Australia’s Big Day Out 2008

As the undisputed leader in Australian music festivals, Big Day Out 2008 is the touring music festival that music lovers in Australia and beyond clamor to attend. Each year the festival draws musicians and audiences from around the world. It also offers local musicians the perfect platform to showcase their talent to an international audience. The line-up for Big Day Out 2008, set to take place from 18 January to 3 February 2008, is sure to live up to the expectations of fans and musicians alike.

The Big Day Out started off in 1992 in Sydney with the then relatively unknown US band Nirvana as the headline act. Nirvana’s album “Nevermind” had been released in the months prior to the festival and became a smash hit internationally, contributing to the resounding success of the festival. This success spurred organizers on to include other major cities – Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide – in the 1993 event. After a number of increasingly successful years, during which time the festival grew to include the Gold Coast of Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, organizers announced that the 1997 Big Day Out would be the last. Fans were devastated. In 1999 though, Big Day Out made a come back with the biggest international lineup yet, with subsequent events becoming increasingly popular.

Big Day Out 2008 will be stopping off in Auckland (18 January), Gold Coast (20 January), Sydney (25 January), Melbourne (28 January), Adelaide (1 February) and Perth (3 February). Depending on the venue, a number of stages will be set up with many performances taking place simultaneously. The major international acts generally take place on two main stages, with lesser known groups performing on smaller stages around the venue. Ticket holders will have access to all performances. Many food and merchandise shopping areas will be scattered around the venue, with designated alcohol-serving venues.

The 2008 line-up for Big Day Out includes a host of international musicians and groups including Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Billy Bragg, Dizzee Rascal, Battles, Anti-Flag, Carl Cox, Kate Nash, Unkle, Brand New and Enter Shikari. Local acts include Grinspoon, Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko, Faker, Silverchair, Augie March and Behind Crimson Eyes.

With gates opening around mid-morning and performances keeping the party going well into the night, Australia’s Big Day Out 2008 is a music festival not to be missed.