Big Day Out

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Big Day Out is an annual festival tour held in several cities in Australia and New Zealand. For one day between January and February, Auckland, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth play host to a mixed genre music from around the world.

Big Day Out is the quintessential Ozzy festival. In terms of its scope and the talent it is able to attract, it is probably the biggest on the continent. The lineup caters to a variety of different genres of music, from Rock, Indie, Hip Hop and Electronic.


Organises have confirmed there will be no large second update, but possibly a few surprise announcements along the way.


The 2014 lineup included Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Major Lazer.


Many reviews have described Big Day Out as 'happy' and 'colourful', with a line-up that caters for various music genres, Big Day Out has become a multi-age mixed background event.

Stages and other entertainment

Depending on the venue, Big Day Out can have between 6-8 stages.

These include:


With renegade Porteno/Bodega boys Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz as the 'Culinary Outlaw' ambassadors for Chow Town, you can expect food that is music to your mouth. Ben and Elvis are gathering some of Australia's headlining and award winning chefs to create signature, hand held dishes for Chow Town.

Chow Town Melbourne Lineup: Golden Field, Huxtaburgher, Cookie, Beatbox Kitchen & Taco Truck, Anada, ST Ali

Chow Town Sydney Lineup: Portena, Bodega, Longrain, Three Blue Ducks, Hartsyard, The Apollo, Rojo Rocket

Chow Town National Outlaws: Porteno, Bodega


Mexican masked wrestlers with skilled stripteasers displaying aerial acts, pogo-sticks and hula hopping in between fights!


MTV Australia has announced the production of a special edition of MTV WORLD STAGE at Sydney's Big Day Out on January 18, marking the first time an installment of the network's global live music series has been produced in Australia.

MTV WORLD STAGE is MTV's weekly, global live music series seen in over a half-billion households worldwide. Recorded "live" at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals and unique concert locations from around the world, MTV WORLD STAGE is the "front row seat" for music lovers to experience the biggest artists without leaving the comfort of their sofas.

Live performances from of some of the biggest acts appearing at Big Day Out will be showcased during the two one hour specials of MTV WORLD STAGE allowing music lovers from around the world the opportunity to experience Australia's most iconic contemporary music festival.


General admission tickets cost $165, for $265 you can purchase the "Like A Boss" ticket which includes the following:

  • Dedicated show entry gate with all day pass outs
  • Entry to the Boss Oasis and Cocktail lounge
  • Free Coat Check, lockers and phone charging stations
  • Executive Climate Controlled Toilets
  • Shaded Lounge & Much More
  • Must be 18 and over

Due to overwhelming demand Big Day Out is introducing P.O.T.T. or Pay Over Time Ticketing. Starting immediately and ending on September 23 you can pay for your Big Day Out ticket (GA and Like A Boss) in 4 instalments, with the final instalment happening just in time for the christmas stocking.

The option to pay via P.O.T.T expires on Midnight September 23rd. More details can be found on the festivals official website.


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Big Day Out is held in six cities across Australia and New Zealand, below are the details of which venues in which cities are part of the 2013 Big Day Out programme:

  • Sydney - Showground - Fri 18th Jan
  • Gold Coast - Parklands - Sun 20th Jan
  • Adelaide - Showground - Fri 25th Jan
  • Melbourne - Flemingston Racecourse - Sat 26th Jan
  • Perth - Claremont Showground - Mon 28th Jan

Local Information

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What to wear

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As it is a one day event for each city, this is not a camping event, yet there should be several hotels and hostels you can stay at in the local vicinity.

Site Information

Important safety announcements:

In between each act on the main stage will be a recorded message, detailing important information regarding crowd safety issues, with the occasional live request made in special circumstances.

Food and drink

Food is available to buy onsite, however you are allowed to bring your own food onto the site, as long as it is a reasonable amount.

You are also allowed to bring an unopened bottle of water onsite, but no glass bottles will be allowed.

Perform at the festival

The festival have released the following information:

We've teamed up with our pals at the Sound Alliance to give Australia's finest undiscovered DJ talent the opportunity to play the Red Bull No Noise Nightclub in each city of the BDO 2013 tour.

To be in with a chance of scoring yourself a coveted place on the bill you need to compile a 15 minute mix spanning at least three genres. Then it's as easy as uploading your mix to Soundcloud and submitting the URL along with your tracklisting. There's absolutely no genre barriers for this comp, so be as creative as you can to grab our attention. Rock, house, indie, dubstep, polka (?!), electro, metal (\m/); anything goes just so long as it's fun and creates a party vibe!

More details at Faster Louder or In The Mix.

Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

Big Day Out has become infamous for drug use at the festival, due to controversies at past events. (refer to History and fact for details on these stories).

Because of this reputation there is a strong presence of police, with sniffer dogs not only at the entrances of each venue, but also patrolling the grounds.

Stream online

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Mobile Apps

The App is packed with fest-essentials like Custom Scheduling, Maps, Social Network integration and an In-App lighter to hold up during epic anthems.


When BDO begun in 1992, it was originally a Sydney-show, with a line-up featuring Nirvana, with the then recent release of Nirvana's legendary 'Nevermind', their fame guaranteed success for the Festival

Past lineups

2013 Acts: Red Hot Chili Peppers (Only Australian Shows), The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, The Bloody Beetroots (Live) and many more. The full line can be viewed here

2012 included Kasabian, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance, The Living End, Noel Gallagher, Hilltop Hoods(AUS Only), Nero, Cavalera Conspiracy, Parkway Drive, Girl Talk, Bluejuice, Royksopp, Battles, The Jezebels (AUS Only), Art vs Science, Bassnectar, Architecture In Helsinki(AUS Only), Kimbra, Regurgitator, The Vaccines, Tonite Only, Mariachi El Bronx, Cage The Elephant, Drapht, Foster The People, and Tony Hawk

For details on past line ups click here