Australian acts shine at Big Day Out!

Friday, 31 Jan 2014

APRA AMCOS was invited along to the Sydney Big Day Out to check out the incredible Australian talent on display. With the crowds flocking in as soon as the gates opened, it was set to be a fantastic day of music.

Queensland’s DZ Deathrays opened the main stage to a great crowd, with a small, muddy mosh pit forming for the two boys. Shane Parsons, singer and guitarist in the band said the experience was incredible, “We used to go to Big Day Out as kids, travelling five hours to get there. To be opening the main stage was a surreal experience.”

As Canberra duo Peking Duk played to a bustling Boiler Room at 1pm, it was clear Aussie music fans were out in force. Adam Hyde from the duo was very excited to be playing, “Big Day Out was the festival we grew up with; it’s been a dream come true to play the tour especially playing in the Boiler Room. I’ve still got goose bumps!” Their energetic performance drew hundreds of fans from teenagers through to the middle-aged punters, all dancing in a whirlwind of confetti and music.

A gold spandex-clad Bluejuice played their fourth Big Day Out, infecting the audience with enthusiasm as they jumped all over the main stage. Jake Stone, one of the band’s front men said, “These gigs are the best! It’s a great crowd and there is nowhere better to play than Big Day Out! These shows are so important to us.”

Kingswood, a band playing the local BDO stage in Melbourne last year, returned in 2014 to take on the entire tour. They, too, were impressed with the crowds for local acts. “Australians love Australian music. It’s been awesome to be part of this.”

As the day went on, the crowds migrated to the main stage to see Tame Impala. Lead singer Kevin Parker was taken aback by the enthusiasm of the Aussie fans himself, saying what a great feeling it was to be playing the festival. “It’s a big nostalgic childhood fantasy for me. It’s the first festival I went to and it’s been awesome.”

While the Big Day Out saw the likes of Pearl Jam, The Hives and Deftones pack out stages, plenty of local Australian talent got the crowds going throughout the day. “The crowd here loves seeing bands they listen to on the radio,” said Adam from Peking Duk. “Australian audiences are super supportive and this whole tour has been amazing. There is nothing better than playing to an Australian crowd.” Stavros from Bluejuice agreed, “It shouldn’t be underestimated how much Aussie bands can draw a crowd to a festival.”

“The fans are one of the best things about Australian music culture,” said Kevin Parker. “Tame Impala got going through independent radio stations. They play bands that wouldn’t get played on commercial stations. Everyone is very supportive and it’s great for big festivals do the same.”

Photography by Meg Collins © APRA AMCOS 2014

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