Big Day Out openers on the prowl

16:00, Jan 15 2014
BIG GIG: Auckland band Prowler will open the 2014 Big Day Out.

The gig of a lifetime is coming up for two Westie musicians.

Auckland band Prowler will be opening Auckland's Big Day Out tomorrow.

Last November the band won the Radio Hauraki Breaking Band competition, earning the chance to play the opening slot at New Zealand's largest music festival.

Drummer Greg Seebeck says the band members are blown away by the chance to perform their biggest show.

"To be on the same bill as Snoop Dogg and Deftones is awesome and just to even be on the poster is massive.

"I drive past Western Springs every day and seeing the stages go up has started to bring on the nerves."


The Te Atatu resident says the group formed in 2011 after all the band members' previous bands broke up. It has been a busy year for the men who class themselves as a combination of punk, metal and hardcore musicians.

They released their debut album Enter the Night last September, released a music video and crossed the Tasman to play shows in Australia. Bass player and back-up vocalist Geoff Callender from Glen Eden says the band, who all juggle fulltime jobs, is extremely humbled by the opportunity.

"We do this because we are a bunch of friends who love it. I'd like to think the crowd can expect a high energy performance - I know I'm usually drenched in sweat after we perform."

Prowler will be playing on the Tamaki Stage from noon to 12.30pm at the Big Day Out, Western Springs, tomorrow.


Big Day Out 2014 headliners include Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg and Deftones.

This is the first time the festival will be held at Western Springs since coming to Auckland in 1994 after previous years at Mt Smart Stadium.

Gates open at 11am and the festival ends at 11pm.

Tickets are still on sale at

Western Leader