Blur set to be replaced on the BDO lineup by three new acts

One English act and two American bands are set to be added to the Big Day Out lineup replacing Blur, festival promoter AJ Maddah has revealed in an interview with triple j.

Maddah had hoped to announce all three acts today but has decided to wait until he has all the contracts in hand before making any official announcement. “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,” Maddah explained. “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.”

While he didn’t offer many clues about who the replacements are, Maddah noted that one of the American bands features a guitarist who has had to reschedule TV commitments. When asked is this mystery guitarist was known for not wearing a shirt very often Maddah quickly moved to change the subject. That suggestion appears to suggest that Dave Navarro who is currently tattoo reality show Ink Master is likely to join the Big Day Out with his band Janes Addiction. Maddah also suggested that the English act set to join the lineup is of a similarly nostalgic hue as Blur. “Hopefully overall we’re improved the show and the value of people’s tickets,” Maddah boasted.

Maddah had said that, given the time frame, the BDO team “cast a fairly wide net” in their search for a suitable replacements although he cautioned fans not to expect a massive act to be announced. “Do keep in mind that we are replacing the third band on the bill and not a stadium act,” he tweeted earlier this week.

Big Day Out 2014 lineup:

Pearl Jam

Arcade Fire

Snoop Dogg Aka Snoop Lion

Major Lazer

Steve Angello


The Lumineers


Tame Impala

Vista Chino

Bliss N Eso


The Drones

Mac Miller




The Naked And Famous

Dillon Francis

Toro Y Moi


Portugal. The Man




The 1975


Big Gigantic

Cosmic Psychos

Loon Lake


Bo Ningen


The Algorithm

DZ Deathrays

Peking Duk

Violent Soho

The Jungle Giants

All The Colours

Ben Morris

Big Day Out dates

Friday, January 17 – Western Springs, Auckland

Sunday, January 19 – Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast

Friday, January 24 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Sunday, January 26 – Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney

Friday, January 31 – Bonython Park, Adelaide

Sunday, February 2 – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth