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Blur pull out of Big Day Out, blame bosses

By | Published on Tuesday 26 November 2013


Blur have thrown a bit of a hissy fit over a planned appearance at Australia’s Big Day Out bash in January, cancelling it because they disapproved of the way the event’s organisers were “shifting goalposts” and making “challenging conditions”.

The band were set to co-headline the festival, which takes place over six Australian cities between 17 Jan and 2 Feb 2014, with Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, but say via Facebook: “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”.

Whether Blur’s comments regards the Aussie fest’s promoters are justified isn’t known, though they do follow other albeit unsubstantiated rumours that issues were occurring behind the scenes at the two decade old event. For their part, “disappointed” Big Day Out bosses claimed they only learnt of the cancellation via Blur’s FB message, adding that they’re now trying to find a replacement.