The Big Day Out has long been a festival staple for many New Zealanders. Enjoying a sun-filled day in mid-January is considered a summer highlight, although Auckland was robbed of the event this year due to financial issues.
Music festival fans rejoice – Big Day Out is set to return on January 17 at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium. This is a significant change for the iconic festival, as it has previously only ever been held at Mt Smart Stadium in South Auckland.
The change of location marks an overall transformation for the festival. This year, it aims to be a cultural, artistic and musical event in a more compact stadium.
Western Springs will unveil new stages and new activities. Previously only used for the odd big name concert such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Marley, this inner-city green space will turn into one of the most incredible festival sites in Auckland.
Summer and road trips go hand in hand, so why not make a holiday out of this musical event if you’re not from Auckland? If you don’t already own a car, hire one and make the trip up, or book and pick one up at Auckland Airport so you can spend the whole weekend seeing sights around the city like the Auckland War Memorial Museum or the quaint seaside suburb Devonport.
The list of acts is set for release on August 1 and i said to be the lineup to end all others. With previous acts like Rage Against The Machine, The White Stripes and Neil Young headlining, it’s definitely something to look forward to.
Early bird tickets go on sale from the official Big Day Out website and Ticketmaster on August 12, so be sure to snap yours up and get a head start on planning summer 2014!