Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire to play Auckland?

Last updated 22:13 31/07/2013
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The Big Day Out's three White Whales - touted as the line-up to end all line-ups - are no longer a secret.

Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire will headline the BDO's Australian shows, but the big question is, will they be making the trip across the ditch?

New Zealand fans won't find out until 6am tomorrow, when the organisers of BDO Auckland reveal who's on the bill.

All three bands have played New Zealand, although Blur hasn't done so since the days of Brit Pop.

Also on the bill for Australia are Snoop Lion, Major Lazer, Steve Angello, Flume, The Lumineers, Tame Impala, Mac Miller, Flosstradamus, Ghost, Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, Dillon Francis, Toro Y Moi, Portugal The Man, Mudhoney, Pez, Diiv, The 1975, Northlane, Big Gigangtic, Cosmic Psychos, Loon Lake, Kingswood, Bo Ningen, Rufus, The Algorithm, Peking Duk and Ben Morris.

Promoter Campbell Smith has said that the Auckland show won't be skimping on the star power, so music fans can expect at least one of the three Aussie acts to be playing.

The fact that he teased that the fourth act on the bill was big enough to headline the show suggests good times are coming to Auckland's Western Springs on January 17. 

The quality of the line-up for the Auckland show is crucial to bringing BDO New Zealand back from the dead. Poor ticket sales put an end to the festival this year, so the organisers need all the star power they can get.

The announcement of the BDO's Aussie line-up means a bit of humble pie for BDO's CEO, Adam Zammit.   

Melbourne tabloid the Herald Sun had predicted that Snoop Lion, Blur and Pearl Jam would be headlining the tour, and quoted sources as saying that Arcade Fire had shown interest in playing.

Zammit said the reporter responsible for the "scoop", Nui Te Koha, was way off the mark, and preceded to give him a kicking on his Twitter account.

"Nui wouldnt get invited to the opening of a wound so I wouldn't trust his lonely guess work," he posted.

10,000 Early Bird tickets for NZ's BDO priced $165 ($20 less than full-price tickets) will go on sale at 9am on August 12. They will be available at bigdayout.com and ticketmaster.co.nz.

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