Big Day Out's new line-up doesn't appal fans

PETER VINCENT
Last updated 09:00 05/12/2013
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The troubled Big Day Out has added three bands to its 2014 line-up in the aftermath of Blur's shock withdrawal and an intriguing Britpop subplot has emerged.

Popular American alternative metallers Deftones and theatrical Swedish garage band The Hives join the line-up, but the biggest new name is Beady Eye.

The post-Britpop quartet is fronted by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and also features Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock, who are all former Oasis members.

The Hives are also set to join BDO's bill.

Blur and Oasis played out an at times fractious battle in the media for supremacy of the Britpop movement over 20 years, with Oasis compared to the Rolling Stones and Blur to The Beatles. Liam's brother Noel departed Oasis after a backstage altercation in 2009 leading to the break-up of the band.

One can almost imagine Liam Gallagher, one of rock's great loudmouths, taunting Blur's frontman Damon Albarn that he will finish what Blur couldn't - electrify the fans at the 2014 Big Day Out.

There were strong rumours this week that Jane's Addiction were set to join the line-up but hopes were dashed when guitarist Dave Navarro took to Twitter to deny it.

Beady Eye is well regarded by the British music press and usually covers Oasis songs (including Cigarettes and Alcohol and Live Forever) plus the odd Rolling Stones classics (such as Gimme Shelter). But as respected as they are in the United Kingdom, Beady Eye isn't a household name here. The main headliners remain the revitalised grunge survivors Pearl Jam and chart-topping Canadian indie band Arcade Fire.

The new line-up was announced yesterday and early reaction on social media was mixed, tending towards positive.

While fans weren't universally convinced Beady Eye was an adequate replacement for Blur, the Big Day Out's safety in numbers policy in selecting several replacements seemed to be working.

Positive reaction to the addition of The Hives and especially Deftones seemed to outweigh criticism of Beady Eye, although there were still a number of web users who were excited about the prospect of seeing Liam Gallagher's new band too.

The Hives, known for their energetic live show and sharp suits, have penned a handful of outstanding pop-rock tracks including the ubiquitous 2000 song Hate to Say I Told You So, currently the theme for a television ad in Australia. The Hives played at the 2005 Big Day Out.

Deftones, whose original bass player Chi Cheng died this year after being in a coma for five years, are a favourite of Big Day Out co-promoter AJ Maddah. Deftones have played two Big Day Outs (2003 and 2011) and one Soundwave festival (2007). Sergio Vega has been the bass player since Cheng's 2008 car accident accident.

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The Big Day Out does appear to be offering refunds. A statement on bigdayout.com on Wednesday afternoon stated: If you are unsatisfied with the alterations to our 2014 lineup, please use the following information to obtain a refund. Refunds are available until Monday January 6, 2014, and to the original purchaser only."

- Sydney Morning Herald

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