August 12, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Just days out from the festival, the New South Wales government has revealed it handed over $200,000 to the Mundi Mundi Bash, near Broken Hill, to fund the event’s headline act Midnight Oil.

The festival, which is taking place twice this year after its inaugural event was postponed from August 2021 to September 2021 and then to April 2022 due to COVID lockdowns, is expected to bring around 9,000 people to outback NSW next week.

“Helping organisers host world-class events in their own backyard delivers on our commitment to drive investment and tourism in the regions,” said NSW deputy premier and minister for regional NSW Paul O’Toole.

“Catching one of the country’s greatest bands play on the red dirt for the final time, against one of the most spectacular backdrops regional NSW has on offer, cements the outback as a tourism hot spot.”

Midnight Oil is in the middle of its self-proclaimed final tour.

The state government has also given the event $50,000 to improve accessibility.

The funding is part of NSW government’s $40 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund and it’s not the first time that the program’s grants have been provided to help secure headline acts for regional music festivals – Deniliquin’s Play on the Plains festival received over $195,000 for its 2022 event, which was used partly to help finance major acts at the event.

Applications are currently open for a second round of grants through the Regional Events Acceleration Fund, with $20 million up for grabs for events this financial year.

Applications close October 4.