THE Big Day Out festival has been cancelled in Australia and New Zealand, amid speculation there is a shortage of headline acts for the annual event.
THE American owners of the festival, C3 Presents, confirmed on Thursday there will be no Big Day Out in Australia or New Zealand next year, with no set date for its return.
“While we intend to bring back the festival in future years, we can confirm there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015,” C3 said in a statement.”We love working on BDO and are excited about the future,” the statement read.The promoter of the festival, AJ Maddah, is reported by Fairfax Media to have sold his share of Big Day Out to the American company.Maddah has been the first to say the Big Day Out was cancelled due to a shortage of headline acts.One of Maddah’s Twitter followers asked him on Thursday morning: “is there a shortage of headliners at the moment? Every O/S festival i see headlined by Outkast”.To which Maddah replied: “Yes. There’s a shortage of headliners on cycle this year. Hence BDO taking year off”.Maddah is scheduled to talk to triple J’s Hack show on Thursday afternoon.The first inkling the festival might be in trouble came after promoters confirmed earlier this year the event wouldn’t return to Perth in 2015 after poor ticket sales.Then Britpop giants Blur pulled out of the 2014 festival line-up after rumours they didn’t want to share the bill with Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam.In New Zealand, the festival started in 1994 but was cancelled in 2013, due to poor ticket sales in 2012. However, it made a comeback this year at a new venue, Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium.BDO’s New Zealand promoter Campbell Smith said he’s “gutted” for the fans of the festival that it won’t go ahead in 2015.”But I’m looking forward to being back and we will be back,” he said.The music event has been on the calendar for Australians since 1992 when grunge rockers Nirvana played on the first bill alongside the American rock band Violent Femmes and Aussie outfit You Am I.Aussie fans took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the loss of the festival under #BDO #BDOMemories and #RIPBigDayOut.”If rumours are true and there is no BDO in Oz next year this is very sad god I was there wen Nirvana tore it up #BDOmemories” one longterm fan tweeted when reports first emerged on Thursday.”Sad if it’s truly the end of the BDO. Didn’t always like the lineup but had 13 great days there,” one fan tweeted, proving the festival has been in the Aussie consciousness for a long time.