ME AND MY FRIENDS: Singer Anthony Kiedis (centre) of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who headline Big Day Out 2013 alongside The Killers, bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary (left) and drummer Chad Smith (right) perform onstage during their concert at the E-Werk in Cologne, Germany.
ME AND MY FRIENDS: Singer Anthony Kiedis (centre) of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who headline Big Day Out 2013 alongside The Killers, bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary (left) and drummer Chad Smith (right) perform onstage during their concert at the E-Werk in Cologne, Germany.

Its still cracking

IT'S not too hard to figure out why some bands end up on a festival line-up.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend are proven festival performers, plus they all have new music coming out this year, or early in the new year.

But if you looked at the Big Day Out 2013 line-up and thought, "why do I want to see these bands?", here is your answer.

From the bottom.

Morgan Page is a Grammy-nominated record producer and DJ. This year he sits alongside Deadmau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Afrojack on the EDM line-up and is spending much of his time in Las Vegas's biggest venues. He's kind of a big deal in house music and radio friendly pop.

Nicky Romero; the Dutch producer who you've probably noticed on that track with that guy, you know, David Guetta; Wild One Two alongside Aussie singer Sia. He also has a few tracks coming out with Calvin Harris, Axwell and NERVO. More pop-tastic dance music here.

Pretty Lights is Derek Vincent Smith, a DJ out of Colorado who brings elements/samples of hip-hop, soul and funk to his electro beats. The result is at times glitchy, but others it's a smooth ride through '70s- influenced house.

Adventure Club, dubstep out of Montreal with a heavy American rap element. Not too heavy on the crunk and very accessible.

Gary Clark Jr adds the soul to the Big Day Out and from all reports the Austin bluesman is one heck of a guitarist, impressing crowds at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival where he was the only newcomer.

Death Grips picks up where Odd Future left off at this year's festival, intense, dark and at times creepy rap.

Donald Glover, or Childish Gambino as the line-up states, was a writer on 30 Rock, or Troy Barnes on Community, his rap is as smart as he is, and hence not to miss.

House Vs Hurricane, post-hardcore, Off!, hardcore punk band out of LA, Jeff The Brotherhood, straight up rock'n'roll.

There's plenty of triple j fodder with Foals, Sleigh Bells, Jagwar Ma, The Bloody Beetroots, 360 and Band Of Horses.

That's what Big Day Out still does well. Mixes genres, keeps up-to-date, delivers proven festival favourites.



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