|Big Day Out|
|Big Day Out Auckland 2007|
|Years active||1992 - present|
|Founded by||Ken West|
|Date(s)||Late January - early February|
|Genre(s)||Rock, hip hop, electronic|
The Big Day Out (BDO) is an annual music festival that tours Australia and New Zealand which originated in Sydney in 1992. The Auckland metropolitan area or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a This article is about the Australian city Gold Coast For other uses see Gold Coast. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island The Auckland metropolitan area or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Electronic music is music that employs Electronic musical instruments and Electronic Music technology in its production A music festival is a Festival oriented towards Music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as Musical genre, Nationality or locality For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) As of 2003, it has featured 7 or 8 stages (depending on the venue) accommodating popular contemporary rock music, electronic music, mainstream international acts and local acts. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Electronic music is music that employs Electronic musical instruments and Electronic Music technology in its production
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. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 The Violent Femmes, formed in Milwaukee Wisconsin, in 1980 are an American Alternative rock band noted for laying the groundwork for Folk punk. Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen Washington. The Hordern Pavilion is a Building located in Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on the grounds of the old Sydney Showground In the months preceding the event, Nirvana's Nevermind was released and became an international smash hit, therefore guaranteeing the success of the festival. Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24 1991 Kurt Cobain was chronically ill at the time of the show. Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20 1967 – c April 5 1994 was an American musician who served as lead singer, Guitarist, and songwriter for the Seattle
In 1993, the festival was extended to include Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a In 1994, shows in Auckland and the Gold Coast were added. The Auckland metropolitan area or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country This article is about the Australian city Gold Coast For other uses see Gold Coast. In 1997 it was announced that that year's event would be the last. The following year promoters, Vivian Lees and Ken West, organised a predominantly electronic and dance festival; however, the event was cancelled, and the Big Day Out returned in 1999.
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 90's. Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990 On 30 June 2000 at the Roskilde Festival Denmark, they ended their set prematurely after the crowd surged forward, crushing and fatally injuring 9 people. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the Usurper 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Roskilde Festival is held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the four biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other three being The Kingdom of Denmark ( ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊ (archaic ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊ commonly known as Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe They pulled out of the BDO, claiming to never do festivals again. Pearl Jam later played Leeds & Reading Festivals, UK, in 2006.
Note: Some information varies from venue and location according to facilities, the information here is considered general across the festival locations.
Like many other modern music festivals, the Big Day Out is held in stadiums which are more commonly designed for major sporting events. A music festival is a Festival oriented towards Music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as Musical genre, Nationality or locality A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English is a place or venue for (mostly outdoor Sports Concerts or other events consisting All of the Big Day Out locations utilize multiple performance stages, on which different acts will often be playing simultaneously. In Theatre, the stage (sometimes referred to as the deck in Stagecraft) is a designated space for the Performance of theatrical productions It is common that the well known international acts will play on one of the two "main stages", which overlook the main sporting ground of the venue, and the lesser known (and often local) acts will perform on smaller stages. All of the stages are within a short walking distance of one another.
A signature feature of the Big Day Out is the "Boiler Room", a large circus-style tent in which the more electronically themed artists perform. This style of venue intends to enhance the sound and ambience of the performance, which can be compared to a rave. A rave (or rave party) is a term in use since the 1980s to describe Dance Parties (often all-night events
Other areas at the Big Day Out include a novelty entertainment stage, a signing tent, multiple food and merchandise shopping areas, and one or more designated alcohol consumption areas to which access is restricted to those of the local drinking age. The legal drinking age is a limit assigned by governments to restrict the access of Children and Youth to Alcoholic beverages Legal drinking ages vary from Alcohol can only be purchased from within the venue.
The event lasts from mid-morning (doors open between 9am and 10am, depending on venue) to late evening (the last performances generally finish just before midnight).
During the 2001 Sydney Big Day Out teenager Jessica Michalik was crushed to death in a crowd surge during a performance by Limp Bizkit. Jessica Anna Michalik ( 7 January, 1985 - 26 January 2001 in Concord New South Wales) was an Australian teenage girl The coroner's finding criticised the crowd control measures in use at the time, and also criticised lead singer Fred Durst for "alarming and inflammatory" comments when a rescue effort was underway. Subsequent tours continue to feature a "D-barricade" (a purportedly safer barricade design reducing the risk of a crowd crush).
In 2004, two slightly reduced capacity Sydney shows took place back to back, bringing the total number of shows on the tour to seven, as part of their payment headlining act Metallica took all the proceeds for the second show on top of their appearance fee. Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in.
In recent years, shows have been selling out extremely fast, with the last 2 Sydney shows selling out the general release on the first day of sale, and the final 10,000 sold via a weekly ballot. 2007 also saw the first, and so far only time where every show sold out, selling a total of 276,000 tickets across the 6 cities. 2008 saw Gold Coast and Melbourne shows also sell out on the first day and the final batch of tickets sold via ballot.
