Well, what is arguably Australia’s biggest and most eminent music festival wraps up in Perth today. I figure it would be remiss if TMB didn’t bring its wonderful readers some correspondence from the front lines of Sydney’s Homebush Olympic precinct.
This year’s event toured five cities in Australia and one in New Zealand, and was headlined by the Prodigy and the legendary Neil Young. The event was, luckily, unhampered by violence or any other dramas, but in most cities, was hindered by extreme heat. Regardless, the bands played on.
All the 2009 Big Day Out Side Shows Have Been Announced:
TV ON THE RADIO
SYDNEY – Saturday 24 January – THE METRO (plus WOLF & CUB)
MELBOURNE – Thursday 29 January – THE HI FI BAR (plus WOLF & CUB)
SERJ TANKIAN AND THE FANTOMAS
BRISBANE – Wednesday 21 January – THE TIVOLI
SYDNEY – SATURDAY 24 January – THE ENMORE THEATRE
MELBOURNE – Sunday 25 January – THE PALACE
SYDNEY – Sunday 25 January – THE METRO (plus THE CORPS)
MELBOURNE – Wednesday 28 January – BILLBOARD (plus BULLDOG SPIRIT)
BRISBANE – Tuesday 20 January – RIVERSTAGE (previously announced)
SYDNEY – Saturday 24 January – HORDERN PAVILION (previously announced)
MELBOURNE – Thursday 29 January – PALACE
I was lucky enough to catch them in 2005 at their Hordern Pavilion show, and I was blown away. The ferocity, presence and power of the live group was surreal. I’ve been a fan since I was about 13 and believe they have always been a very innovative group well ahead of their time.