Today appeared to be National Festival Announcement Day, with The Big Day Out, Golden Plains and Laneway revealing details about their line-ups.
Big Day Out announced their line-up in the ever annoying drip-feed style over two days. 17 of the acts were announced last night on twitter, with the three headliners announced on Triple J’s breakfast show.
With rumours ranging from Radiohead to Pearl Jam expectations were very high for next year’s line up. The Big Day Out’s website also featured past line-up which created a sense of anticipation. After all, it is the 20th anniversary.
Instead the line-up was mediocre at best. While Kanye West as a headliner is completely awesome the line-up features more of the same recycled acts. The Australian acts are great, but you can see them at least once a year anyway. Also, My Chemical Romance? I wasn’t aware this was 2006.
My Chemical Romance
The Living End
Boy and Bear
Mariachi El Bronx
Architecture In Helsinki
The Getaway Plan
Cage The Elephant
Foster The People
Golden Plains announced two acts that would be appearing at this years festival, and already their line-up is a million times better than The Big Day Out’s. The acts are:
The full line-up will be announced in two weeks and since every hipster and his dog will want to go, it’s best to enter the ballot.
Today Laneway announced that the 2012 festival will have 26 international acts and at least six female fronted bands or solo artists. Hopefully this means the Feist and Laura Marling rumours are true.
The Dean Turner stage has been created as a permanent addiction to the festival as a tribute to the Magic Dirt bass player who lost his battle with cancer in 2009.
Festival-goers will have the option to donate $2.60 to the Yiriman Project when they buy their tickets. The charity assists young indigenous people at risk.