Only days after it was announced that Noel Gallagher would be bringing the last ever Auckland Big Day Out to a close and, fittingly, Soundgarden would headline the festival just like they did the first year it was held in New Zealand, Ken West told stuff.co.nz that Big Day Out would be looking to expand overseas, specifically looking at Asia or America.
This is a somewhat promising sign for the festival after a year that has been dubbed a ‘shocker’ by organisers. From the festival being canned at one point, to his partner in crime deciding he would be packing it in, things could only be looking up for one of the most influential people in the Australian music industry.
In what we can only assume is a result of the helping hand of C3 Presents, promoters of iconic festival Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, West has stated that “The Big Day Out thinks global now and if there’s a territory like New Zealand that isn’t working we’ll leave it,”
“If there’s another territory that wants to support Big Day Out we’ll go there and that doesn’t necessarily mean in Australia. We offer amazing experiences and you can only do that if there’s a market for it.” West continued.
This follows on from the announcement that Future Music Festival would be promoting a festival in Kuala Lumpur, with the line-up being announced today. Consisting of 2011 FMF headliners The Chemical Brothers, this year’s attendees; Tinie Tempah, Chase and Status and The Wombats.
We shall see what the gang at Big Day Out office whip out in around 9 months for their 2013 line-up, which is set to be the biggest one yet. With 2009’s poor ticket sales and the 2010 impeccable recovery, it looks like we are set for a treat this time next year.