Curtain call for the Big Day Out
The cancellation of the iconic Australian Big Day Out Music festival sees live music evolve beyond the "mega-festival", says Peter Vincent, National Music Editor.PT2M10S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3auqc 620 349 June 26, 2014
American company C3 has confirmed the cancellation of Australia's Big Day Out in 2015.
But the Texan company, which also runs Lollapalooza, said in a statement provided to Fairfax Media on Thursday morning it is "proud" of the Australian brand and that "we intend to bring back the festival in future years".
AJ Maddah. Photo: Marco Del Grande
It would not say when nor commit to the same run of cities the Big Day Out played to: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast and Auckland.
C3 now wholly owns the BDO after Australian director AJ Maddah transferred his shares to the American company only nine months after he took control of long-time co-owner Ken West's half of the business.
A source told Fairfax Media that Maddah was unable to meet his obligations to pay half the debts incurred in the disastrous running of the event in 2014. It was marred by record low crowds, alleged unpaid debts to contractors and unhappy punters.
West's business partner Vivian Lees sold his half to C3 in 2011, marking the end of an era for the Australian music industry's equivalent of Vegemite.
Maddah is understood to be now focusing on the Soundwave heavy rock festival, one of Australia's most successful in recent years, although in a further blow to the 41-year-old music promoter, the hard rock Warped tour he brought to Australia will also not go ahead in 2014.
For anyone missing the Big Day Out experience come January, I'll be blasting 90s rage into a dust bowl in 45 degree heat.— Tom Ballard (@TomCBallard) June 26, 2014
@triplejHack Don't jump the gun with the "former" :)— AJ (@iamnotshouting) June 26, 2014
@MadMaxGent Yes. There's a shortage of headliners on cycle this year. Hence BDO taking year off.— AJ (@iamnotshouting) June 26, 2014