Big Day Out is Big Success

It may have been a gloomy day on the Gold Coast but that didnt stop music fans enjoying the opening Australian leg of the Big Day Out.

Taking a leaf out of the crowds of British Festivals like Glastonbury and Bestival, 55,000 people ignored the dark clouds and partied hard.

With a line-up that comprised of band of the moment the Ting-Tings, Sneaky Sound System and 63 year old Neil Young, festival goers were bound to be a mixed bunch.

Aussie band Pendulum who now reside in the UK were one of the acts to pull in a big crowd for their set.

Brit bands Arctic Monkeys and Hot Chip were also received particularly well at the music festival on the Gold Coast.

Big Day Out was an interesting test as to how music festivals will be affected by the present economic climate. Will music fans still be able to afford the cost of a weekend spent in a field spend watching their favourite bands?

Co-producer of the festival Viv Lees said: "I don't think Australia has really felt the brunt of it at this stage.

"The music business is definitely going to slow down a bit ... so we can probably expect next year the money might get a bit tighter and we might have to make some plans to compete a little bit more effectively."

The Australian dollar is currently in a fairly weak state and there were fears overseas acts would abandon touring down under during the credit crunch.

But Mr Lees doubted it would have a lasting effect on the Big Day Out.

"We've got a lot of confidence that the sky isn't going to fall in, but it'll be a challenge.

"Bands are more and more dependent on their live work because of recording and publishing royalties changes... so it doesn't mean we can't put on a fantastic show."

The sell-out crowd proved that not only would the dark clouds not keep them from having fun but the gloomy economic forecast would certainly not get in their way.

In fact, if we all book our festival tickets, we can actually help in fighting the credit crunch.

Accommodation alone brought in a massive $15 million boost to the Gold Coast economy. What better excuse to start looking into your music festival options for 2009?

With the largest Gold Coast Big Day Out crowd ever, came an increased police presence. Drug squad officers and sniffer dogs searched music fans inside and outside the Parklands venue.

Area operations co-ordinator Andy Panes said most revellers had managed to stay safe, with no major medical incidents reported.

The Big Day Out is one of Australias best music festivals. It is now in its seventh year and is held in cities across the country.

It has been host to some of the worlds best rock bands. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Metallica have all played the festival.

Did you go to the Gold Coasts Big Day Out? Or have you been to one in the past? Let us know what you thought of this year's line-up.

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