With only 8 weeks to go before 2014’s Big Day Out kicked off in The Gold Coast, punters and fans alike were shocked to hear Blur’s news via a statement on their Facebook page they were no longer attending the summer event. While they slammed event organisers describing them as ‘challenging’ by letting the band and fans down, it was not good news for the struggling festival.
Following news of Big Day Out headquarters being recently sold for a cool $5.7 million, among venue changes and speculation over the festival’s future, CEO Adam Zammit assured fans via his Twitter page, the annual event is still going to plan following Blur’s cancellation off the bill.
Since then, speculation arose as to who would be their replacement, if it would be one major act or a string of smaller artists to fill the gap. Co-Promoter AJ Maddah announced recently three international acts would replace the UK rockers. Since then, punters have been racking their brains with prospective replacements from Foo Fighters to Janes Addiction and The Cure. Big Day Out have just taken to Triple J to announce the official replacements and are nothing short from impressive.
Joining acts to the likes of Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion are… *drum roll*- Beady Eye, Deftones and The Hives.
There still may be a further announcement of one or even two additional acts, as Maddah stated he was going to add on additional artists regardless of Blur’s cancellation. Keep an eye out for further announcements via Maddah’s ever-popular Twitter page.
For any ticket holders who are dissatisfied with Blur’s replacements, Big Day Out will also be offering full refunds on tickets with details to follow. Tickets are currently available for all cities through the official Big Day Out webpage.