Whether or not it goes ahead is still in question but if the Big Day Out festival returns in 2016 it is likely to be an East Coast and Auckland only affair, according to promoter AJ Maddah.
Maddah made the comment on Twitter in response to a question of whether there were any “murmurs’ of a 2016 Big Day Out event. The comments echo similar ones he has made about his flagship festival Soundwave, which will not be travelling to Perth this year and will host its final Adelaide leg this weekend.
The Big Day Out is now owned by international Promoter and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment who late last year purchased C3 Presents, the promoter who, just months previously, took a 100 percent stake in the iconic Australian festival.
Midway through last year AJ Maddah sold his 50 percent stake in The Big Day Out but later insisted he has “the option” to buy his share back at a later date, provided he throws in some extra capital. He also said he will still be involved in the running of the Big Day Out which he said will return in some capacity 2016, when “people will see the reboot of Big Day Out Version 2.”
When the news broke that C3 Presents had acquired Maddah’s stake in the Australian festival, they issued a statement confirming that the Big Day Out will not return in 2015, but stated their intention to bring the festival back “in future years”.
Photos: Big Day Out Perth – Arena Joondalup, 02/02/14 / Photos by Court McCallister
Future Big Day Out Festivals Could Be East Coast Only - Music Feeds
@normo94 if it happens it will be East Coast and Auckland only.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 19, 2015