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Big Day Out 2012 Line-up: No Pearl Jam, No Radiohead

Written by John Ritchie on September 28, 2011

Although a number of media outlets (including us) have reported that the Big Day Out 2012 line-up would include Pearl Jam and/or Radiohead, it seems that will not be the case.


Big Day Out 2012 Official line up is here (updated)


Last night the Big Day Out posted a message via their Facebook page stating that no headliners would begin with an R, which was then followed with another message this afternoon that read:

I am feeling kind so here is another hint (I told you yesterday no headliner starts with an R): No headliner starts with a P! OK one sleep ’til we meet right here and start the 1st announce party …


This morning Herald Sun music reporter Nui Te Koha tipped Radiohead to headline after speaking to Triple M breakfast:

Pearl Jam have changed their mind and the BDO has thrown a lot of money at another act … and it looks like Radiohead, which is a fair replacement.

While another source that has been floating around in the past 24 hours was a leaked press release stating Pearl Jam would headline along with System of A Down, The Killers, Kasabian, Soulwax/2manydjs, Florence and The Machine, The Living End, My Chemical Romance and even stated Sum 41 would return to feature on the line-up.

The most outspoken source for leaks in the past few weeks, the @BigDayOutSpy has always pushed Radiohead as the headliner, but never backed Pearl Jam.


Big Day Out 2012 Official line up is here (updated)


But despite all the leaks, it seems Big Day Out have done a great job of throwing everyone off, and it’s now likely neither Pearl Jam or Radiohead will appear on the line-up (as headliners anyway). There seems to be a strong sense of celebration in the 20-year history of the festival, and we hope the true line-up reflects that.

Big Day Out will officially announce 17 bands tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8pm and 3 headliners the following morning.

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