New Zealand may have missed out on their Big Day Out fix for 2013 but a new deal between organisers and Western Springs Stadium has secured a home for the event in Auckland for the next 5 years, after BDO announced earlier this year that the festival would definitely be returning to NZ for 2014.
The confirmation of the venue change comes after Auckland Council granted resource consent for the event to return to the city at an outdoor venue. Already, plans have been drawn up of what we can expect at the festival, which scheduled for Friday, 17th January. Entrance will be from the Stadium Road gates, with three stages spread over the main stadium and surrounding grounds.
Council have given the all-clear for a crowd of up to 50,000 people, half of the stadium’s capacity. Live music will be allowed until 11pm that evening with gates expected to open around 11am. The resource consent also devises plans for noise reduction, traffic conditions and a clean up with special consideration given to local residence. The council is urging those who might be put out of joint by the event to consider the positive effects it will have on the city.
Mayor Len Brown is all for the idea, commenting that the decision to move the event from Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose, Big Day Out’s Auckland home since 1994, will make it more attractive for those closer to the city:
“Any world-class city has a constellation of events to cater for the tastes of all of its residents – young and not-so-young. The relocation to Western Springs would bring this significant music and culture event right into the city for residents and the thousands of visitors it draws to Auckland.”
No word on when the line up will be announced just yet, but our Kiwi brothers and sisters can rest assured knowing they’ll be enjoying Big Day Out once again till at least 2018. Check out the full plans below.
(Via NZ Herald)