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Day Out In Australia Goes Eco, by Greg Tingle - 1st
world famous Big Day Out music festival has gone green,
planting more than 15,000 eucalyptus would you believe,
as carbon offsets way out in central New South Wales
its concerts of 2007 and 2008, and yet another 5876
(if you believe the gossip being chatted about) trees
will be planted to offset last year's one.
are being encouraged to purchase a ''green ticket''
for next month's events at a modest $1.34 per head,
which the organizes promise will be used to plant
more mallee eucalyptus. Mallee what? It has a nice
ring to it anyway, and why would they be anything
calculating the Australian greenhouse emissions for
a year and dividing by the population and then by
the days in a year, we can determine the per capita
emissions for a person for a day,'' the Big Day Out
official website states.
years' energy audits led to plantings at Narromine
and Fifield in central NSW.
is the next on the hit list.
Big Day Out will be held in Sydney on January 26 and
27. Yep, 2 shows again in Sydney this year, such us
hope to see you there! Oh, well done to the organizers
again this year. A massive project management gig
if they ever was, and things appear right on track.
Credit to the devils where its due. Cheers maties.
Big Day Out)
A FRIEND FOR FREE: YIPPEE!!!
24 DECEMBER, 2010
THURSDAY JANUARY 27TH SYDNEY BIG DAY OUT ONLY
right, all ticket holders for the Sydney Thursday
January 27th BDO 2011 event will be allowed to bring
a friend for free, no tricks, no gimmicks.
rarely does an opportunity of this scale become possible
for a festival to thank its supporters.
high demand for the Jan 26th Australia Day show combined
with the overwhelming number of international tours
and events this summer has necessitated a choice to
be made for the good of the event.
our audience is such a valued part of the show, we
felt you deserved a reward for 18 years of support.
if you couldnt get the day off work, or couldnt
afford a ticket this year, or missed out in Gold Coast
or Melbourne, we are offering to everyone whos
bought a ticket or buys a ticket to the Sydney Thursday
January 27th BDO 2011 the right to bring a friend.
will not be a ballot, these are the final ticket sales.
A 4 ticket limit is in place.
those with tickets to the first show on Australia
Day, please accept this as a plus, not a minus: You
& a friend have a chance to catch the acts you
missed the 1st day. For half price!
are no forms to fill in, all that is required is that
you have your guest with you at the ticket trip point
on the day. All the same conditions of sale and admission
apply to you and your guest, so please check your
ticket or our website for details.
XMAS FROM THE BIG DAY OUT!!!!
NB: This offer does not include Guest tickets.
help with general queries, here are some basic Q &
Do I need to have the person with me?
A: Yes, they will need to be with you at the ticket
trip point at entry.
Can I meet them later to let them in?
A: Not if you are already in, once your ticket is
scanned the offer is void.
Can I swap my Australia Day ticket for the Jan 27
Will there be tickets on the day?
A: Not if it sells out in advance.
Is there a meeting point outside the entry?
A: Best chose a location away from the main entry
to meet up.
Are there any pass outs?
DAY OUT 2011:
21 JANUARY - AUCKLAND MT SMART STADIUM
available from Real Groovy, all Ticketmaster Outlets,
phone and credit card bookings 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz
and from our website www.bigdayout.com
23 JANUARY - GOLD COAST PARKLANDS SOLD OUT!!!!!
26 JANUARY - SYDNEY SHOWGROUND EXTRA TICKETS
only available from www.ticketmaster.com
27 JANUARY - SYDNEY SHOWGROUND
only available from www.ticketmaster.com.au and from
30 JANUARY - MELBOURNE FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE
4 FEBRUARY - ADELAIDE SHOWGROUND
available from Krypton Discs (Glenelg), Mr V Music
(City, Semaphore), Elevator Music (Seaford), Live
Clothing (Rundle Mall, Marion), www.ticketmaster.com.au
6 FEBRUARY - PERTH CLAREMONT SHOWGROUND
available from 78 Records (Perth), Mills Records (Fremantle),
Planet Video (Mt Lawley), Live Clothing (all stores),
Joynt Venture (Perth), Bassendean Newsagency (Bassendean),
Cellarbrations (Garratt & Guildford), Trax (Mandurah),
Collins Music (Bunbury), Blue 62 (Busselton), Geraldton
CD Centre (Geraldton), Goldfields Arts Centre (Kalgoorlie),
Vibes (Albany), www.ticketmaster.com.au
ARTISTS announced for 2011 Big Day Out are:
RAMMSTEIN, IGGY AND THE STOOGES, M.I.A, JOHN BUTLER
TRIO, GRINDERMAN, WOLFMOTHER, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, BLOODY
BEETROOTS DEATH CREW 77, CRYSTAL CASTLES, LUPE FIASCO,
PRIMAL SCREAM SCREAMADELICA LIVE, THE BLACK KEYS,
DEFTONES, BLISS N ESO, ANGUS & JULIA STONE, PLAN
B, PNAU, DIE ANTWOORD, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC
ZEROS, BOOKA SHADE DJ SET, ANDREW W.K., THE JIM JONES
REVUE, BIRDS OF TOKYO, LITTLE RED, GYROSCOPE, VITALIC,
CSS, RATATAT, AIRBOURNE, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, BLUE
KING BROWN, THE NAKED & FAMOUS, OPERATOR PLEASE,
CHILDREN COLLIDE, GYPSY AND THE CAT, WILL STYLES,
LOWRIDER, SAMPOLOGY, KIDS OF 88, KID KENOBI &
MC SHURESHOCK, SIA, THE VINES, THE GREENHORNES, WASHINGTON,
MATT & KIM AND SILENT DISCO.
