Three new acts to replace Blur at Big Day Out 2014
While we still have to wait until next week to get confirmation on exactly who these three mystery bands are, Maddah shared that contracts are in hands.
“The UK band dutifully came through with their paperwork and contract. And one of the US bands [did the same] but the second one basically pissed off for Thanksgiving weekend without sending us their contracts,” he told the radio station, according to In The Mix.
“So we’ll have to hold to Monday night our time to get it up. We don’t want to leave anything to chance at this point.”
AJ added: “Hopefully overall we’ve improved the show and the value of people’s tickets.”
Earlier in the week, the vocal social networker cautioned fans that Blur’s replacement wouldn’t necessarily be a massive name, tweeting: “Do keep in mind that we are placing the third act on the bill and not a stadium act.”
Last weekend, Blur made the announcement via Facebook that they would no longer be heading Down Under to play Big Day Out, telling fans they were “devastated” to have to cancel their set.
“Devastated to report that Blur won't be performing at BDO in 2014. It’s a shock that it has come to this,” read a statement posted to Blur’s Facebook page on Sunday morning.
“Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can't let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won't be there.
“We've done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they’ve let us down and let everyone else down too.”
The announcement came as a shock to festival organisers, who reassured fans that they were working quickly to confirm a replacement for the iconic UK rockers.
Big Day Out 2014 Dates:
AUCKLAND – Western Springs Stadium – January 17
GOLD COAST – Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands – January 19
MELBOURNE – Flemington Racecourse – January 24
SYDNEY – Sydney Showgrounds – January 26
ADELAIDE – Bonython Park – January 31
PERTH – Claremont Showgrounds – February 2
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