Big Day Out returning to Auckland

The Big Day Out is returning in 2014 after promoters decided not to run the music festival this year.

Promoter Campbell Smith said today in a statement there was no denying the public missed having the event.

“We strongly felt that there was real desire for the event to return to Auckland,” said Smith.

The event was canned for 2013 when then organiser Ken West said it was financially unsustainable with increasing costs and decreasing profits. Smith said he had found a way to make it work.

“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.”

To be held in Auckland in January next year, Big Day Out NZ would host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created and curated specifically for its New Zealand audience.

Smith said it would have connections to the Big Day Out events happening in Australia, but it wouldn’t be the same.

Music genres to be covered at the event include rock, pop, alternative, hip hop and dance.

It was proposed the event would be held at Western Springs Stadium and Park – a move that Smith said had Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s support as it would centralise the festival.

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