Slimming down ... Big Day Out gets a day smaller for Sydney fans.
The Big Day Out has been downsized to a one day festival in Sydney – a major U-turn on the original two days advertised when the star-studded lineup was announced last month.
The downsizing looks like move to protect the credibility of the event, especially in the wake of several festivals being cancelled.
Organiser Ken West released a statement this morning saying: "Perhaps we were a bit ambitious expanding to two dates in Sydney for this year's Big Day Out."
Pearl Jam are headlining the BDO.
‘‘The Sydney Big Day Out show scheduled for Monday, January 27 will now be merged into one show on Sunday, January 26, Australia Day.’’ This means the January 27 show has been cancelled.
The BDO was held over two days in 2011 but didn’t sell out on the second day. The change to the 2014 event has been rumoured for some time and the downsizing looks like move to protect the credibility of the event, especially in the wake of several other festivals being cancelled, including Harvest and Pyramid Rock, plus the poor sales of next week's Boomerang Festival.
Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) are set to headline the event, which has its strongest line-up for years.
Snoop Dogg will perform at next year's Big Day Out. Photo: Getty Images
West added that organisers would try to increase the capacity on January 26. ‘‘Tickets to January 26 are anticipated to sell out much earlier so do not delay if you have not already purchased.’’
People who have bought tickets for the January 27 show can get a full refund (until October 30), use them on January 26 in Sydney or exhange for any other BDO festival.
BIG DAY OUT REFUND INFORMATION
For tickets purchased from bigdayout.com, email email@example.com or please dial 1300 762 545
For tickets purchased from Ticketmaster, phone 136100
For other inquiries including tickets purchased from General Pants, visit support.bdopresents.com with "Sydney General Pants ticket exchange" "Sydney General Pants ticket refund" in the subject line.
2014 BIG DAY OUT LINEUP
Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion
Portugal. The Man
Toro Y Moi
The Naked And Famous