Kanye West axed from BDO
Are you planning to go to Big Day Out 2012?
Kanye West will no longer be coming to Big Day Out 2012.
Festival promoter Campbell Smith made the announcement this morning after confirming the final line up.
Smith says the decision was made because of changes being made to the physical layout of the festival at Mt Smart Stadium.
The festival will be cut down to just four stages - one main stage, compared to the usual two, meaning there will be only one headline act, grunge rockers Soundgarden.
Smith said the restructure was "vital" for his team to be able to find a way to keep the Big Day Out in Auckland.
Along with cutting back to only one mainstage, the Local Produce stage has been cut along with Lily World. Capacity for the festival will stay the same.
The Auckland Big Day Out is not alone in the changes, with the Perth and Adelaide festivals also downsizing the number of stages.
Big Day Out organisers issued a statement explaining the changes, saying they wanted to recapture “the magic of early Big Day Out shows”.
Fans who have already bought tickets will be offered a $20 merchandise voucher or can claim a refund of the ticket price.
However, Oasis bad-boy Noel Gallagher's new band High Flying Birds has been confirmed for the January 20 festival, along with a handful of local and international acts.
Kiwi songbird Kimbra and Jon Toogood's supergroup The Adults will join the line-up, as well as Dubstep legends Nero, rockers the Vaccines and hip hop crew Das Racist.
Midnight Youth, Jakob and Cairo Knife Fight have also been added to the bill.
It was confirmed last week that controversial hip hop group Odd Future had been pulled from the festival after complaints were received about their homophobic lyrics.
Refunds on tickets are available until November 30.
Kanye is still appearing at selected Australian Big Day Outs.
Full BDO 2012 line-up:
Foster The People
Cage The Elephant
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Cut Off Your Hands
Mariachi el Bronx
The Living End
My Chemical Romance
I Am Giant
Cairo Knife Fight
DJ Sir Vere and Nick
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