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Big Day Out 2012

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Big Day Out 2012

Looking back to the first BDO in Sydney in 1991 we announced only 2 acts and skating and sold 52 tickets the first day. Last year we announced 41 acts and sold 52,000 tickets in an hour.

So for the 20th year of BDO in SydneyPerthGold CoastMelbourne and Adelaide, we thought we should pull things back a bit and meet in the middle by announcing 20 acts plus the return of first-class skating for our first round on offer.

The Line up:

Kanye West - Who's re-written the rulebook of popular music? A controversial, outspoken, acclaimed hip-hop visionary: the man is Kanye West, and the only place to see him in Australia in 2012 is at Big Day Out.

Soundgarden - Those who were there the first time, and for those who only know the legend, Big Day Out presents the one, the only: Soundgarden.

Kasabian - The Leicester lads have swaggered into Big Day Out twice before, but never this well armed.

My Chemical Romance - Hold on tight: My Chemical Romance are coming to wield their sonic superpowers at Big Day Out 2012.

The Living End - Make sure you pack your social conscience and your mosh pit stamina in to your survival packs, as we welcome back these Big Day Out favourites.

Hilltop Hoods - Rolling Stone Magazine described Hilltop Hoods as "one of the most defining and influential Australian bands of this decade and the next" and we couldn't agree more.

Battles - First Battles re-imagined rock, creating innovative, ear-warping soundscapes with body-jerking beats. See them capture chaos in a bottle at Big Day Out 2012.

Odd Future - When we saw this LA hip hop collective tear up the stages at the 2011 SXSW Festival earlier this year, we knew they had to be a part of the 2012 Big Day Out.

Mariachi El Bronx - Hola! Bienvenidos a Big Day Out 2012! Slap on a sombrero and take a ride to the magical place where Mexican mariachi music meets punk rock - the place known as Mariachi El Bronx.

Girl Talk - One man. One laptop. Hundreds of samples. The ultimate party.

Parkway Drive - A five-piece of awesome power and charisma, Blunt Magazine dubbed them as the band "destined to be the template heavy bands worldwide pinch."

Royksopp - "Dance, electro-funk, pop, chillwave or some kind of techno-classical orchestra" - wherever Royksopp lie - "you probably danced your ass off" (1001 Nights in the City).

Foster The People - When this LA synth-pop trio let loose Pumped Up Kicks on the net, they couldn't predict it would infect radio airwaves the world over.

The Jezabels - There has been a ground swell of interest in The Jezabels since they formed a few short years ago and rather than succumb to the pressures of said buzz, the indie popsters have gone their own way and taken their time to deliver an album that truly encompasses the band's spirit.

Architecture In Helsinki - After a decade and more imbibing the sights and sounds of the world, from a theoretical Helsinki to reality in Melbourne and all points in between, all filtered through the collective mindset, where will the wave crash next?

The Getaway Plan - Almost four years since the release of their debut album Other Voices, Other Rooms, the Melbourne four piece are set to release the new long player on 4 November, Requiem.

Cage The Elephant - "Get there early, get close, and be prepared for an in-your-face show." Big Day Out is prepared. Are you?

Frenzal Rhomb - With a stellar track record for causing absolute pandemonium; be it inciting huge circle pits, destroying pinatas of political leaders or drinking every other band’s beer, Frenzal Rhomb are a welcome, if scary, addition to the 20th Anniversary Big Day Out.

Boy & Bear - Bounding on to the Big Day Out line up are Sydney quintet Boy & Bear who bring with them their highly acclaimed debut album, Moonfire.

Best Coast - Born of California's endless sunshine and a healthy dose of heartbreak, Best Coast are "a noise-pop match made in heaven" (The Guardian).

Tony Hawk - Nobody rides a skateboard like Tony Hawk.