Thursday, 29 September 2011

Big Day Out 2012 line-up announced via Twitter

REFORMED grunge act Soundgarden and hip hop star Kanye West will headline next year's Big Day Out.

The festival, which celebrates its 20th event next year, drip fed announcements of their anniversary line-up on Twitter last night.
Chris Cornell
The confirmations disappointed those expecting rumoured slots from Pearl Jam, Prince, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and the Killers.

Most of the acts were no surprise - British rockers Kasabian, American newcomers Foster the People and US rockers My Chemical Romance were badly kept secrets.

Watch our Big Day Out 2012 playlist below

US DJ Girl Talk, Norweigan dance act Royksopp and homophobic rap crew Odd Future will also perform as well as American bands Best Coast, Cage the Elephant and Battles.

In a random move, skateboard king Tony Hawk will show his skills at the event, held at Flemington Racecourse.

Local acts include The Living End, Boy and Bear, Frenzal Rhomb, Hilltop Hoods, the Jezabels, the Getaway Plan, Parkway Drive and Architecture in Helsinki.

Several of next year’s Big Day Out acts, including Kanye West, Foster the People, the Living End, the Jezabels and Boy and Bear played at the Splendour in the Grass festival in July.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell tours Melbourne next month playing solo and Soundgarden songs acoustically.

The US grunge band, whose hits include Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Rusty Cage and Fell On Black Days, split acrimoniously in 1997 before reforming last year to work on a comeback album.

Melbourne’s Big Day Out tickets will go on sale October 14 in staggered release from 12.01am on and from 9am through Ticketmaster.

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