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Kasabian’s Tom Meighan Laments Big Day Out’s Decline

Written by Greg Moskovitch on May 20, 2014

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has lamented the fact that the Big Day Out is not the towering music festival monolith that it once was, but says that he and the band still hope to be able to play the iconic Australian festival — with which they have a longstanding relationship — in the future.

Speaking recently to FasterLouder, the singer indicated that the UK had not been insulated from news of the festival’s troubles, which has seen organisers take what AJ Maddah described as some “ugly” losses following a turbulent 2014 event, and the cancellation of the festival’s Perth leg.

“I’d love to come down for Big Day Out,” said Meighan. “I like the festival [but] it’s gone downhill a lot recently you know. It’s not as popular as it used to [be].” Meighan said that he recalls “coming out five or six years ago and it was massive, and now it’s just gone down a bit, which is quite sad.”

The Leicester band last played the Big Day Out in 2012 alongside a bill that featured Kanye West, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance, Odd Future, and Royksopp. They also performed during the festival’s 2007 and 2010 editions, both of which were headlined by prog-rock giants Muse.

Meighan even echoed the sentiments of many fans and those in the Australian music industry, adding that the state of music festivals seems to be ailing and that part of the reason is over-saturation of the market. “Music festivals seem to be a dying thing. There’s just too many of them.”

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