Big Day Out 2013 line-up revealed

We usually have to wait until September to get a look at the Big Day Out line-up for the summer ahead, but this time ‘round the festival is itching to get started early. We already know that 2013 tickets go on-sale on Thursday 19 July, and now comes the all-important line-up reveal for the tour. Ahead of the weekend, inthemix heard from Big Day Out HQ that the bill would feature “six acts playing their first ever Australian shows, close to 30 acts who’ve never played BDO before and at least 16 acts with new albums coming.” After that tantalising number-crunching, here’s the real deal to get stuck into.

The mainstage drawcards are Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers, but as ever there’s a strong dance contingent. As predicted following the teaser by Bob Cornelius Rifo, the Bloody Beetroots will be leading the Boiler Room with an all-new show. After bringing the Death Crew 77 live band to BDO and DJing on the mainstage at Stereosonic 2011, Rifo has something previously unseen planned for 2013. As he exclusively told inthemix today: “I cannot tell you much except that it will be a big step forward. Both musically and theatrically speaking. Having played my songs with Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 and Bloody Beetroots DJ set, I have gained a new vision of the project – a more versatile, more compact, more furious and more dance-inducing vision.”

Along with the Beetroots, the line-up also features another of dance music’s marquee names – U.S. house stadium-filler Kaskade. Currently on the road in North America with his Freaks Of Nature headline tour, the DJ is sure to be polished form by the time our summer rolls around. Australia is one of his favourite destinations, but this will be his first Big Day Out. Also locked on is Dutch big-room player Nicky Romero, whose 2012 has been stellar so far. Romero has proven to be dance music’s go-to-guy in recent years, hooking up in the studio with names like Avicii, David Guetta, Zedd, Fedde Le Grand and Hardwell. Then there’s the Boiler Room bookings of electronic tearaways Crystal Castles, who’ve wowed the tour before, U.S. superstar Pretty Lights, festival-stage specialist Morgan Page and more, so check out the full list below.

Big Day Out 2013 line-up:

Red Hot Chili Peppers (EXCLUSIVE Australian Shows)

The Killers

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Vampire Weekend 

Band Of Horses

The Bloody Beetroots (Live)


Animal Collective


Sleigh Bells


Alabama Shakes


Crystal Castles

Pretty Lights



Against Me!

Gary Clark Jr

Nicky Romero

Morgan Page


Every Time I Die

Delta Spirit

Childish Gambino


Hunting Grounds

Jeff The Brotherhood

Death Grips

Adventure Club

Jagwar Ma

House Vs Hurricane

Avalanche City



Nina Las Vegas

Sampology (AV / DJ Show)

Big Day Out 2013 dates and venues:

Friday 18 January – Showgrounds, Sydney

Sunday 20 January – Parklands, Gold Coast

Friday 25 January – Showgrounds, Adelaide

Saturday 26 January – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Monday 28 January – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth