Big Day Out Festival
The Big Day Out Festival takes place in Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth
The Big Day Out Festival 2013 dates:
Thursday 18th January – Sydney Showground
Sunday 20th January – Gold Coast Parklands
Friday 25th January – Adelaide Showground
Sunday 26th January – Melbourne Flemington Racecourse
Monday 28th January – Claremont Showgrounds
THE BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL 2013 – LINE UP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – headliners
The Killers – headliners
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses, Animal Collective, Against Me!, 360, Foals, B.O.B, Sleigh Bells, Jeff The Brotherhood, Off!, Jagwar Ma, Delta Spirit, Every Time I Die, House Vs Hurricane, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Logo, Death Grips, Adventure Club And Gary Clark Jr. The Bloody Beetroots, Kaskade, Crystal Castles, Pretty Lights, Nicky Romero, Morgan Page, Sampology
The History of The Big Day Out Festival
The Big Day Out (BDO) is an annual music festival held in several cities in Australia and New Zealand in late January. It started in Sydney in 1992, spread to Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth by 1993, with the Gold Coast and Auckland joining in 1994. As of 2003, it has featured seven or eight stages (depending on the venue) accommodating popular contemporary rock music, electronic music, mainstream international acts and local acts.
The festival began in 1992 as a Sydney-only show with Violent Femmes as the headline act, along with Nirvana and a range of other foreign and local alternative music acts playing at the Hordern Pavilion. In the months preceding the event, Nirvana’s Nevermind was released and became an international smash hit, therefore guaranteeing the success of the festival. In 1993, the festival was extended to include Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide.
Since 1994, the Big Day Out has travelled annually to Auckland, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth during a three-week period. The tour through the southern-hemisphere summer has become “the festival overseas acts want to be on”. In 1997, organisers Ken West and Vivian Lees announced they were taking a year off, causing concern that the festival was coming to an end.
American band Pearl Jam were booked to headline the 2001 tour almost 12 months in advance, as they had just started to do festivals for the first time since problems at festivals in the early 90s. On 30 June 2000 at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, they ended their set prematurely after the crowd surged forward, crushing and fatally injuring nine people. They pulled out of the BDO, claiming that they would never play at festivals again. They did play Leeds & Reading Festivals, UK, in 2006.
The event reached the 100-shows milestone with the second of two Sydney events in 2010. With the impending milestone nearing, Lees boasted that the BDO has been able to build relationships with acts during their careers, which has become a part of the culture of BDO. The Australian said this has helped secure the BDO’s world status and become recognised as one of the most successful and long-running rock festivals in the world, going on to say the festival is as much a part of Australian culture as the Melbourne Cup.
In 2010, the caravan of artists and crew contained 700 people, compared to the 70 who crossed Australia in 1993. West said even the Australian bands were taking bigger crews, “Through that the festival needs more production, more riders, more hotel rooms, more everything.” A solid infrastructure has been built steadily over the years to help cope with the increasing demand of the festival, with requests for video mixers, back projections and backstage internet connections obviously becoming a lot more frequent than when touring began in 1993.
Due to increasing popularity of the event, in some years a second Sydney show has been held. The first time this occurred was in 2004, in recognition of the extreme popularity of Metallica. It occurred again in 2010, when Muse headlined, and also in 2011, with Tool and Rammstein headlining.
Big Day Out Lin Up – 2012
Soundgarden, Kasabian, Kanye West, Best Coast, Foster The People, Cage The Elephant, The Getaway Plan, Girl Talk, Frenzal Rhomb, Odd Future, The Jezebels, Battles, Architecture In Helsinki, Mariachi El Bronx, Parkway Drive, Boy and Bear, Hilltop Hoods, Röyksopp, The Living End, My Chemical Romance, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds , Nero (Live), The Vaccines, Bassnectar, Cavalera Conspiracy , Regurgitator, Kimbra, Parkway Drive , Midnight Youth, Das Racist, Six60, Mt Eden, The Adults, I Am Giant, Cairo Knife Party, Jakob, Bulletproof, Junica, @Peace, Dj Sir-Vere, Nick D, Grinspoon, Grind Time Now, Das Racist, The Living End
Big Day Out Lin Up – 2011
Tool, Rammstein, Iggy And The Stooges, M.I.A, John Butler Trio, Grinderman, Sia, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Wolfmother, Lupe Fiasco, Deftones, Die Antwoord, Birds Of Tokyo, Primal Scream – Screamadelica Live, Lcd Soundsystem, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Angus & Julia Stone, Plan B, Booka Shade (Dj Set), Bliss N Eso, The Naked & Famous, The Jim Jones Revue, Paul Dempsey (All Aus Shows), Airbourne, Andrew W.K., Little Red, Crystal Castles (Nz + East Coast), Matt & Kim (All Aus Shows), Pnau, Gyroscope, Washington, Css, Dead Letter Circus, Kid Kenobi & Mc Shureshock, Vitalic, Ratatat, Blue King Brown, Kids Of 88, Operator Please, Children Collide, The Vines, Will Styles, Gypsy & The Cat, Lowrider, Sampology, Silent Disco Djs, Wunmi, Reggie Watts, The Uv Race (All Australian Shows), Blackmilk, Anna Lunoe, Balloonatic, Red Bacteria Vacuum, Barbarion (All Australian Shows), I Am Giant, V Dentatas (All Australian Shows)