Maddah: There were “fuck all” potential headliners for Big Day Out 2015
Former Big Day Out promoter AJ Maddah has told fans that the festival was forced to take a year off in 2015 as “there was fuck all out there” on the market for headline acts.
Complaining about the “shortage of headliners on cycle this year”, the outspoken promoter also revealed that despite their headline billing at several American festivals in 2014 neither Foo Fighters or Outkast were in the running to play as the Big Day Out next year. The lack of headliners on the market doesn’t appear to have affected Soundwave as Maddah recently announced that he has booked “four headliners” for the 2015 edition the festival.
@MadMaxGent Foos have headline tour. There was fuck all out there and Outkest have been awful live.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) June 26, 2014
As reported yesterday, the Soundwave promoter sold his 50 percent stake of the festival back to the Austin-based C3 Presents, who bought into the Big Day Out in 2012. C3 have since confirmed that while the Big Day Out won’t happen in 2015, they plan to resurrect the event in the future. Maddah has welcomed C3 Presents’ full ownership of the Big Day Out, telling a fan on Twitter it’s a “positive move”. He’ll appear on triple j’s “Hack” program this afternoon with the “real” details.
C3 Presents issued a statement this morning confirming that there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015, but that they intend to bring back the festival in future years.