The Big Pineapple Music Festival 2014 lineup is undergoing a re-shuffle as more artists are added to the bill of the Queensland event.

Returning to the iconic tourist attraction this May following its debut last year, the first round of the Big Pineapple Music Festival 2014 lineup was announced in early December, including headliners Bliss N Eso and The Living End, but the event has some unfortunate news as the lineup expands with six more acts.

Brisbane grunge disciples Violent Soho and hip hop outfit Thundamentals have pulled out of the Big Pineapple Music Festival, “due to scheduling outside of the festival and its organisers’ control,” according to a statement from Big Pineapple.

Speaking of their withdrawal from playing the festival, set for Saturday 17th May, Violent Soho say they are “really disappointed,” noting the blame is entirely their own. “Unfortunately a clash of dates with another event has forced us to withdraw from the show,” as a statement from the four-piece explains.

“The festival have been great and the cancellation from the show is through no fault of the promoters or event, so we wish them all the best for the show in 2014 and to all the punters, have a rad time.” Violent Soho, who are set to play the Gold Coast this month as part of the Big Day Out 2014 lineup, also apologised to ticket-holders, adding: “hopefully we can make it up with a return next year.”“…We ourselves are big fans of both acts and it is a pity to see them go although we do wish them all the best.”

Thundamentals offer a similar statement, the Blue Mountains trio saying the fault rests with “previous touring commitments” and not the festival.

“Apologies to all the Thundakats in the Sunshine Coast looking forward to the show, we also want to thank the festival and its organisers for being understanding and they are in no way at fault with the situation,” write Thundamentals. “We hope to make it back to Big Pineapple next year.”

Curiously however, Thundamentals member Brendan Tuckerman will remain part of the Big Pineapple Music Festival 2014 lineup, performing at the one-day event under his Tuka musical guise.

Festival promoter Mark Pico added his “deepest apologies” to ticket-holders, “we ourselves are big fans of both acts and it is a pity to see them go although we do wish them all the best.”

A number of replacement acts have already been organised to fill in for Violent Soho and Thunadmentals, with the additions of Brisbane prog outfit Dead Letter Circus (currently on the road with Karnivool for the national Polymorphism tour) to satisfy the rock fans, as well as Melbourne’s Diafrix to sate the Aussie hip hop contingent.

In addition, Melbourne neo-blues band Lurch & Chief and Queensland locals The Hi-Boys and Hope Springs have been added to the lineup, joining the all-Aussie likes of Spiderbait, Art Vs Science, Peking Duk, Red Coats, Kingfisha, and Alison Wonderland, with more acts promised to be added in the coming weeks.

The Big Pineapple Music Festival will play out across three stages (broken up into main, electronic, and local) to an expected capacity of 13,000, with camping grounds for 2,500 patrons in the lush rainforest surrounds of the tourist market complex.

Last year’s inaugural Big Pineapple – featuring Birds of Tokyo, British India, and Grinspoon – offered a bargain ticket price of $70, managing to sell out its 10,000 ticket capacity and setting up for a huge success in its debut weekend.

However the event did receive some negative feedback over long queues and organisational issues at the bar, irritated festival-goers dubbing the event the ‘Big Line-Apple Music Festival’.

“We miscalculated. We hadn’t dealt with a crowd that big before,” said Mr Pico, admitting there were teething problems with the event’s debut, but having learned from the issues and still anticipates a sell-out despite the increased capacity; “[this] year we’ll be all over it.”

Tickets for the event are still a budget $72 (+b/f) and on sale now.

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Dead Letter Circus
Tuka
Diafrix
Lurch & Chief
The Hi-Boys
Hope Springs

joining the already announced lineup:

Bliss N Eso
The Living End
Art Vs Science
Spiderbait
Violent Soho
Alison Wonderland
Peking Duk
Funkoars
Thundamentals
Red Coats
Hat Fitz & Cara
Kingfisha
Mr Hill & Rahjconkas
Drawcard
Band Of Frequencies
Cheap Fakes
Rattraps
Ribongia
Total Eclipse (UK)
Blackdiamond
Mouvment
The Tea Society
Young Franco
Jasti

+ more to be announced

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2014 Dates, Tickets

Big Pineapple Complex, Nambour Connection Road
Sunshine Coast (1 Hour North Of Brisbane)
Saturday 17th May, 2014

Fully Licensed 18+

Tickets are $72 (+b/f)

Members pre-sale: Friday 6th December 12 noon
General tickets sale: Monday 9th December

Tickets available at: http://www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com/