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Big Day Out 2008 lineup announced

OK we all know RATM will be headlining and there were whispers of Bjork – well now we can finally put the rumours to bed as the first acts for the 2008 Big Day Out lineup are revealed.

Yep it’s true – two of the nineties’ biggest acts and two of our fave BDO artists, Rage Agains the Machine and Bjork will headline this summer’s festival and there’s plenty more nostalgia to be had with the likes of singer-songwriters Billy Bragg and Paul Kelly added to the mix .

Aussie rock fans can get excited with a big dose of Grinspoon added to the bill. Meanwhile Montreal indie outfit Arcade Fire will surely make converts to their Neon Bible . Hip-hop pioneers Hilltop Hoods will be sharing the love; music fans wanting a taste of electro disco punked up pop will no doubt be nodding their heads at the inclusion of LCD Soundsystem.

Peeps wanting some intelligent pop can check out Sarah Blasko fresh from a slew of OS dates and a stack of ARIA noms firmly in hand. While the Faker boys will no doubt up the ante with tracks from their new album Be the Twilight.

Adding to the mayhem, those maestros of spiraling synth and caterwauling guitars – the Midnight Juggernauts. Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal will also step into the fray.

Central coast punksters Something With Numbers return to BDO after smashing it in 2007… While NYC’s Battles will serve up a dose of their crazed math rock avant garde craziness.

New Zealand’s latest greatest export, Cut Off Your Hands will also offer a taste of their frenzied indie rock.

Excited? You bet we are!!

Big Day Out 2008:

Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Grinspoon, Arcade Fire, Hilltop Hoods, Billy Bragg, Paul Kelly, LCD Soundsystem, Sarah Blasko, Faker, Midnight Juggernauts, Dizzee Rascal, Something With Numbers, Battles, Cut Off Your Hands.

Tickets on sale:

Sydney: Wednesday October 10

Gold Coast: Thursday October 11

Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth: Friday October 12:

There will be strict ticket purchase limits:

Sydney: Two per customer

Auckland, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth: Four per customer

Conditions of sale and admission:

In an effort to ensure that tickets are available to genuine punters at the price we have set, every customer will need to read and agree to Conditions of Sale and Admission before they can purchase tickets. These can be viewed on our website now and will also be displayed in all agencies and outlets.

You will be asked to read and agree to the Conditions of Sale and Admission before you can purchase tickets. Conditions of Sale and Admission can be viewed at www.bigdayout.com

Big Day Out tour dates:

Friday January 18: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Maurice Rd Penrose. Gates open 11am

Tickets $120+bf. Strict limit of four tickets per customer.

Sunday January 20: Gold Coast Parklands

Smith St Southport. Gates open 11am

Tickets $125+bf. Strict limit of four tickets per customer.

NB: 5000 tickets will be with held from initial sale for use in the online ballot allocation.

Friday January 25: Sydney Showground

Showground Rd Sydney Olympic Park. Gates open 11am. Event closes midnight.

Tickets $125+bf*. Strict limit of two tickets per customer.

NB: 10,000 tickets will be with held from initial sale for use in the online ballot allocation.

Monday January 28: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Epsom Rd, Flemington, Melbourne. Gates Open 11am

Tickets $125+bf*. Strict limit of four tickets per customer.

Friday February 1: Adelaide Showground

Rose Tce Wayville, Adelaide. Gates Open 11am

Tickets $125+bf*. Strict limit of four tickets per customer.

Sunday February 3: Claremont Showgrounds, Perth

Graylands Rd Claremont, Perth. Gates Open 11am

Tickets $125+bf*. Strict limit of four tickets per customer.