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Could Canberra host a Big Day Out in 2011?

By Chop71 29 September 2009 29

I have watched for many years at the Sydney BDO selling out within 30mins and it makes me ask the question, Could we host a Big Day Out here in Canberra?

With so many headline acts in the country for the festival and cities such as the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (and Auckland) why doesn’t Australia’s biggest music festival have a presence in the nations capital?

Maybe something huge for EPIC (in addition to Summernats). Local tourism operators would be happy as it would bring people to Canberra during a usually quiet time of year (late Jan).

I’ll leave it open for comment rather than ramble on with my positive thoughts. ( … and there’s sure to be the odd grumble )
If you build it, they will come.

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trevar 5:20 pm 07 Oct 09

Just heard on Triple J that the Sydney BDO has sold out, and they’re adding another show; so get in fast if you want to get into that one!

el 5:50 pm 04 Oct 09

Er, yeah, times *have* changed. Canberra gets it’s share of international acts these days. Stick to events the size of Stonefest – a ‘Big Day Out’ with 5000 people showing up would look rather stupid, wouldn’t it?

It would attract heaps of people from Sydney and regional NSW /VIC.

You’re joking, aren’t you? People in Sydney (quite rightly) don’t want to travel to Canberra for gigs – they have no need to. Regional areas, maybe.

People flock to events like the JJJ organised “One Night Stand” organised in Cowra and other small towns because Cowra, much like every-other-identical-small-rural-town-NSW, is probably the most boring place on the face of the Earth – they don’t get (m)any of these bands coming through and playing throughout the year – of course people are going to show up (‘massive’ numbers like 12000 people…)

ApolloBradfield 11:10 pm 03 Oct 09

Ah how times have changed. I hate to bring up the Good old days but way back in 1972 period, Canberra used to host the Canberra pop festival on the Canberra Day weekend with some brilliant aussie acts of the day – the rockwiz question – the first gig you went to – Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs – gees they were loud. It was all played at the showground (now EPIC). They were the headline act that year. Also saw a band called Geordie who had a young singer by the name of Brian Johnson – hmm what became of him? The showground was packed out.

Anyway the Pop festival was a great gig but eventually it just got too hard.

If you have a look at the success of acts organised by JJJ in Cowra with silverchair a few years ago and the crowd that came for that. The trick is not to compete with the likes of BDO in the capital cities but to take the best acts from those shows and build our own festival here. It would attract heaps of people from Sydney and regional NSW /VIC.

Also it is a must for our centenary celebrations in 2013.

Comments welcome

Ciao Apollo

Strap30 8:32 pm 01 Oct 09

Eddie Vedder’s quote when we had our last “Big Gig” here in 1995.
“When we got here, it seemed kinda boring”.

Please, we can’t have more international acts frequenting and further perpetuating the stereotype.

Anna Key 7:17 pm 01 Oct 09

I-filed said :

It should happen in 2013 … as part of the centenary celebrations

And this is a great idea. We should have a centenary concert featuring some new and old Aussie bands.

Anna Key 7:11 pm 01 Oct 09

Given the money spent on stupid things in the ACT, why couldn’t some be spent on upgrading EPIC. Places like Reading in the UK can support a multi-stage festival in a field through using temp facilities. There’s a lot of empty space around it. I think transport could be a bigger problem.

And we don’t need a crowd equal to Sydney – I doubt Adelaide gets a Sydney sized crowd for BDO

grunge_hippy 3:58 pm 01 Oct 09

they barely sold out a second BDO in sydney when they did have 2 a few years ago because of it being so popular. dumb idea.

a festival as big as the BDO is only good in ‘bigger’ capital cities. we just dont have the infrastructure or the population in my humble opinion. Splendour works at byron because they keep it containable. Stonefest, trackside, foreshore, corinbank work because they cater to the size of the city. anything bigger than that, its an epic fail. remember when they used EPIC for pearl jam back in ’95? crapfest if ever i’ve seen one. EPIC is not big enough for a BDO.

sure, if there was a space large enough, give it a crack. but there isnt. where would you put the boiler room, in that pissy pavilion that hosts bra sales? the arena is 1/4 of the size of the one at homebush. it wouldnt even hold the stage.

keep dreaming

Kitchen Cat 7:56 am 01 Oct 09

fnaah said :

I’m with Lilli and Justbands – grow the local event/festival scene slowly, with the population.

Mad props to Friction/Lexington for their stellar work with Warehouse, Foreshore and Trackside. Their smaller events (such as the ones at OPH and the now-sadly-defunct Block Party @ dickson) are also well run.

Corinbank looks to be going from strength to strength, as does the Dragon Dreaming event.

Makes you wonder why Stonefest is going downhill, really. They used to be the only game in town, perhaps they’ve been shown up, or perhaps they’ve lost interest.

I didn’t think Trackside was a Friction/Lexington event – think it might be other people.

I went to Block Party at Trinity earlier this year and would assume it would be on again in January 2010.

Also, Stonefest is a University of Canberra event and this year it has been outsourced to a Sydney company and not organised in Canberra. I think the previous organisers did a great job and are still part of the music scene in Canberra.

I think a BDO in Canberra would be great – just maybe not in November ; )

vg 10:46 pm 30 Sep 09

Could Canberra host a BDO…..definitely

Will it?…….not a chance

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