Festival organisers hope to cut the crowds by spreading the event over two days...

BIG DAY OUT will get a second date in SYDNEY next year, after organisers made the decision to spread the event over two days to cut down on crowds.

Sydney fans can now attend the second festival – comprising of the same bill – on January 24, or the original January 23 date already announced. It’s the first time in the event’s 11-year history that demand has led to a second show being announced for any city.

The 2004 Big Day Out – headlined by Metallica – will feature bands including The Strokes, Muse, Mars Volta, Flaming Lips, Dandy Warhols, [/a], [a] and [a][/a].

Festival producer Ken West said: “Even though it seems like a big call to stage a second show in Sydney, it was ultimately the only logical step. A second day allows the event to be safer, less crowded and more accessible in a city that always thinks big. As always there’s an abundance of great acts to see and this allows the die hards to go twice and experience two different sides to the show.”

The Big Day Out calls at:

Auckland Ericsson Stadium, New Zealand (January 16)

Gold Coast Parklands, Australia (18)

Sydney Showground (23-24)

Melbourne RAS Showground (26)

Adelaide Royal Showground (30)

Perth Claremont Showgrounds (February 1)