all things BDO including details on side shows, please
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.
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. Kurt Cobain
was ill at the time of the show.
In 1993, the festival was extended to include Melbourne,
Perth, and Adelaide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will again occur in 2011,
with Tool headlining.
Day Out lineups by year
its inception in 1992, Big Day Out has attracted a
large range of artists, with headlining acts including
Nirvana, Muse, Violent Femmes, Iggy Pop and the Stooges,
The Ramones, Soundgarden, Rammstein, System of a Down,
Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy,
Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Tool, Neil
Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The annual festival
has also been a launching platform for many Australian
artists, with various acts performing on the tour
multiple times, such as Silverchair, Powderfinger,
You Am I, The Living End, Jebediah, Grinspoon, Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kisschasy and Wolfmother.
the 2001 Big Day Out festival in Sydney, Jessica Michalik
was crushed in a mosh pit during a performance by
the band Limp Bizkit. She was revived and rushed to
Concord Hospital, but died of a heart attack five
band's frontman claimed the band had attempted to
take precautions that fell on deaf ears, "We
begged, we screamed, we sent letters, we tried to
take precautions, because we are Limp Bizkit, we know
we cause this big emotional blister of a crowd".
The following day, Limp Bizkit had left Australia
without telling the organisers, who only discovered
the band's departure through a note left at the hotel.
deputy state coroner Jacqueline Milledge issued a
statement saying responsibility was on the Big Day
Out's promoters Creative Entertainment Australia,
saying there was overwhelming evidence that crowd
density was dangerous when Limp Bizkit went on stage.
Limp Bizkit was also criticised in the report, Milledge
saying that Durst could have taken the situation more
seriously, with his comments on stage during the attempt
to rescue Michalik were "alarming and inflammatory".
parents filed separate wrongful death claims naming
promoters and security personal, and in one claim,
Limp Bizkit. A New South Wales court dismissed the
band and all parties connected with the band from
the claim, finding they were not liable.
2005, United National Insurance sued Limp Bizkit in
an attempt to avoid paying legal fees arising from
Michalik's death. The company claimed in the lawsuit,
which was filed on 11 August 2005, that Limp Bizkit
frontman Fred Durst incited the audience at the festival
to rush the stage.
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. 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 take issue with celebrating the start
of British settlement.
of the community had strong views supporting or objecting
to the policy. Former Prime Minister John Howard,
New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma and Federal Leader
of the Opposition Kevin Rudd publicly condemned the
move. Iemma suggested the event be cancelled if the
organisers could not 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".
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.
November 2009, gay rights groups in New Zealand protested
after controversial rapper Beenie Man was included
in the second round of announcements for the 2010
tour. Groups such as GayNZ.com cited controversial
and homophobic lyrics from Beenie Man's songs such
as "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica/Come to execute
all the gays". The group called for Big Day Out
organisers to drop Beenie Man from the line up "to
send a message that homophobia is unacceptable",
and over 850 people joined a Facebook group to oppose
15 November 2009, the festival's Australian organisers
issued a statement on their website, confirming that
Beenie Man had indeed been dropped from the lineup.
Whilst they acknowledged his commitment to the 2007
Reggae Compassionate Act and his promises to not perform
the offending songs on his tour, they ultimately made
the decision to drop Beenie Man because they felt
his appearance would "be divisive amongst our
audience members and would mar the enjoyment of the
event for many.
Man does not represent Big Day Out
Man is delighted to have covered the Big Day Out in
a news media capacity
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