Each year since its inception in 1992, Big Day Out has attracted a large range of artists and acts to perform ranging from Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys & Metallica, and has been a launching platform for many Australian artists such as Silverchair, Powderfinger, You Am I, The Living End, Grinspoon and many others. The is a comprehensive listing of artists and bands who have performed at Big Day Out listed by year Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen Washington. Red Hot Chili Peppers are Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in. Silverchair is an Australian Alternative rock band. The band formed as Innocent Criminals in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1992 Powderfinger is an Australian Rock band. The band formed in Brisbane in 1989 and since 1992 their line-up has consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists You Am I is an Australian Alternative rock band fronted by vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter Tim Rogers. The Living End are an Australian rock band based in Melbourne, Victoria. Grinspoon are an Australian Post-grunge band from Lismore, fronted by Phil Jamieson with Pat Davern on guitar Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian
There have been various fake press releases in the last few years; however, two hoaxes have received considerable media coverage.
In late 2003, shortly before the first announcement was due, the Big Day Out's official online forum was hacked, and a fake press release was written and posted under the alias of the forums administrator, and as such many believed it was real. This press release indicated the as-yet unannounced line-up for Big Day Out 2004. Further adding to its authenticity was that it included two bands that had already said they were playing (Metallica and The Dandy Warhols) and another number of bands that were rumoured or highly speculated, instead of the common theme of fake announcements which had bands such as Nirvana or The Beatles. Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in. The Dandy Warhols are a rock band formed in Portland Oregon by Courtney Taylor-Taylor ( vocals, Guitar) Zia McCabe Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen Washington. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 The fake announcement spread to various websites and was pulled from the forum after about 20 hours.
Again, shortly before the first announcement, a fake press release was posted on a the BDOFORUMS Myspace which is designed with the same artwork and colouring as the official Big Day Out website, but is not directly affiliated with Big Day Out (as it is a fan operated site).
The fake press release was obtained by several media outlets, including Triple J, Channel [V] and various newspapers. It was read out on Triple J Radio during Jay and the Doctor's breakfast program on October 4, 2006, and was discussed with Humphrey B. Jay and the Doctor are the on-air names of Australian Radio duo Jason Whalley and Lindsay McDougall, on Radio station Triple J Flaubert of TISM. TISM (an Acronym of This Is Serious Mum) is a seven piece anonymous Alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia Jay and The Doctor (Both of Frenzal Rhomb) and Flaubert refuted that their respective bands who were on the fake line-up were playing. Frenzal Rhomb is an Australian Punk rock band that formed in 1991, based in the city of Sydney.
Channel V reported the announcement as being official and made the headlines in their music news program.
Despite poor grammar and spelling, the fake lineup was believed by many people; Australia and New Zealand wide.
On 21 January 2007 a decision was made by the organisers to discourage Big Day Out patrons in Sydney from bringing and displaying the Australian flag. Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The flag of Australia was chosen in 1901 from entries in a worldwide design competition held following Federation. The organisers said the decision was a result of recent ethno-religious tensions in Sydney, complaints that the previous year's festival had been marred by roving packs of aggressive flag-draped youths, and recognition that some indigenous Australians have issue with celebrating the start of British settlement. The Cronulla Riots of 2005 were a series of racially motivated mob confrontations which originated in and around Cronulla, a beachfront suburb of Sydney Indigenous Australians are descendants of the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands.
Sections of the community had strong views supporting or objecting to the policy. The then Prime Minister John Howard, New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma and Federal Leader of the Opposition Kevin Rudd publicly condemned the move. The Prime Minister of Australia is the Head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. See also Howard Government John Winston Howard AC (born 26 July 1939 was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March See Premiers of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of Premier Morris Iemma (ˈjɛmə (born 21 July 1961 is an Australian politician and 40th Premier of New South Wales, succeeding Bob Carr, who resigned on 3 This is a List of Australian Leaders of the Opposition, who in Australian Federal Politics is a Member of Parliament in the Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957 is the 26th and current Prime Minister of Australia and federal leader of the Centre-left Australian Labor Premier Iemma suggested the event be cancelled if the organisers cannot secure the safety of attendees. Main stage act Jet performed in front of a large backdrop of a black-and-white Australian flag cut-out of their name, with lead vocalist Nic Cester adding "I can't tell anyone else what to do but we as a band are very proud to be Australian and we don't want to feel we are not allowed to feel proud". Jet is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia, whose debut album Get Born, released in 2003 has so far sold over one million copies Nicholas John Cester (born July 6, 1979) is an Australian singer guitarist and songwriter 
However, other people including Andrew Bartlett of the Australian Democrats, sports writer Peter FitzSimons and members of the hip hop outfit The Herd expressed concern that the flag was being misused by a handful of aggressive attendees in a jingoist manner, and that rock concerts were not the appropriate venue to be waving a flag. Andrew John Julian Bartlett (born 4 August 1964 Australian politician The Australian Democrats is an Australian Political party espousing a centrist or Social liberal ideology Peter FitzSimons, born in Peats Ridge New South Wales, 29 June 1961 is a former Wallabies Rugby union player For the 1960s UK band featuring Peter Frampton see The Herd (UK band The Herd are an Australian hip hop outfit from the suburbs of Sydney