The winners of the 2014 Headspace Big Day Out National Band Competition have been announced, following the cast of 25,000 votes in support of over 460 nationwide applicants, all vying for a place on the ‘Headspace Stage’ at their local Big Day Out 2014 this summer.
The winners were chosen by a panel of music industry experts and representatives from Big Day Out 2014 Headspace Stage supporters Triple M, who came together to select bands from a public-voted shortlist, selecting winners for each state.
The Royals were chosen by Triple M to play the Gold Coast, while the industry panel selected Doubled Lined Minority, The Belligerents and Sneeky Picnic. Melbourne will see performances by Triple M pick RockersAudemia as well as Let’s Not Pretend, Altitude and Arcane Saints.
Tiffany Britchford & The Reckless Abandon were Triple M’s pick for Sydney, with Cuervo, Benjalu and The Never Ever, the industry panel’s picks. Adelaide will see performances by Sweet Anarchy, withSkytheif, Audio Reign and Heston Drop.
And rounding off in Perth, the Northern Territory’s My Team Dilemma, and local WA bands Brufield and Lunar Inverse will be performing alongside Triple M pick, From The Dunes. All of these bands are now additions to a Big Day Out lineup that features the likes of Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire.
The 2014 Headspace Big Day Out National Band Competition was created to give young, up-and-coming bands the opportunity to play Australia’s most iconic music festival, while spreading a positive message regarding mental health, helping to break down the attached stigma.