IN STORES THIS WEEK!
The Sydney leg of the 2006 Big Day Out sold out last week in record time.
The rolling Big Day Out festival, the largest one day music event downunder, kicks off in Auckland on 20 January before heading over the Tasman for five more dates.
Campbell Smith, promoter of the Auckland Big Day Out, says the early Sydney sell-out is an indication of the strength of the Big Day Out and its 2006 line-up and confirmed that local ticket sales are also strong.
"The Big Day Out is a cornerstone of the summer music season all over Australasia. If you look to Auckland, for instance, only Christmas in the Park could possibly considered to be bigger."
And while the line-up for Christmas in the Park is yet to be unveiled, the 2006 Big Day Out has already announced its headliners – the White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, and Iggy and the Stooges, back together over 30 years after their raw power first shook rock to its foundations.
The second wave of acts for the 2006 Big Day Out, featuring over a dozen more local and international artists, will be announced on Wednesday 16 November.
Smith has dismissed early speculation that an invasion of Australian fans who cannot get tickets to the event over the Tasman will now threaten to drown Ericsson in choruses of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
"If they want to come, we have plenty of NZ acts on the bill to educate their minds, hearts and their little dancing feet. We will welcome our Australian cousins to our Big Day Out with open arms."