Everyone’s got their own ideas about who’s going to replace Big Day Out 2014 drop-outs Blur, but now there’s a way to officially lodge your I-told-you-so’s ahead of time with Sportsbet now offering bets on their “What act will replace Blur?” list. Some of our own suggestions made the list (including our most unlikely proposal) with Wolfmother and Foo Fighters offering the best odds so far.
We don’t know exactly how this list was compiled, but “by popular demand” seems to be the only selection criteria. Wolfmother are sitting at the top of pile with 5/1 odds, inexplicable considering BDO investor AJ Maddah’s comments that “there are few Australian artists left that have the requisite draw to be on top of a festival bills”. We love ’em but they’re not headliner material. The recently reformed Andrew Stockdale-led outfit are followed closely by Dave Grohl and the gang at 7/1.
You could do worse than a cheeky flutter on the likes of
Soundgarden [Update: Soundgarden have been ruled out by BDO organisers] Massive Attack, The Strokes and Pulp but most of the other options are just silly. Some, like Arctic Monkeys and Lorde (really?!), already have tour dates locked in, so we’re guessing the odds on those will be dropping pretty quickly. Daft Punk, has already been ruled out by BDO CEO Adam Zammit, and would be a hard squeeze into the top end of the BDO lineup anyway.
Outkast are reforming, yes, but they’re supposedly reuniting at Coachella 2014. A Powderfinger reunion is more than likely off the cards thanks to the extra curricular activities of Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, and doesn’t really fill the “added value” criteria organisers have set themselves. And the less said about an ABBA appearance the better, really.
Thankfully Sportsbet, who seem to be the only major bookie in Australia currently taking bets on the Big Day Out fill-in band, didn’t give our suggestion of Tupac‘s hologram a look in. Apparently you can lodge your own requests though, so if you feel like completely wasting your money, go right ahead.
Maddah said yesterday that Blur’s replacement will likely come from the UK or US, and may be announced as soon as this week. Check out Sportsbet’s complete list of options and the latest pay outs below, as well as our own semi-serious list of candidates.
Music Feeds Gallery: 9 Potential Replacements For Blur’s Big Day Out Spot
Sportsbet – What Act Will Replace Blur?
Applies to the act announced by organisers as the replacement for Blur at BDO14. Bets void should Blur perform or no act be announced. Others on request.
Foo Fighters 7.00
Beady Eye 11.00
The Black Keys 12.00
Nick Cave 12.00
Arctic Monkeys 13.00
Massive Attack 13.00
Kings Of Leon 15.00
The Cure 15.00
Daft Punk 21.00
The Strokes 26.00
David Bowie 34.00