Big Day Out: the big gallery

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The great thing about the Big Day Out is that it draws such an eclectic crowd of movers and shakers, thanks to an artist bill that spans the grand spectrum of pop, rock and dance music. Future might focus on electronica; Groovin’ In The Moo is big on indie; and Peats Ridge is skewed toward the more folk-like. But Big Day Out opens its great big arms avidly to all genres.

This year’s  lineup was massive with veteran rockers sharing the same stages as arthouse electronic acts, rap artists and sample-loving DJs.

Soundgarden were a highlight, playing all gigs across the country, with singer Chris Cornell (above) and the boys delivering innovative renditions of classics like Black Hole Sun and Blow Up The Outside World. Kanye West thrilled east coast BDO goers but disappointed Perth fans by not making it across. Kasabian made up for it, injecting more oomph into their performance than at previous gigs (though we’re a little disappointed they neglected to play Empire). And Foster The People embraced everything great about pop and kept fans well pleased.

Other highlights included the kooky and delightful Architecture In Helsinki, local rockers The Jezabels, soul-delivering lovely Kimbra, experimental rock band Battles, and Perth hip-hopper Drapht.

Oh, and one rather spunky Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, looking rather healthy since not having played with his younger bad brother Liam for a while…  Antonino Tati

 

Photography by Jayga McMullen.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(above and below) Kasabian

 



(above) Foster The People

 

(above) Architecture In Helsinki

 

(above) Battles

 

(above) Drapht

 

(above) The Jezabels

 

All ecstatic front-row styleeee