POWDERFINGER LEAD BIG DAY OUT TRIBUTE TO JESSICA

The band, and 22,000 fans, pay tribute to Jessica Michalik, who died after being pulled from a crowd crush at the Sydney leg of the show...

One minute’s silence was observed by 22,000 music fans at the penultimate BIG DAY OUT gig in ADELAIDE today (February 2) in tribute to the LIMP BIZKIT fan who died after the SYDNEY leg of the gig last weekend.

As previously arranged with the organisers, Powderfinger halted their set and asked for a minute’s silence out of respect to 15-year-old Jessica Michalik, who suffered a heart attack after a crush at the front of the stage during last Friday’s Sydney show (January 26), and later died at Concord Hospital in Sydney.

Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning said: “Please turn your thoughts to someone unlucky enough not to be here today, and think about how lucky you are to be here as well.” Complete silence descended on the arena before the band played a subdued version of the song ‘These Days’.

None of the other bands on the bill have so far commented from the stage on the events, which led to Limp Bizkit pulling out halfway through the six-gig tour, and criticising the festival’s organisers after clashing with them over security measures. The band are since reported to have been in frequent contact with Jessica’s parents and say they are “devastated” by their loss.

As reported earlier today on NME.COM, Jessica’s parents have slammed the festival’s organisers during an interview on Australian TV.

NME.COM’s on-the-spot reporter has said that the incidence of crowd-surfing has decreased dramatically since the tragic crush at Sydney, and messages are being flashed up on the video screens urging fans to take care of each other and keep surfing to the sea, not the moshpit.

In other Big Day Out news, it is believed that the number of Limp Bizkit fans requesting their money back is minimal – estimated at around 20 from both today’s Adelaide gig and last Sunday’s (January 28) Melbourne show. Ticket sales have not been affected and despite a few fans wearing T-shirts taking a swipe at Limp Bizkit for quitting the tour, replacement headliners Rammstein have been well received.

Today, Queens Of The Stone Age’s resident naturist Nick Oliveri played the entire set in the nude, and Happy Mondays’ set was delayed by half an hour due to technical problems.