Promoter confirms cancellation of Big Day Out festival

Australian festival won't take place in 2015 although there are plans to resurrect it

The America-based company who promote Big Day Out in Australia have confirmed the festival won’t take place next year.

Despite there being no event in 2015, C3 Presents have indicated they have plans to resurrect the tour at a later date.

A spokesperson told Faster Louder: “C3 Presents is proud to own Big Day Out, one of the most iconic and established festival brands in the world. While we intend to bring back the festival in future years, we can confirm there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015. We love working on BDO and are excited about the future.”

News recently emerged that promoter AJ Maddah is no longer involved in the Big Day Out and that no bookings had been made at the venues where the BDO had been held in recent years. According to documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission on June 13, Maddah and his wife Joanna Ward, trading as MADJO, transferred their 50 per cent stake in the festival over to C3 Presents, who bought into the Big Day Out in January 2012.

On the same day, Maddah stood down as Big Day Out director, having bought into Big Day Out in September 2013. According to official reports, the festival lost between $8- and $15-million on the 2014 event, which was headlined by Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, but is perhaps better remembered for Blur’s last-minute cancellation.

After Blur’s cancellation, Damon Albarn told the New Zealand Herald that the show would’ve been the band’s final ever performance. He said: “I didn’t want it to finish on anything other than a very positive note, because Blur is incredibly precious to all of us. But I was genuinely concerned that the whole Big Day Out thing wouldn’t be quite as spiritually conclusive as we hoped it would be, because we weren’t sure if the organisation was quite right, or supportive of our ambitions.

“They [the organisers] weren’t being straight with me about things, which they needed to be, and at that point I became disillusioned because I didn’t want what we’d done throughout the year, with Blur, to be undermined or tarnished in any way, by a show that wasn’t going to be what we wanted to do.”