Beady Eye on replacing Blur at Big Day Out: 'It's ironic'

Liam Gallagher and co will play Australian touring festival instead of former Britpop rivals

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Beady Eye drummer Chris Sharrock says it's "ironic" the band have been lined up to replace Blur at Australia's Big Day Out festival later this month.

Speaking to Faster Louder, Sharrock said: "It was more like 'Oh wow. That's funny.' The irony of it. It's no big deal though, really. That was all a hundred years ago, wasn't it? We're just glad to be out and going somewhere. Especially Australia."

Gallagher's former band Oasis were embroiled in a lengthy feud with Blur throughout the 90s, put to bed last year when Liam's brother Noel performed with Blur's Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was part of the Noel-curated series of gigs for the Teenage Cancer Trust in March.

Big Day Out, meanwhile, marks Beady Eye's first ever visit to Australia, and will see them visit Carrara, Flemington, Sydney, Adelaide and Claremont on the tour. They'll also play at The Enmore in Sydney on January 27. Sharrock added the tour was unexpected until relatively recently: "We didn't think we were doing anything in January," he said. "This opportunity came in at the last minute. We've always wanted to play Big Day Out. I’ve never played it before."

Sharrock said Australian fans can expect much of the same setlist as the band's recent UK tour, which features songs from both their album - 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' and 'BE' – as well as a couple of Oasis songs and perhaps the cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' which they debuted in November. "I'd say it’s 60 per cent new songs, 30 per cent old stuff and 10 per cent some really old stuff" Sharrock revealed. "And I think we'll be sticking a couple of Oasis covers in to keep the punters happy."

Blur pulled out of the headline slot in November, saying they were unhappy with the way the festival was being organised. The festival's co-promoter AJ Maddah vowed to refund ticket-holders who are not happy with the changed line-up, although admitted that organisers were "completely caught with our pants down" and that being forced to book new acts at such late notice would not "be cheap". At its peak in 2009, Big Day Out sold as many as 330,000 tickets. However, last year's 20th anniversary event was described by the festival's founder Ken West as "a total fiasco".





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