Nutbush world record bid at Birdsville’s Big Red Bash

CITY LIMITS: Nic and Jenny Landsberry and Jane Turner are ready to Nutbush in a good cause at this year's Birdsville Big Red Bash. Photo: Derek Barry
CITY LIMITS: Nic and Jenny Landsberry and Jane Turner are ready to Nutbush in a good cause at this year's Birdsville Big Red Bash. Photo: Derek Barry

You may have heard of the world record attempt for the number of dancers of Nutbush City Limits at next week’s Birdsville Big Red Bash, now meet the women helping get this crazy idea off the ground.

The Bash, at Big Red sand dune 30km west of town wants to get a Guinness World Record for the most people dancing to Nutbush City Limits at once. 

Mount Isans Nicole Landsberry and Jane Turner, along with Nicole’s mum Jenny, who lives on the NSW south coast at Jervis Bay, will help Bash organisers get the dance ready for take-off at the dune on July 13.

It all started when Nicole and Jane were going to last year’s Bash and Nicole decided mum Jenny, who is a line dance teacher, needed to be there too because “she’s a cowgirl”.

“So, I wrote on the Big Red Bash Facebook group, ‘who wants to bootscoot in the Simpson Desert?’ and all these people said yes,” Nicole said.

“So I rang mum and said you have to come now, everyone wants to do it.”

Jenny did attend with Nicole and Jane and the trio helped people organise themselves into a bootscoot line and they had 120 people dancing.

Not only that, but they passed around a few tins and raised a lot of money which they donated to Flying Doctors.

Delighted with the ladies’ efforts, a member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service contacted Nicole this year to see if they could repeat the dose in 2018 but this time with a new dance.

“They rang me and said are you going again this year and I said yes we are, and they said would you mind coming on board, we want to do the Nutbush City Limits dance and break the record,” Nicole said.

When the North West Star suggested that was different from line dancing, Jenny begged to differ.

“The Nutbush IS a line dance,” she said, backing up her case with the dance’s signature arm movements.

“It’s easy, everyone can do it, and we’ll help them learn”.

If you want a few tips before the dance, the ladies plan to “take over the pub” in Birdsville Sunday night when they arrive.

The dance itself will commence at the dune at 9.30am Thursday, the last day of this year’s festival.

Top of this year’s bill is John Farnham and also playing are The Angels, Daryl Braithwaite, and Hoodoo Gurus among others.

Organisers said tickets have almost sold out for “the most remote music festival in the world.