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Black Keys back in October orfor Big Day Out

Ever since The Black Keys bailed on their Australian tour early last year we have been waiting for some solid confirmation they would back, and now we finally have it – by way of Cherry Bar owner James Young.

Eschewing previous ‘reports’ by rumour monger Nui Te Koha that The Black Keys could be here for Splendour, Young – who is Triple M’s music reporter-at-large at SXSW – has assured us that he “had long words with Patrick and Dan [from The Black Keys] and they assured me that if they’re not here in October they will be here for the Big Day Out.”

Young’s adventures in Texas this year have reportedly piqued the interest of Collingwood President Eddie McGuire who, “After hearing what James had to say about the SXSW event…was so impressed wants to present the idea to the Victorian Major Events company to see if he can get this happening in Melbourne.” Wonder if he has heard of Big Sound, FUSE, Face The Music or One Movement Festival?

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nicowen

nicowen said on the 16th Mar, 2012

No harm in another one though, RIP One Movement for us in Perth :-(

Quicky

Quicky said on the 16th Mar, 2012

BDO side stage late spot please!

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 16th Mar, 2012

The Black Keys are too big for side stage now.

gomez

gomez said on the 16th Mar, 2012

headline should be "someone has a guess when black keys tours next"

Andeh

Andeh said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Black Keys would fit BDO, and right now they could play second last on main.

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Black Keys would be straight out headliner, they are headlining fests like Coachella as if they would be anything other than headliner here. Yes they are bigger in the US but dont underestimate the popularity of lonely boy all bandwagoners need is one song

Perry

Perry said on the 17th Mar, 2012

haha eddie...the victorian government has no interest in keeping melbourne live music venues open let alone delivering another music conference...first things first nob head...

yetiite

yetiite said on the 17th Mar, 2012

You shouldn't insult someone until you can at least correctly spell that insult.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 17th Mar, 2012

if Black Keys are the biggest act BDO can secure for 2013 i have grave concerns for the future of the festival, at least at its current size. Black Keys have sold just as many if not less albums in Aus as Foster the People, Kimbra, Boy &Bear amongst others. all of who played mid arvo/side stage sets at BDO 2012.

Black Keys have been massive in the States for several years now. they did arenas in support of Brothers over there whereas they were scheduled to do a mid arvo green stage set at BDO 2011, not too different from what Battles this year. personally i would love to see them doing a headlining set at BDO and it'll probably get me there but i can't imagine it would get another 55 000 Sydneysiders there paying $180.

i'm saying they'll play Kasabian's spot ie 3rd headliners. sideshow at the Hordern.

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 17th Mar, 2012

Maybe big day out needs to go back to targetting people like you and me rather than trying to target everyone & getting nobody

grattan

grattan said on the 17th Mar, 2012

if Black Keys are the biggest act BDO can secure for 2013 i have grave concerns for the future of the festival, at least at its current size. Black Keys have sold just as many if not less albums in Aus as Foster the People, Kimbra, Boy &Bear amongst others. all of who played mid arvo/side stage sets at BDO 2012.

Black Keys have been massive in the States for several years now. they did arenas in support of Brothers over there whereas they were scheduled to do a mid arvo green stage set at BDO 2011, not too different from what Battles this year. personally i would love to see them doing a headlining set at BDO and it'll probably get me there but i can't imagine it would get another 55 000 Sydneysiders there paying $180.

i'm saying they'll play Kasabian's spot ie 3rd headliners. sideshow at the Hordern.

Overall you make a decent point they'd probably be poised to be Kasabian level on a BDO 2013 lineup.

But as many or less sales than Kimbra, Foster or Boy and Bear? Really? Sure, all four acts have sold Platinum on their most recent albums - but that's where it stops for Kimbra, Foster & Boy and Bear. Black Keys have had two top ten albums here; another two went top 20 and then there's a further three albums of sales.

And sure they were booked as mid-afternoon third stage in 2011 and play sideshows at the Enmore/Tivoli/two shows in Melbourne (Palace and Billboard), but that was before El Camino and Lonely Boy - shit's done changed now.

omega666

omega666 said on the 18th Mar, 2012

i work for a music retailer, and black keys have been doing amazingly, there is potential for them to headline bdo. they have the fan base, and they have the back catalogue to be seriously considered

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 18th Mar, 2012

Overall you make a decent point they'd probably be poised to be Kasabian level on a BDO 2013 lineup.

But as many or less sales than Kimbra, Foster or Boy and Bear? Really? Sure, all four acts have sold Platinum on their most recent albums - but that's where it stops for Kimbra, Foster & Boy and Bear. Black Keys have had two top ten albums here; another two went top 20 and then there's a further three albums of sales.

And sure they were booked as mid-afternoon third stage in 2011 and play sideshows at the Enmore/Tivoli/two shows in Melbourne (Palace and Billboard), but that was before El Camino and Lonely Boy - shit's done changed now.

my bad! i was meant to say that El Camino has sold about the same or less than those artists. and of course shits changed now. they've gone from being able to sell out 2000 capacity venues around the country to being able to fill a 5000-6000 capacity venue. still not BDO headliner big imo.

Lucan

Lucan said on the 18th Mar, 2012

Listened to TripleM on Saturday for the first time in quite a while. During a 12hr work day, I heard them play Lonely Boy no fewer than 5 times and Gold on the Ceiling at least twice.

I think they've well and truly broken into the Aust mainstream and could pass as a BDO headliner.

Andeh

Andeh said on the 19th Mar, 2012

Overall you make a decent point they'd probably be poised to be Kasabian level on a BDO 2013 lineup.

But as many or less sales than Kimbra, Foster or Boy and Bear? Really? Sure, all four acts have sold Platinum on their most recent albums - but that's where it stops for Kimbra, Foster & Boy and Bear. Black Keys have had two top ten albums here; another two went top 20 and then there's a further three albums of sales.

And sure they were booked as mid-afternoon third stage in 2011 and play sideshows at the Enmore/Tivoli/two shows in Melbourne (Palace and Billboard), but that was before El Camino and Lonely Boy - shit's done changed now.

Weren't all those shows sold out prior to cancellation? I know Tiv sold out stupidly fast. Like, 5 minutes

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 19th Mar, 2012

"That awkward moment when the Black keys just do their own headlining tour"

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 19th Mar, 2012

I hope for a festival tour only so that the sideshow venue will possibly be the enmore instead of the hordern.