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Live Review: Big Day Out 2012

Live Review: Big Day Out 2012

Monday 23rd January, 2012 11:13AM

Any doubts about whether Big Day Out 2012 would indeed be the last for Auckland were cleared up after just a couple of hours at the festival on Friday. For anyone that had been to even one previous Big Day Out,  the drop in numbers was severe, confirming rumours that tickets sales had barely cracked 10,000 by the morning of the festival. The official attendence figure announced the following day was nearer 20,000 bolstered by a last minute promotion where people could get in for free till 8pm if they showed an old BDO ticket or piece of BDO merch.

Initially at least it was really hard not to reflect with some sadness on the festival that once was - which even up to last year had an attendance of 40,0000+ - and feel bad for promoter Ken West and local organisers who had put so much into the festival year after year since 1994 to have to go out in this way.

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