Pearl Jam lures Timaru fans

01:20, Jan 17 2014
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Crowds gather at the gates of Western Springs in Auckland, waiting for Big Day Out to begin.
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Crowds gather at the gates of Western Springs in Auckland, waiting for Big Day Out to begin.
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Crowds gather at the gates of Western Springs in Auckland, waiting for Big Day Out to begin.
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People filter into Western Springs for 2014's Big Day Out.
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Prowler performing at the Big Day Out.
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Beastwars performing at the Big Day Out.
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Alaskan band Portugal. The Man warm up in this photo from the official Big Day Out NZ Instagram feed.
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Portugal. The Man performing at the Big Day Out 2014.
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Tame Impala performing at the Big Day Out.
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Tame Impala performing at the Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Randa performing at the Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Primus performing at the Big Day Out.
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The Hives perform at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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The Hives perform at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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The Hives perform at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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The Hives perform at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Beady Eye lead singer Liam Gallagher performs at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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The Hives perform at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Crowds cheer at the 2014 Big Day Out.
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Arcade Fire perform at the Big Day Out.
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Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka What'sHeCalledAtTheMoment?, performs at the Big Day Out.
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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder perform at the Big Day Out,
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Deftones at the Big Day Out.

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.

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SUN'S OUT: Rain clouds from the morning have cleared.

"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.

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SOUTH ISLAND FANS: Rochelle Wilson, Rachel Stuart and Kylie Andrew enjoy their first Big Day Out.

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.

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EARLY PERFORMERS: Auckland band Villiany finishes up on stage at the Big Day Out.

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."

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EARLY ON STAGE: Please Please perform at the Big Day Out.

However, despite the rain this morning, the weather appears to have cleared.

The Timaru Herald