After being canned after 2012 for being “financially unsustainable” the Big Day Out music festival will once again return to Auckland, but this time as a completely rebooted and rethought event.
“We strongly felt that there was real desire for the event to return to Auckland,” says Auckland BDO promoter Campbell Smith.
“And more than anything else that really whet the appetite. We became determined that if we could, we should bring it back. We have spent the summer working with the Australian Big Day Out team and American partners, C3, the promoters of other major festivals including Lollapolooza, on a plan to bring the BDO back to life in New Zealand.”
In January 2014 Big Day Out NZ will move to Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium and the surrounding park in its new form as a multi-stage music, arts and culture festival featuring some of the world’s biggest hip-hop, pop, indie, alt, rock and dance artists. Organisers say that although the festival will be related to it’s Australian cousins, it will not be the same.
Mayor Len Brown says he would be thrilled to welcome a Big Day Out NZ back to Auckland. “Any world class city has a constellation of events to cater for the tastes of all of its residents – young and not so young. Returning a Big Day Out to our calendar in 2014 would fill a huge hole and the proposed relocation to Western Springs would bring this significant music and culture event right into the city for residents and the thousands of visitors it draws to Auckland.”
Big Day Out NZ 2014
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland