Australia and New Zealand enjoy their summer weather when the nations in the Northern Hemisphere are busy shovelling snow in their winters. The two countries get together to offer one of the area’s biggest annual musical events of the year when the huge touring musical festival known as Big Day Out takes place.

The series of concerts start in Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand for its opening show and then travels over to Australia for three more weekends of performances.

The venues and dates for this year’s Big Day Out sows are Auckland, New Zealand on Fri. Jan. 21st, Gold Coast, Australia on Sun. Jan. 23rd, Sydney, Australia on Wed. Jan. 26th and Thurs.  Jan. 27th, Melbourne, Australia on Sun. Jan. 30th, Adelaide, Australia  on Fri. Feb. 4th and Perth, Australia on  Sun. Feb. 6th.

The annual festival was launched in 1992 and has featured some of the world’s top performers in a variety of music genres. Last year’s shows attracted about 340,000 people in total attendance. This year’s lineup includes performances by Rammstein, Tool, Iggy and the Stooges, Grinderman, M.I.A., Wolfmother, and Birds of Tokyo, and the John Butler Trio.


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