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The Big Day Out Returns To Auckland's Western Springs Stadium in 2014

The Big Day Out Returns To Auckland's Western Springs Stadium in 2014

Thursday 11th April, 2013 8:09AM

The Big Day Out has been announced to return to Auckland in 2014 and organisers are hoping it will be held at new, dream, venue Western Springs Stadium and Park. The festival's new central Auckland location in park surroundings would do much to reinvigorate the brand which took a nose dive in 2012 leading to organisers pulling out of the New Zealand leg altogether.  After only a year off though, the festival is back and the break has allowed the local promoters to rethink the event which they promise will be much better tailored for the New Zealand audience in 2014...

Press Release:

What makes a great music festival?

It’s the magical mix of tribes that come together – music fans united, a line-up of superstar acts and must-see newcomers, art, culture, performance, entertainment and a sense of celebration.

We had been bringing the Big Day Out to New Zealand for 18 years. When it hit its straps, there was no denying it was a great music festival. And no denying we all missed it in 2013.

“We strongly felt that there was real desire for the event to return to Auckland,” says Auckland BDO promoter Campbell Smith.

"And more than anything else that really whet the appetite. We became determined that if we could, we should bring it back. We have spent the summer working with the Australian Big Day Out team and American partners, C3, the promoters of other major festivals including Lollapolooza, on a plan to bring the BDO back to life in New Zealand.”

But this is not a resurrection. This is a brand new day. A new event for Auckland.

In January 2014 Auckland will host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created and curated specifically for its New Zealand audience. It will have its connections to the event happening over the Tasman, but it won’t be the same and it will have its links to the past, yet it will be different.

This will be something fresh and new. Something better. But we can’t call it anything else other than a Big Day Out because that is exactly what it will be. It will be Big Day Out NZ.

Try this for size:

An event produced to the highest contemporary standards – unmatched in New Zealand.

A line-up topped by some of the biggest international and local names in rock, pop, alternative, hip hop and dance music.

A broader presentation of New Zealand art and culture.

A new home – we want the Big Day Out NZ in a venue that brings a completely new vibe, creating a brilliant new environment for the enjoyment and spectacle of the country’s greatest festival. We want that home to be Western Springs Stadium and Park.

Mayor Len Brown says he would be thrilled to welcome a Big Day Out NZ back to Auckland. “Any world class city has a constellation of events to cater for the tastes of all of its residents - young and not so young. Returning a Big Day Out to our calendar in 2014 would fill a huge hole and the proposed relocation to Western Springs would bring this significant music and culture event right into the city for residents and the thousands of visitors it draws to Auckland."

We’re back. Fresh. The Big Day Out NZ: Auckland, January 2014.



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Western springs = good move
Posted by Sam - anonymous 3 years ago
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Cheeky bastards - told us it would never be coming back and a year later?!!!

bet it will be crap with only a fraction of the bands in Aussie..Ripped off again!
Posted by Dan - anonymous 3 years ago
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Just please god no Powderfinger
Posted by Sam - anonymous 3 years ago
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so true, will have has been headliners and the aus one will be so much bigger and better

Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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should be interesting but it does sound a bit watered down and I wonder how much tickets will be for this.
Posted by sweetkat 3 years ago
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It's all about the artists. Poor artists = poor ticket sales = poor show
Posted by Huw - anonymous 3 years ago
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Ooooohhh I hope nickel back is headlining! Yes that's a lame joke
Posted by Lani - anonymous 3 years ago
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Bring soundwave instead
Posted by adam - anonymous 3 years ago
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THANK YOU KENNY!!! Plus Soundwave is shit, lame dried up hard rock bands - BDO offers more variety.
Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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soundwave is the cream of metal and punk bands, the BDO hasnt had a truly exciting line up since 1996
Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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bring soundwave over! we need more punk!!
Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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Or we could wait until the line up etc has been announced before picking it apart. Just a thought.
Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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maybe this time the fans will leave other genres alone..
talking to you soundgarden heads..
you threatened kanye, i'm sure if he still came last year wouldn't have been a failiure
and Odd Future.. f**kin hell their show was a sellout in a few hours at the powerstation they would have had a huge crowd at BDO
Posted by Charles - anonymous 3 years ago
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MEh BDO, hell yea to Soundwave!!!
Posted by Someone - anonymous 3 years ago
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FYI, HIPHOP is not made for a large stage, sure its good on a smaller scale, but Kanye as a headline act? No way!! A big rock band will always draw the crowd and put on a superior performance with actual instruments and awesome visuals, pyrotechnics etc
Posted by Listen to me - anonymous 3 years ago
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Laneways was lame due to being on a big concrete carpark. Go the green green grass! Good luck guys, been to so many good ones in the past before it fizzled at the last. Reinvent it and you should go well.
Posted by DC - anonymous 3 years ago
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An event at the springs with music is always great. Mt Smart sucks, shitty venue, Western Springs is iconic, I can't wait

Posted by B - anonymous 3 years ago
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Did someone say Soundwave is shit?

Pffffffffffffffffff!!!!!!!
Posted by Random - anonymous 3 years ago
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Mt Smart wasnt the problem it was the organisers and the bands theyve been putting together.The last couple of BDOs sucked.Been to many a BDOs at Mt Smart and they use to be awesome.

Posted by bro - anonymous 3 years ago
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BDO has been an embarrassing exercise in lowest common denominator commercialism for more years than I care to remember. The promoters are clueless & primarily motivated by the kiddies Xmas present dollar. It needs a new philosophy, not a new venue.
Posted by bastard 3 years ago
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hiphop wil have/should have awesome dance moves, so the stage space is for the backup dancers... bringing sexy back ay..altho if I eva saw janes addiction and Dave nevarro....id die..happily of course
Posted by Name - anonymous 3 years ago
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how long til we findout the line up? eminem shld totally come, and Linkin Park
Posted by Yo mama - anonymous 3 years ago
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look, i don't care who else comes. just please get the Arctic monkeys again. they are brilliant
Posted by luke - anonymous 3 years ago
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I heard Rob Zombie was going to next years BDO in NZ
Posted by James Franco - anonymous 3 years ago
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George Watsky may be going to it. Otherwise known as "Pale Kid Raps Fast". I personally am a bit torn. I have spoken to his manager, and he could be keen on ME setting up an Australia/NZ tour for Watsky, but I want Watsky to get the best possible exposure, which might just be BDO, damn it. I really want to do that for him.

Posted by Barnicals - anonymous 3 years ago
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think about it you have big bands, you will have a success bdo, bring metallica headlining and bands like the living end warming up the crowd. top 3 bands would have to be metallica, foo fighters and rammstein on main stages while even having linkin park, stone sour and slipknot. This will make an awesome bdo and will definitely be a sell out!!!
Posted by nathan - anonymous 3 years ago
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not too mention have to say new zealand artists like shihad to come also
Posted by nathan - anonymous 3 years ago
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Is there a age restriction for the BDO?
Posted by Shontelle - anonymous 3 years ago
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age restriction?
Posted by name - anonymous 3 years ago
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age restriction?
Posted by anon - anonymous 3 years ago


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