Big Day Out founder Ken West will kick off the Australian Music Week conference in Sydney on Wednesday with insights about the rise and fall of Australia’s iconic music festival.
The Big Day Out debuted in Sydney in 1992 with headliner Violent Femmes and an appearance from Nirvana.
In 1993 Big Day Out expanded to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth as well as Sydney with headliner Iggy Pop and featuring Sonic Youth.
In 1994 Gold Coast and Auckland were added. Soundgarden, The Ramones, Bjork and The Smashing Pumpkins played.
Oasis were in 1995, Rage Against The Machine in 1996, Soundgarden again in ’97, there was no BDO in ’98 but it was back in 1999 with Hole and Marilyn Manson.
The first Big Day Out of 2000 featured Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, The Chemical Brothers and Foo Fighters. Limp Bizkit and Rammstein played 2001, The Prodigy, New order and Garbage were 2002, Foo Fighters, Janes Addiction and Underworld were 2003, Metallica 2004, Beastie Boys, System of a Down and Chemical Brothers in 2005, White Stripes and The Stooges in 2006, Tool, Muse and The Killers in 2007, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and Arcade Fire in 2008, Neil Young in 2009, Muse and Powderfinger in 2010, Tool, Rammstein and The Stooges in 2011, Soundgarden in 2012, The Chili Peppers and The Killers in 2013, Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire in 2014 and then it was all over.
Ken West will explain why the bands that Ken West rejects makes Ken West the best … and more.
Join Ken West with Bob Lefsetz from 12.15pm for Australian Music Week’s first keynote address.