Victims of the tsunami disaster are also remembered at the Sydney leg of the event...

The SYDNEY leg of the annual BIG DAY OUT festival has come to a close, playing to a sold-out crowd at OLYMPIC PARK (January 26).

Around 55,000 fans watched sets from bands including Polyphonic Spree, Music, The Chemical Brothers, Streets and Beastie Boys, with this year marking the 13th appearance of the event in Sydney, which travels annually through six cities in New Zealand and Australia every January.

This year’s Big Day Out was headlined by an 80-minute set from the The Chemical Brothers, following on from the [/a]’ first ever appearance at the festival on the stadium’s main stage.

The New York trio played tracks including ‘Body Movin’’, ‘No Sleep Til Brooklyn’ and ‘An Open Letter to NYC’, before dedicating ‘Sabotage’ to newly inaugurated US President George W Bush.

BDO also saw the first Australasian tour for [a], who’d previously played only one show in Australia at the 2003 Falls Festival in Victoria. The band’s 14-song set included ‘Abra Cadavar’ and B-side to their single ‘Two Timing Touch And Broken Bones’ – a cover of Dion Warwick’s ‘Born To Cry’ – before closing with ‘AKA IDIOT’.

Other bands on the bill included DJ Carl Cox, Le Tigre and Slipknot.

On a more poignant note, victims of the recent tsunami disaster were also remembered on the day, with net profits from the Big Day Out official merchandise T-shirts being donated to related charities.

The Big Day Out next moves on to Melbourne, with promoters today announcing a further 1,000 tickets will be on sale this Friday (January 28) for that city’s leg of the festival, to try to prevent scalpers profiting from fans who missed out on tickets that sold-out weeks ago.

Adelaide’s Big Day Out at Adelaide Showground next Friday (February 4) has now sold out, with the touring festival culminating in Perth at Claremont Showground on February 6.