each chipped in $15 to raise more than $60,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Since 2016 the festival has generated more than $435,000 for the RFDS.

Turner penned Nutbush City Limits in 1973 as a tribute to her home town in Tennessee, but the Nutbush line dance has its roots in Australia.

The music superstar isn’t known to have ever performed the dance herself.

Thursday’s official figure of 4084 dancers comfortably exceeded the previous world record of 2078, also set at Birdsville last year.

The Big Red Bash will wrap up on Thursday night with performances from Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers and other Australian acts.

A Doggie Desert Fashion competition will also crown the outback’s most stylish pups.

Organisers say the festival brings about $15 million in economic benefit to regional and outback Queensland.

Birdsville is home to about 150 people, but the town’s bakery is said to be reporting daily sales of close to 1500 curried camel pies and 900 coffees during the festival.


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