The Big Day Out has been seriously challenged, but no doubt they can hold their collective heads high after putting on a well-run event focused on rebuilding and luring the naysayers back to the fold. Some 19,000 passed through the turnstiles at Wayville which is a fair return given how contentious the line up was, stirring much debate amongst music lovers, festival goers and punters in general. No doubt the debate will still rage on until next year’s line up is announced. On paper the line up looked a little light and lacking some big names to fill the bill with headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers not having the fan momentum to sell out all the Big Day Out’s off their own back.
Early on the schedule I found myself roaming around the showgrounds aimlessly as there really wasn’t much to get excited about, even on the main stage. So, it was good to be able to soak it up and check out a lot of acts that ordinarily I wouldn’t go and see. Catching a good chunk of Grinspoon, it seems as if they’re a Big Day Out staple these days. The anthemic Hard Act To Follow was stellar and current single Passer By was really rocking.
Vampire Weekend have been on my list for a while to see now with their last show selling out in no time at all. The indie kids love ‘em, but having said that, they aren’t the most dynamic or interesting of bands to watch. They do have a pile of hits to pull out, and the highlight moments were the “Ey! Ey! Ey! Ey!” calls during A-Punk or the joyful falsetto sing along in One (Blake’s Got A New Face). Would my experience been better served checking out Childish Gambino or Off? Probably, by all accounts!
Review by Rob Lyon.
Photos by Melissa Donato and Supernova Photographics.
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