Gigs from The Strokes, The Darkness and Flaming Lips all confirmed...

MUSE, FLAMING LIPS, MARS VOLTA and THE STROKES are amongst the bands who have announced their own shows to coincide with the BIG DAY OUT festival in 2004.

This year’s Big Day Out festival in Australia starts in January and features the likes of Flaming Lips, Dandy Warhols, Mars Volta, Peaches, Basement Jaxx, Aphex Twin, [/a] and [a].

The week of the festival, organisers have put together a week of side shows, where bands playing the event do their own gigs. The details are: Muse- Sydney Metro (January 19) / Melbourne Hi Fi (January 27)

Black Eyed Peas – Sydney Enmore Theatre (January 20) / Melbourne Palace (25)

Aphex Twin – Sydney Metro (20) / Melbourne Prince Of Wales (27)

Basement Jaxx – Sydney Enmore (21) / Melbourne Metro (28)

The Mars Volta – Sydney Metro (22) /Melbourne Hi Fi Bar (28)

Dandy Warhols – Sydney Enmore (22) / Melbourne Metro (27)

The Darkness – Sydney Gaelic (22) / Melbourne Corner (27)

Flaming Lips – Sydney Enmore (25) / Melbourne Palace (29)

Strokes / Kings Of Leon – Sydney Horden Pavilion (21) / Melbourne Palais (28)

Metallica are set to headline the touring festival, which calls at:

Auckland Ericsson Stadium, New Zealand (January 16)

Gold Coast Parklands (18)

Sydney Showground (23)

Melbourne RAS Showground (26)

Adelaide Royal Showground (30)

Perth Claremont Showgrounds (February 1)

More acts are due to be announced shortly.