The rockers bust the PA...

Queens Of The Stone Age had to cut short their set at the opening fixture of the BIG DAYOUT festival at AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, today (January 17) after their equipment was beset by gremlins.

The day had passed without incident until the band took the stage at 6pm. They got off to a rocky start almost after their first few notes had been played, with Queens Of The Stone Age – easily the loudest band of the day so far – proved too much for the PA, which stuttered out leaving them in silence. The band tried ‘No One Knows’, which occasionally lapsed into silence as the sound cut out completely, and despite them playing determinedly, the audience were left unable to hear.

According to eyewitnesses, the band were “clearly frustrated” as they walked off 30 minutes earlier than expected. Big Day Out organisers took full responsibility for power glitch, stressing it was nothing to do with Queens Of The Stone Age, and the band were rescheduled to play another set on the fourth stage at 11pm (Auckland time).

The slot was scheduled to happen after second stage headliners, New Zealanders The Datsuns‘ set.

Other acts who have put in performances on the opening night of the rolling festival are Kraftwerk, who played their first ever New Zealand show; PJ Harvey, who performed with a three-piece line-up and played several new songs, which seemed to indicate her new material could be heading in a harder, almost punk direction; D4, whose performance had eye-popping visuals; New Zealand natives Jane’s Addiction; [a][/a]; and Main Stage headliners Foo Fighters, whose highlights included ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘Stacked Actors’, and ‘Everlong’.

NME.COM will be bringing updates from Big Day Out as it progresses towards its conclusion at Perth on February 2, alongside full coverage in NME starting next week.