Australia rocks to The Big Day Out 2009

TENS of thousands of revelers defied scorching summer weather yesterday, sweating themselves into a frenzy as rock legend Neil Young brought the Sydney leg of the Big Day Out music festival to a thunderous close.

With the mercury nudging 40C and the volume close to 11, the sell-out crowd of 55,000 packed into Olympic Stadium at Homebush in Sydney’s west to see more than 70 local and international acts, including The Living End, Sneaky Sound System and the Arctic Monkeys, join Young at the multi-stage venue.

In a stirring 90-minute set, Young wrung the neck of his faithful black Gibson to produce many of his signature songs, including Rockin’ in the Free World and Heart of Gold.

However, despite being the headline act, the 68-year-old Canadian’s place in the pantheon of rock was lost on many of the young fans. “I don’t even know who Neil Young is,” said Wollongong reveler Tegan Everett.

Like many of young revelers that made up the capacity crowd, the 19-year-old had come to see the festival’s overseas acts such as British ravers The Prodigy and Manchester duo the Tings Tings.

Despite the generation gap, there were some fans keen to savor Young’s presence. “He’s awesome,” said Dean Grigson, 48, from Manly, himself a veteran of seven BDOs. “He has such a great raw sound and puts on such a good live show.”

The festival’s local acts held their own too, among them Sydney electro-pop outfit Sneaky Sound System, who lit up the Orange Stage ahead of a high-octane performance by British rock sensation The Arctic Monkeys.

Off-stage, the blistering heat dictated the dress code as the tattooed and bikini-clad hordes streamed into the venue at 10am for a day, and night, of solid partying in the lead-up to the Australia Day long weekend.

The Local and Overseas Talent didn’t let us down ,we were Rocked from the time we entered till long after it closed.The Music was Loud ,the crowd was Wild ,and everyone was enjoying the start to the long weekend……

Scorching guitar work, killer name and an electrifying stage presence has made Melbourne’s CHILDREN COLLIDE the hottest trio to break through the indie scene in a long time. With their cracker debut LP The Long Now, CHILDREN COLLIDE have created an album that is a captivating introduction to the band’s explosive, high-voltage grunge-alicous pop. After wowing crowds during their hometown BDO show in 08, they join the big wheel circus for the first time.

THE GETAWAY PLAN have graduated top of the class from their teenage punk rock beginnings in Melbourne and have busted their way into the rock scene in a big way! With sold out tours and stacks of radio and television airplay, these rock minstrels are on the up. And finally fans can enjoy their music in the comfort and safety of their own homes with the release of their debut LP Other Voices, Other Rooms, which punches out powerful, melodic, rock hits like Where the City Meets the Sea and Shadows. It was time to get away with the GET AWAY PLAN

Mammal is f**king excellent to watch; there’s no denying it. – Drum Media. And it IS as simple as that really. MAMMAL’s first LP was a revolutionary live album melding prog, punk and raw rock. With their prophetic powerhouse vocalist Ezekiel Ox and more wild riffage from Pete Williamson than you can poke a stick at, these guys released their first studio album this year when they recorded with Eric Sarafin (Ben Harper, Pharcyde). Raging against the record industry machine, MAMMAL released the resulting record The Majority independently, And did they make on hell of a show for us fans…

The genius of Sydney’s own MERCY ARMS is slowly dawning on music fans in Australia and abroad. In 2008 they’ve continued to spin their melodic web around our psyche’s with release their self titled debut – an inspired album drenched in luscious production from iconic Australian producer Tony Cohen. MERCY ARMS have also been sharing their atmospheric rock with audiences worldwide, and locally have ridden along in the tour bus with the likes of The Pixies, The Strokes, Cut Copy, The Horrors and The Editors. This band is sure to be round longer than your haircut,

Big Day Out is dedicated to providing good times. And to help do this in 2009, we called on the band dubbed Boston’s answer to the Ramones – the legendary Dropkick Murphys. This loud, raucous and chaotic seven-piece Celtic punk combo hits the stage with one goal: to play music that creates an all-for-one, one-for-all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and have a good time. Sounds good to us! So let the good times roll with DROPKICK MURPHYS and it did……

The Talent this year was The best Ive seen out a BDO and if this was anything to go by all I can say is ROLL ON 2010……..

hugs xox


  1. sounds like a great time from what I’m reading, I love the way this is written. I wish someone would write this good about the Hollywood Vamires, lol, GG


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