Pearl Jam lures Timaru fans
Seattle rockers Pearl Jam have lured a number of Timaru people to the Big Day Out (BDO) in Auckland today.
The festival is back at a new venue after a one-year hiatus prompted by poor ticket sales in 2012, and the Seattle band is headlining the event.
Timaru woman Rachel Stuart, 35, her husband and two friends are at the BDO for the first time.
"We get to a few concerts a year. This is our first festival," she said.
Also going for the first time is Todd Elliotte, travelling up with a group of five in their 30s from South Canterbury.
Mr Elliotte said the chance to see the Seattle band again was the reason for his trip.
Some of the big-name acts joining Pearl Jam this year are Arcade Fire, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Deftones, Beady Eye and The Lumineers, and Kiwi acts include The Naked and the Famous, Beastwars, P-Money and Ladi6.
Many fans were disappointed this year when British band Blur pulled out of the event.
While some South Cantabrians are having their first taste of the festival, Timaru Herald reporter Al Williams is a regular attendee and can still clearly recall the line up of the first festival in 1994.
This year may prove a "coming-of-age" for the hardy festivalgoer.
"A change of venue and clashing timetable, also to mention Blur dropping out. I'm not sure. Perhaps my expectations are high but for me it is a coming of age," he said earlier today.
"It's drizzling here in the City of Sails this morning, and, at 42, I'm contemplating a mac and pair of gumboots. In 1995 when Nick Cave took the stage, it was bucketing down, and I didn't give the mud and rain a second thought."
However, despite the rain this morning, the weather appears to have cleared.
The Timaru Herald