Move over Priscilla – a new music festival is coming to the unofficial capital of the NSW outback.
The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash is planned for August 19-21, with the mayor hoping it will bring in millions of dollars and put the far western city on the national music map.
The three-day annual event was announced on Thursday by NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres in the iconic city.
He was joined by singer Kate Ceberano who will be one of the star attractions at the festival.
Musicians Paul Kelly, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, the Radiators and Ross Wilson are all set to perform at the event.
The line-up also includes Vika & Linda Bull, Mi-Sex, The Chantoozies, Marc Gable, Dragon, Glenn Shorrock, Wendy Matthews and Shane Howard.
“When it comes to Australian music royalty, it doesn’t get much bigger than this so we’re delighted to be supporting this spectacular outback event for regional NSW,” Mr Ayres said.
The festival will be the biggest event ever staged in outback NSW, tipped to eclipse the popular Broken Heel Festival which came about after the hit film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert launched the remote city into cult status.
The event is expected to inject more than $5.4 million into the local community over the next three years.
“We’ve already proven that we can host events in a COVID-safe way here in NSW, and we want to continue restoring people’s confidence,” Mr Ayres said.
“The more people we can get flowing through to our regions and staying overnight, means more jobs and more tourism dollars injected into local economies.”
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley said the festival was great news for the remote city and surrounding communities.
“It puts Broken Hill on the map as a music destination. Many come here to see the heritage of the city, but now they will be able to come here to enjoy music,” she told AAP.
“Pre-COVID we were really struggling, and while COVID has brought more tourists to the area, this really will be a big injection into the economy in the longer term,” she added.
Kate Ceberano hopes the festival will become a yearly pilgrimage for lovers of live music.
“It will be such a great opportunity to be with the families (and their pets) under the beautiful starry NSW skies of Broken Hill, in the cradle of the Barrier Ranges on the Mundi Mundi Plains.”
The government has locked in the event at the Broken Hill site for the next three years.
Ten thousand tickets will go on sale at the end of March.