Big Day Out 2014 lineup has been announced and as promised by the festival promoters who have been hyping it as “the biggest and best ever”, it’s a mightily impressive list of bands.

Big Day Out CEO Adam Zammit previously stated that “2 of our headliners have never played an Australian festival,” of the Big Day Out 2014 lineup while fellow promoter Ken West added of the festival bill-toppers, “I was hoping for one ‘White Whale’, managed to get two and ended up with three.”

So who’s been harpooned and landed for the Big Day Out 2014 lineup?

The three major headliners for the 2014 edition of the one-day touring event, playing full concert sets, are Pearl Jam, Blur, and Arcade Fire.

Headlining the festival for the first time in a series of exclusive performances, including closing out each of the two Sydney legs with different sets each night is Pearl Jam. The band will arrive off the back of their tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, due October, which kickstarted rumours of an early 2014 visit from the grunge survivors.

Returning to Australia for the first time since 1997, at long last, Blur’s reunion trail checks into Australia. The classic Brtipop group – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree – has even inspired the crafting of a new stage in honour of them, called the Love Stage, where the band will finish with a winning set of classics after Pearl Jam have concluded their set at the Blue Stage. “When you look at the headliners, the second slot, third slot and fourth slot are probably all festival headliners.”

After delivering their anthemic art rock at the 2008 Big Day Out, Canadian collective Arcade Fire return to play the Big Day Out 2014 in their first shows Down Under since releasing 2010’s Grammy award-scooping The Suburbs. They also have a new record in the can, due 29th October, which producer James ‘LCD Soundsystem’ Murphy has been talking up in the press. Arcade Fire will precede Pearl Jam on the Blue Stage.

Beyond the triple threat of the Big Day Out 2014 lineup headliners, the list is as Big Day Out New Zealand promoter Campbell Smith promised: “When you look at the headliners, the second slot, third slot and fourth slot are probably all festival headliners.”

Also announced for the Big Day Out 2014 lineup is rap legend Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), production masters Major Lazer, and rounding out the electronic contingent for the Boiler Room is Sweden’s Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia) and Australia’s own Flume.

International acts include  Toro Y Moi, The Naked And Famous, Mudhhoney, Grouplove, The Lumineers, Mac Miller, Ghost, The 1975, Dillon Francis, DIIV, and the band that jumped the gun ahead of the lineup announcement – Portugal. The Man.

There’s a stack of Aussies on the Big Day Out 2014 lineup, including the psychelicious Tame Impala, Cosmic Psychos, DZ Deathrays, Northlane, Pez, Kingswood, Loon Lake, Rüfüs.

With a diverse mix that runs the gamut from rock to rave, metal to mashup, chill to thrill, and everything in between, you can see why the Big Day Out 2013 lineup managed to win the dogged respect of rival festival promoter AJ Maddah who called it “SUPERB… BDO line-up is truly EPIC.”

Along with the Big Day Out 2014 lineup comes confirmation that the delicious Chow Town, the reinvention of festival food that was launched for Big Day Out’s 21st birthday earlier this year, will be returning for 2014, once again led by culinary geniuses Ben & Elvis (of Porteño/Bodega).

There will also be more Big Day Out 2014 lineup additions and bells and whistles to come, including The Lilypad, special attractions and distractions, while presenting partner MTV has some “very exciting news” in the coming weeks.

Big Day Out 2014 Tickets are $185 each, all inclusive (NO booking fees), while the VIP Like A Boss tickets are $285, offering main stage views, exclusive entry and amenities, souvenir tickets, gifts, and more (full info below).

Tickets will be available for pre-sale in General Pants Co. stores nationally on Thursday 1st August from as early as 7am and Big Day Out Members will have exclusive online access to a pre-sale on Friday 2nd August until Sunday 4th August or when sold out. Head to  or below for more info.

Big Day Out 2014 Lineup

Pearl Jam * Arcade Fire * Blur
Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion * Major Lazer * Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia) * Flume * The Lumineers * Tame Impala * Dillon Francis * Mac Miller * Ghost * Grouplove * Flosstradamus * Portugal. The Man * Toro Y Moi * DIIV * The Naked And Famous * Big Gigantic * PEZ * Mudhoney * Cosmic Psychos * Northlane * The 1975 * Loon Lake * Kingswood * Bo Ningen * The Algorithm * DZ Deathrays * Peking Duk * Ben Morris * Rüfüs
and more to be announced…

Big Day Out 2014 Dates & Venues

Friday 17th January ~ Western Springs, Auckland*
Sunday 19th January ~ Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast
Friday 24th January ~ Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Sunday 26th January ~ Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Day One
Monday 27th January ~ Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Day Two
Friday 31st January ~ Bonython Park, Adelaide**
Sunday 2nd February ~ Claremont Showgrounds, Perth**

*For New Zealand Big Day Out 2014 lineup and ticketing details, please refer to and choose AUCKLAND

**Subject to council approval

Big Day Out 2014 Tickets

Genearl Admission tickets: $185 (NO added booking fees and no sneaky surcharges)

Like A Boss Tickets: $285
In 2014 the new and improved Like A Boss will include Boss main stage viewing areas, Boss entryways, Boss amenities, Boss gifts and Boss more. All Boss tickets are souvenir tickets, and include a limited edition Boss Day Out item straight to your real mailbox.

Exclusive pre-sale souvenir tickets are available from all General Pants Co. stores nationally as of Thursday August 1 from as early as 7am. Check for your local store trading hours.

Big Day Out Members have access to an exclusive online pre-sale on Friday August 2nd. To be eligible, sign up at before 3pm Thursday 1st August 2013 – members sale closes 9am Sunday 4th August or when sold out

Gold Coast: 9am (local time) Wednesday 7 August
Sydney (both shows): 9am (local time) Thursday 8 August
Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth: 9am (local time) Friday August 9

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