DIIV pull out of Big Day Out 2014

Brookyn indie group DIIV will no longer be performing at the 2014 Big Day Out.

The band’s name was conspicuously absent from the festival’s posters when the second lineup was announced yesterday, with speculation that their omission was related to guitarist Zachary Cole Smith’s recent arrest on heroin charges. But management have confirmed this is not the case, telling FL the Brooklyn outfit are focusing on the release of the follow-up to 2012’s Oshin: “DIIV has canceled all upcoming tour dates outside the US to focus on recording a new LP. We apologise to our fans in South America and Australia and will be back with new material shortly.”

Cole Smith was found in possession of “a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin” and charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving. He was also charged for driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without insurance, driving while unlicensed, and having an inadequate exhaust system. His girlfriend, 21-year old synthpop singer Sky Ferreira, “was found in possession of ecstasy and resisted arrest”.

The two were taken to Ulster County jail and then released on bail. Smith then took to Twitter to remind fans that he’s innocent until proven guilty: “What you’re reading is a police blotter, not the outcome of a court case. These cops wanted to fuck us, and they did. Sky did nothing wrong.”

The cancellation comes two days after the Big Day Out announced their second lineup led by Primus, CSS, and The Drones.

Big Day Out 2014 lineup:

Pearl Jam

Arcade Fire


Snoop Dogg

Major Lazer

Steve Angello


The Lumineers

Tame Impala

Dillon Francis

Mac Miller




Portugal. The Man

Toro Y Moi

The Naked And Famous

Big Gigantic



Cosmic Psychos


The 1975

Loon Lake


Bo Ningen

The Algorithm

DZ Deathrays

Peking Duk

Ben Morris



Vista Chino (formerly Kyuss/Kyuss Lives)

The Drones




Violent Soho

Jungle Giants

All Of The Colours

Bliss N Eso


Big Day Out dates:

Friday, January 17 – Western Springs, Auckland

Sunday, January 19 – Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast

Friday, January 24 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Sunday, January 26 – Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney

Friday, January 31 – Bonython Park, Adelaide

Sunday, February 2 – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth