Big Day Out Blues

This Saturday I’ll be attending the Big Day Out in Melbourne and I’m frightened Aunty Em.  The last Big Day Out I attended was in 1999 and things were already beginning to change.  Fifty-two thousand people is a sold-out show now – that is a lot of bodies – and something tells me we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Band t-shirt anyone?

Band t-shirt anyone?

We weren’t particularly jingoist in our Australia Day celebrations that a promoter sought to ban our flag back then.  The advent of digital music and the subsequent arrival of brands at the Big Day Out didn’t happen until after 1999 and that’s very much going against the grain of the music I listened to in the 1990’s.  The only tits I remember were Courtney Love’s.  It’s a whole new world to inhabit.

Watching this video about the attempted ban of the Australian flag in 2007, I think freedom of expression and being proud of our country is a beautiful thing but the “burgeoning yob factor” was definitely a small reason why I stopped going.  Did you know Australia Day is the worst public holiday for violent assaults?  I didn’t bat an eyelid either.

All this reflection is fine but really, it’s only making me guilty of the very thing I’m getting antsy about and that’s forgetting about the music.  I’ve been buoyed by reviews that describe this year’s atmosphere as a cool, music enthusiast crowd.  My sister informs me I’ll be surprised and I’m ready to be surprised.  I’m too old for mosh-pits, experimentation and queues.  I’ve lost much of the cynicism of my youth and I’m looking forward to a child-free day out but please PLEASE don’t wave your flag cape in my face.

Have you been to a Big Day Out recently?


  1. says

    Last one I went to was in 2009 I think and it was stinking hot, like 42 degrees hot. But apart from that it was actually not too bad, despite the fact that all the bands I wanted to see where different to the ones my friends wanted to see and of course on at the same time. So I spent much of the time alone but it was great because I was able to just enjoy the music and really get in to it.

  2. says

    We last went in 2011, I was pregnant and Ty had a foot injury so we were very much not mobile. Anyway I found it still enjoyable by going to a lot of the smaller stage events, there wasn’t too much of the yob factor surprisingly but possibly because we were away from the bigger concentration of people?

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