Big Birthday Out for festival's 21st year
The Big Day Out celebrated a spectacular coming-of-age 21st at the Claremont Showground, with more than 30,000 fans streaming through the gates for the last stop on the national tour.
The entertainment started from the moment people queued up at the gates, with security guards yelling "if you aren't wearing your party pants then take your pants off" at waiting punters.
With the two main stages facing directly into the sun, not even the bands had respite from the heat; it was still so hot by the time Yeah Yeah Yeah's took the stage, at almost 6pm, that front woman Karen O tipped her bottle of water on her head.
If the crowd was suffering in the heat, they certainly didn't show it and were at their most energetic during Heads Will Roll.
Perennial crowd-pleasures The Killers packed out the "D-section" in front of the main stages after they kicked off with their debut single and best-seller Mr Brightside, followed by Spaceman and Smile Like You Mean It.
The sizeable crowd was impressive given the temperature hadn't dropped below 30 degrees by 5pm, by which time the majority of festival-goers had arrived to see Vampire Weekend kick off.
The introduction of "Chow Town" to the Perth BDO was extremely well-received; for the first time punters had a choice of something that wasn't deep fried or slapped between two pieces of bread.
Clarences, Greenhouse, Andaluz, Lalla Rookh and Snags And Sons were eaten out of house and home by 7pm, with the lonely El Compa still pumping out $5 tacos and quesadillas.
Anyone wanting to get front-and-centre once they'd taken stage was out of luck; the line to get into the "D" was easily 500-strong and the entrances to the over-18 drinking areas on either side of the stage were soon blocked off.
British five-piece Foals were firm favourites on the comparatively chilled-out Green Stage, but as the crowd thinned out at all stages and fireworks were fired off from the main arena it was obvious the Red Hot Chili Peppers were about to start.
Artists onstage at the same time as the Chili Peppers – including 360, Animal Collective, Sleighbells and Nina Las Vegas - had to resign themselves to having less-than-capacity crowds and the "No Noise" silent disco tent, which had hosted hundreds throughout the day, was completely empty by the time the Chili Peppers' 8pm start time rolled by.
When headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage there was barely a spare inch of step, stair or fence left by those craning to get a glimpse of the band and by the time they'd warmed into Can't Stop, people had even clambered onto Claremont train station's barbed wire fences to watch them play.
With standing room only right to the back, girls in bikinis who'd long since forgotten to hold their stomachs in clambered onto the giant carnival rides to get a few minutes' vista above the sea of heads and hands.
The American rockers could do no wrong and even telling the crowd they were "motherf...ers" elicited nothing but cheering in response.
Even those outside enjoyed the show; as revellers headed home, many still singing along to The Zephyr Song and Under The Bridge in their best Anthony Keidis and Flea impersonations, they joined dozens of festival piggybackers who had surrounded the Claremont venue to listen in.
And as capacity trains whizzed the sunburnt bodies home, it was clear that for every Claremont resident who might have been disgruntled by the noise, there were a couple who was still knocking back beers on their balcony, in just as good spirits as those making their way home.