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Big Day Out Organisers Talk 2014 Lineup Difficulties

Written by Sarah Bella on August 1, 2013

Ken West, promoter for Big Day Out, has opened up on the difficulties he faced putting together the festival’s 2014 program over the past year, juggling egos and expectations to deliver the “impossible” lineup, headlined by Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire.

Sitting down for an interview with Music Feeds at last night’s Big Day Out launch party, West disclosed that he’s been trying to book Pearl Jam since 2000, and after negotiations fell through the festival has been trying to lure them back ever since:

“It’s been a dream that hopefully they would come back to embrace the idea of the festival again and luckily they’ve been through that cycle of only doing their own shows, not doing festivals, into coming back into it again, knowing that a lot of things have changed in 10 years in how festivals are produced.”

Big Day Out CEO Adam Zammit added, “Getting Pearl Jam’s harder than auditioning for A Chorus Line. It’s really tough.”

West also gave some insight into managing the expectations of headlining bands, saying, “Blur and Arcade Fire had made it very clear for years that they’d only be on the show as a headliner.” But eventually they both came around, with West explaining that both bands were happy to share the top billing with Pearl Jam because they knew how good the tour would be.

Speaking to FasterLouder earlier in the week, West said that piecing the lineup together was an incredibly difficult task unlikely to be met by any festival in the foreseeable future:

“It’s the most impossible lineup we’ve had because, if you think about it logically, there’s no other place in the world where you’d get these three acts on the same bill unless it was Live Aid. That’s the only other time you can get the egos pushed out of the way…”

You can watch our interview with Adam Zammit and Ken West below.

Interview: Adam Zammit and Ken West talk Big Day Out 2014 lineup – Part 1

Interview: Adam Zammit and Ken West talk Big Day Out 2014 lineup – Part 2

Big Day Out 2014 Lineup

Single day tickets – $185 + bf
Presale starts Thursday, 1st August through General Pants Co
Big Day Our Members Presale starts Friday, 2nd August through Big Day Out

General release tix on sale at the following times –

Gold Coast: 9am local time, Wednesday 7th August
Sydney x 2: 9am local time, Thursday 8th August
Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth: 9am local time, Friday 9th August

Dates and venues:

Friday, 17th January
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland

Sunday, 19th January
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Friday, 24th January
Melbourne, Flemington Racecourse

Sunday, 26th January
Sydney, Sydney Showgrounds

Monday, 27th January
Sydney, Sydney Showgrounds

Friday, 31st January
Adelaide, Bonython Park

Sunday, 2nd February
Perth, Claremont Showgrounds

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