Pearl Jam are one of the headliners at this year's Big Day Out. But would they make your ultimate line-up?

Pearl Jam are one of the headliners at this year's Big Day Out. But would they make your ultimate line-up? Photo: Adam Fulton

This year's Big Day Out was almost the ultimate line-up for my wife and me - three of our favourite bands - Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire - plus other great acts like Snoop Dogg, Mudhoney, Portugal The Man and the Hives.

Blur's no-show is a big disappointment as they haven't toured Australia since 1997. The ''replacement'' band, Beady Eye, featuring Blur's great rival Liam Gallagher, is a somewhat pointed statement from the promoters.

You've got to hand it to the BDO promoters though: they always have a diverse range of artists and cater to all tastes. Those who don't like ''older'' acts can hang out in the Boiler Room or dance at the Silent Disco.

Each year we think up who would be our ultimate Big Day Out line-up. As an oldie, I look back at some of the mind-boggling line-ups of legendary music festivals, some of which ran for three and four days.

If I could hop in the Tardis and go to any music festival, it'd be Monterey (1967), Newport Pop Festival (1968) or the Isle of Wight (1970).

Monterey, which lasted three days, is considered better than Woodstock (and drier, too) and featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, Canned Heat, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Steve Miller, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Simon and Garfunkel, Booker T, and The Mamas and the Papas. Amazingly, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Doors, Kinks and Donovan were all shortlisted but didn't get on the bill.

The Newport Pop Festival boasted Alice Cooper, Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny and Cher, Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

The Isle of Wight Festival, held August 26-31, 1970 at East Afton Farm, is probably the greatest UK festival ever and the one I'd most like to have attended: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Who, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Sly and the Family Stone, Supertramp, Joni Mitchell, Free, Tony Joe White, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Chicago, Procol Harum and dozens more. It may have been cold and the sound terrible, but I doubt anyone noticed!

So if we were putting together our Big Day Out, it would be: Black Sabbath, Daft Punk, Blur, P.J. Harvey, Jack White, Saskwatch, Supergrass, Endless Boogie, Jurassic 5, Eddie Vedder, Hoodoo Gurus, Kylie, Portishead, Graveyard, Ronald S. Peno and the Superstitions.