Big Day Out 2013 Rumours + Long Shots

Australia’s largest festival has surprised us all this week, and it’s only Monday. Announcing out of the blue that they would be dropping their lineup in a week, the festival sent media into a frenzy trying to figure out what was actually going on. After an image made the rounds on Twitter, (thanks to the AUReview) it became clear that instead of waiting until September to announce their lineup as they have done for countless years, they would announce it 6 months before the festival actually takes place.

After the questionable success of last year’s event, (which boasted a sensational lineup that unfortunately didn’t please punters) many veterans began to question the future of the festival, with some media outlets publishing features on how 2012 was the year that the festival died. If that is the case, Ken West and the C3 team must have passed their CPR course in flying colours because Big Day Out is back, bigger than ever and clearly wants to regain the throne for biggest festival in Australia, and possibly the biggest tour festival in the world.

Well then, a question on many people’s lips is what changes will actually be occurring to the festival now that the tour giant that is C3 Presents is involved. The changes at the moment are somewhat unclear, but there are a few noticeable ones so far. In case you haven’t noticed, the marketing campaign at the Big Day Out offices has seen a complete overhaul. Not willing to make the same mistake that was made last year, an increase in funding to social media has seen the festival slowly build up hype, posting historic photos of previous festival bands on their Facebook’s timeline. Although that has only had a minimal impact so far, there is one major contribution that C3 has made already: it’s pulling power.

For those that don’t know who or what C3 Presents is, they are a mammoth touring corporation who put on copious festivals and events annually, including the famed Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and they assisted on Metallica’s Orion Music Festival. This year alone, these three festivals pulled artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Black Sabbath, and The Black Keys. In 2007 Lollapalooza alone pulled a mammoth lineup of Daft Punk, Muse and Pearl Jam. This pulling power, combined with that of Ken West (which resulted in the 2008 Rage Against the Machine Australian tour) is a force that even Soundwave’s AJ Maddah should be slightly afraid of. This pulling power will surely result in possibly the biggest Big Day Out lineup we have ever seen. Yes, it could be better than 2000 and 2008.

Another bit of information that many punters will be stoked about is that the festival will return to both Perth and Adelaide in full. Unlike last year’s shock decision to downsize the festival in both cities, and cancel the New Zealand leg for good, the West will see this touring giant in its full outfit. However, there has been one noticeable downsize of this year’s festival: the ticket prices. Proudly declaring that tickets would be $165 “No fees, no kidding!” really does show that these festival kings are looking out for the people. In this current festival climate, a $165 price tag isn’t half bad, seeing as the popular Harvest Festival is $173.15 (including booking fee). Although Harvest’s promoters have justified the price hike as a result of the Carbon Tax, the Big Day Out staff have clearly decided to decrease their profits in order to give back to the people. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, 19th July, but if you’re intelligent, be sure to hit up your closest General Pants on Monday, 16th July to get a souvenir ticket (just get it to secure your spot!)

Alright, so I have teased you long enough, and we all love a rumour, so here are the most likely artists for the 21st birthday of Big Day Out. After speaking to the kind folks at the Big Day Out offices, it was clear that they knew how to tease a festival head, telling me that “We do have approx 20 bands that have never played and most of them have new records!” With a massive winter of records coming up, that could mean anyone from Death Grips to The XX. Big Day Out also told the cats over at Tone Deaf that the lineup features “Two MONSTER headliners” and that four bands on the lineup have never toured Australia before. (Win)

Big Day Out 2013 Lineup:

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Only Australian Shows)

The Killers

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Vampire Weekend

Band of Horses

The Bloody Beetroots (Live)


Animal Collective


Sleigh Bells


Alabama Shakes


Crystal Castles

Pretty Lights



Against Me

Gary Clarke Jr.

Nicky Romero

Morgan Page


Every Time I Die

Delta Spirit

Childish Gambino


Hunting Grounds

Jeff The Brotherhood

Death Grips

Adventure Club

Jagwar Ma

House vs Hurricane

Avalanche City



Nina Las Vegas

Sampology (DJ/AV Show)

Big Day Out 2013 Rumours + Long Shots

Possible Headliners

Red Hot Chilli Peppers



The Throne (Jay Z + Kanye West)

The Prodigy

The Killers

Kings of Leon



Pearl Jam

Arctic Monkeys

Arcade Fire

The Chemical Brothers

The Strokes

Depeche Mode

Duran Duran

Possible Internationals

Childish Gambino

Sleigh Bells

Franz Ferdinand

The Bloody Beetroots (Death Crew 77)

The Weeknd

Silversun Pickups



Alabama Shakes

Cee Lo Green

Vampire Weekend




The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)

Groove Armada (DJ Set)

Public Image Limited.

The View

Scars on Broadway

Feed Me

The Enemy

A$AP Rocky

Frank Ocean

The Hives

Massive Attack

The Darkness


Lupe Fiasco

The XX

Queens of the Stone Age

Chase & Status

The Decemberists

Crystal Castles

Dropkick Murphys


Bullet for My Valentine

Simian Mobile Disco

Los Campesinos!

Sufjan Stevens




Animal Collective



Mac Miller


Two Door Cinema Club

Roots Manuva

No Doubt



Azealia Banks



Cat Power

The Gaslight Anthem

Atari Teenage Riot


The Fratellis

Biffy Clyro

The Knocks

The Ting Tings

The Big Pink

Possible Locals

Empire of the Sun



Cut Copy

Parachute Youth



Eskimo Joe

The Vines

Avalanche City

Kids of 88

Big Scary

Owl Eyes

Something With Numbers

Hungry Kids Of Hungary


Yacht CLub DJ’s


The Temper Trap

Matt Corby


Van She


Children Collide

Dead Letter Circus

British India


Xavier Rudd

Lisa Mitchell


DZ Deathrays

Cloud Nothings

Jonathan Boulet

Bleeding Knees Club

Bondi Hipsters

Bag Raiders


Loon Lake


Hunting Grounds



House Vs Hurricane


Big Day Out will be touring the nation mid-January starting in Sydney and weaving its way across the country. With the lineup announced next week, and tickets on sale only days after, this surprise announcement has caught many people (and their bank accounts) off guard, however, January 2013 will see one of the greatest festival spectacles this country has seen. Your move Soundwave.

Big Day Out 2013 Dates And Venues

Friday 18 January – Sydney – Showgrounds

Sunday 20 January – Gold Coast – Parklands

Friday 25 January – Adelaide – Showground

Saturday 26 January – Melbourne – Flemington Racecourse

Monday 28 January – Perth – Claremont Showgrounds

Ticket Information

Tickets: $165 – No extra fees

General Big Day Out on sale times (Thursday 19th July – All local time)

Sydney – 7.00pm

Gold Coast -8.00pm Gold Coast

Perth – 8.00pm Perth

Melbourne – 9.00pm Melbourne

Adelaide – 9.30pm Adelaide

General Pants Stores Pre-Sale Information: (Monday 16th July)


Pitt Street Mall – 8am

Bondi Junction – 8am

Wollongong – 8am

Parramatta – 9am

Kotara – 9am

Warringah Mall – 9am

Miranda – 9am


Bourke St – 8am

Melbourne Central – 9am

Chadstone – 9am

Chapel St – 8am


Albert St (Brisbane) – 8am

Robina (Gold Coast) – 9am


Rundle St – 8am


Murray St – 8am

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