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Top notch entertainment at this year’s Red CentreNATS, 3-5 September 2021

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Northern Territory Government, Media Release, 6 August 2021

Australia’s Ultimate Festival of Wheels will host of one the nation’s biggest names in Australian music, with Sneaky Sound System confirmed as the headliner for the Red CentreNATS Sun 969 Podium Party.

The popular Aussie act will descend upon Alice Springs to entertain fans young and old as part of the Sun 969 Podium Party at Blatherskite Park from 7.30pm on Sunday, 5 September. The concert will wrap up a weekend of non-stop motorsports action.

Set to kick off on Friday, 3 September, this year’s Red CentreNATS promises to be louder, faster and busier than ever. This year’s event includes two exciting new categories, Trailer Reversing and Skid Row. Providing plenty of adrenaline-pumping action for spectators, skid row gives drivers the chance to smoke up their tyres to the max. It is open to all competitors, regardless of whether they are entered in the burnout competition or not. Held at Alice Springs Inland Dragway, drivers simply have to follow instructions from event officials and skid down a straight line without popping tyres or doing static burnouts.

All the usual highlights return this year too. Get your heart pumping at Alice Springs Inland Dragway, drive your highly modified pride and joy around town as part of the street cruising, put your vehicle through its paces on the Great Northern 4WD course, watch remote control cars put to the ultimate test or gawk at the incredible cars on display at the Shannons Show & Shine.

Some of the largest drawcards at Red CentreNATS are the burnouts and the drag racing, including the Garrett Advancing Motion Heavy Hitters which are back bigger and better than ever. A huge $37,000 worth of cash and prizes is up for grabs across five different drag racing categories.

Other program highlights include the iconic Yeperenye Shopping Centre Street Parade, Lasseters Motorkhana, grass driving and, of course, the Red CentreNATS wedding, which is a first for the event.

This year’s event will also include the five star Eljay Freestyle Entertainment Show at Blatherskite Park on Saturday, 4 September and Sunday, 5 September. Combining the excitement of motorcycle and bicycle stunts, the show turns into a character-driven comedy/action spectacle offering something for all members of the family.

Held over the Father’s Day weekend, Red CentreNATS is the ultimate gift for a motorsports-mad Dad. Snap up a general admission ticket from $30 per day, or grab a bargain 3 Day Chrome Pass for only $50. To find out more, enter your car or bike, or purchase spectator tickets, head to

Quotes from Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) CEO Tim Watsford:

“Set in the beautiful heart of Australia, Red CentreNATS is an iconic Territory event that attracts entrants and spectators from across the nation.

“The calibre of this festival keeps getting better each year, and in 2021 we are delighted to welcome Aussie music icon Sneaky Sound System to Alice Springs to perform as part of the popular Sun 969 Podium Party.

“Aside from putting Central Australia on the map, this event helps increase visitation, support our local businesses and contributes to the vibrant lifestyle that we are so lucky to have in the Territory.”

Quotes from Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez:

“Motorsports fans are in for a treat at this year’s Red CentreNATS, with an amazing program of entertainment to suit people of all ages, including some new additions to the line-up.

“Entries are coming in thick and fast, and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces to Alice Springs in September.

“We can’t wait for Red CentreNATS 07. Grab your ticket now!”

Quotes from Sneaky Sound System band member Connie Mitchell:

“We’re pumped to return to the beautiful heart of Australia and play at Red CentreNATS Podium Party on September 5.

“It’s been a challenging time for live music so we’re more than ready to get back on stage and put on an incredible show in Alice Springs.

“Get your tickets to Red CentreNATS and party with us at Blatherskite Park to wrap up a huge weekend of motorsports action.”


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