Big Day Out: Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire
Whoo hoo! The Big Day out line-up - touted as the line-up to end all line-ups - has been revealed and it's one for the young and the young at heart.
Bringing the Auckland show back from the dead will be Blur, Pearl Jam, and Arcade Fire.
The bands are joint headliners for next year's festival, at Auckland's Western Springs on January 17, with Snoop Lion, Tame Impala, hip-hop/mash up act Major Lazer and New Zealand's post-punk band The Naked And Famous among other main stage performers.
Promoter Campbell Smith had promised that the Auckland show wouldn't be skimping on the star power - and he's been true to his word.
The only big disappointment is Lorde. The teen is nowhere to be seen on the bill, despite the fact she's ruling the charts with Royal and Tennis Courts and got rave reviews for her turn at last week's Splendour in the Grass in Australia.
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.
This is Blur's BDO debut (and Pearl Jam's). Bass player Alex James told Fairfax Media: "It's hugely exciting and there's something for everybody there.
"It's a while since we've played festivals, but everything about festivals has got better ... the only thing you can't guarantee is the weather.
"I think it's going to be crazy. I'm having my mind blown by travelling all over the world again with the band, it's fantastic, and we're playing better than we ever have before.
"I thought Blur was all over, but we had an amazing year last year - we were given a Brit [Award], released a couple of new songs, did a big show to mark the end of the Olympics in Hyde Park and we thought 'let's get to some places we haven't been to for a while' to say thank you to everyone for their patience and support."
James said he, Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon and drummer Dave Rowntree, who together have released seven albums including 1994's Parklife, were enjoying live shows and touring more than ever.
"You start off playing to 200 people and then you're playing to 2000, and we never really had any sense of how special what we had was," he said.
"It's really wonderful the shows we've been doing, it's a new audience and a lot of them can't have been born when Blur first started ... splitting up was the best thing we ever did, probably."
Ken West, who promotes BDO's Aussie shows, said of the stellar line-up: "You want to make sure the audience is entertained, but you want as much depth as you can get and what I particularly liked about this year's process was that it's been very interactive with the main acts.
"You've got Major Lazer with a track on Snoop's album, you've got Blur with Damon, who did the Gorillaz album that Snoop's got a track on, then you've got Mudhoney (who feature in the new Cosmic Psychos documentary Blokes You Can Trust) and the Cosmic Psychos. Mudhoney was brought up by Eddy (Vedder) and then we went: 'Well, we need the Psychos as well.'
''The line up is strong ... you wouldn't be able to get these three (headline acts) on the one day anywhere else in the world. We had an opportunity to put a gangbuster show together, we've got that and we're going to make sure it's the best experience."
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.
The Big Day Out launches in Auckland, New Zealand, January 17 and travels to a new site on the Gold Coast before arriving in Melbourne. Following the Sydney shows, the festival travels to Adelaide and Perth.
Artists who are currently listed as performing:
SNOOP DOGG AKA SNOOP LION
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
TORO Y MOI
CLAP CLAP RIOT