Big Day Out Festival Cancelled for 2015
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.26.2014
Promoters hope to bring it back eventually…
Billboard reports that the Big Day Fest has been cancelled for 2015. However, the owners of the festival, C3 Presents, insist that the show will return in the future.
Executives at the Austin, Texas-based C3 say Big Day Out will take a year off in order to reinvigorate the format. C3 co-founder Charlie Walker stated, "We love Australia and BDO, and we will be back."
The alternative rock and dance event was previously the biggest touring spectacle of its kind. In 2009, the show had 330,000 attendees across six cities. The show has gone through problems as of late, and recent partner AJ Maddah pulled out of involvement with the festival. He claimed he sold his stake in Big Day Out last week for $1, but C3 gave him the option to buy back his stake next year for $1.
The festival was reportedly a money pit for this year. Losses for the 2014 tour were at the value of $8 million Australian to $15 million Australian.
When asked about the future of Big Day Out, Future Music Festival's Jason Ayoubi stated, "First of all its really sad. (The BDO) inspired most of us to get into organizing music festivals. Such an iconic event in a lot of trouble is really sad. It's put an air of negativity around festivals. And it's had an effect on the tone of what the press has been espousing toward the festival space."
The show previously began as a one-date show in Sydney, Australia. In 2010, Big Day Out reached a 100-show milestone with the second of two Sydney dates.