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Maddah: There were “fuckall” potential headlinersfor Big Day Out 2015

Former Big Day Out promoter AJ Maddah has told fans that the festival was forced to take a year off in 2015 as “there was fuck all out there” on the market for headline acts.

Complaining about the “shortage of headliners on cycle this year”, the outspoken promoter also revealed that despite their headline billing at several American festivals in 2014 neither Foo Fighters or Outkast were in the running to play as the Big Day Out next year. The lack of headliners on the market doesn’t appear to have affected Soundwave as Maddah recently announced that he has booked “four headliners” for the 2015 edition the festival.

As reported yesterday, the Soundwave promoter sold his 50 percent stake of the festival back to the Austin-based C3 Presents, who bought into the Big Day Out in 2012. C3 have since confirmed that while the Big Day Out won’t happen in 2015, they plan to resurrect the event in the future. Maddah has welcomed C3 Presents’ full ownership of the Big Day Out, telling a fan on Twitter it’s a “positive move”. He’ll appear on triple j’s “Hack” program this afternoon with the “real” details.


C3 Presents issued a statement this morning confirming that there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015, but that they intend to bring back the festival in future years.


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secondclassciti said on the 26th Jun, 2014

Headliner should have been AJ standing on stage for two hours listing in great detail all of the bands and managers he hates and why.


VegetableLasagne said on the 26th Jun, 2014

2 hours? please. he'd need the green day 3 hour slot..


Alskiz said on the 26th Jun, 2014

So let me get this straight: BDO was cancelled, because there were no headliners, because based on one man's opinion, on a band he clearly doesn't care about ('OutKEst'), they sucked live. It was ONE performance they stank at, and it wasn't even that bad. Every other publication has said they've improved since then but fuckit, just cancel the show instead. Is it too late to tell him Coachella actually sold out?

Despite that^ however, I do think taking a year off is a good idea. It worked here and as 2014's stellar line-up poor sales showed, the BDO just needs a little reinvention.

Patrick Holmes

Patrick Holmes said on the 26th Jun, 2014

I doubt outkast would have signed on for the BDO run. They're trying to limit their shows to those large format festivals with the '40 show world tour' and really only Splendour (or falls) would have been suited, no?


Alskiz said on the 26th Jun, 2014

This is true. But the way this article and quote are worded it seems as if OutKast were genuinely in the running.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 26th Jun, 2014

If they wanted the event to be successful they should've got *insert ridiculous answer for the purpose of trolling*.