The lineup for next year’s Big Day Out, boasting the likes of Tool, Rammstien, The Stooges and Grinderman, has proven to be a massive drawcard with tickets for the festival quickly selling out in Sydney and on the Gold Coast. The demand for tickets has been so overwhelming that for only the third time in the festival’s two decade, 100+ show history a second show has been added in Sydney.
Viv Lees and his business partner Ken West have been running the Big Day Out since way back in 1992, when the Violent Femmes headlined the festival in Sydney with Nirvana, Beasts of Bourbon, Yothu Yindi, You Am I, The Meanies and Died Pretty on the bill.
Just before tickets went on sale, FasterLouder caught up with Viv Lees to chat about the biggest days out on the festival calendar and discover how the lineup for next year’s festival came together.
How early does planning and booking begin for the Dig Day Out lineup Pretty much in the past we’ve always finished up one before we’ve started booking the next one. It’s such a big mountain to climb each year that we like to get it over and then have a think about what we’re doing.
Possibly there might be one exception – last year’s show we made a commitment to Muse way out. So we always knew they we’re coming back. But by and large we don’t really book in advance.
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