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British invasion at Big Day Out

Lily Allen.
Lily Allen. DAVID NIELSEN

TO PICK a standout performance of the Gold Coast 2010 Big Day Out is near impossible as the Brit-dominated line-up was an assault of one great feat after the other.

English hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal dominated the main stage. Many braved the heat to watch the rapper belt out his hits such as Holiday and Flex.

Rascal was one man on a mammoth stage but he still managed to fill the venue with his high-energy beats, ripping the crowd apart with his innovative lyrics.

However the set was most memorable for Dizzee’s altercation with a crowd member after being struck on the eye with a pocket-sized deodorant stick.

Dizzee ripped off his shirt and leapt straight off the stage with security guards scrambling to control the situation.

Dizzee returned with the cheers from the crowd finishing his set with the much-anticipated Bonkers, the perfect end to a rocky set.

English indie rockers Kasabian also had a main stage early slot, but this didn’t stop them producing a thumping onslaught of guitar and soaring vocals.

Big Day Out virgins, Kasabian still managed to pull a massive crowd, with the sea of punters singing along to classics such as Club Foot and Empire. Their recent heavy hit Fire was the much-anticipated climax.

It was Lily Allen’s second year at Big Day Out but this time she took over the main stage.

Although given a later time slot, there were still whispers as to how the indie pop mistress would hold up on such a large platform.

But her entrance in her black one-piece, minus pants, and opening with her own brand of unabashed banter “I’m sorry in the front row there if you can see my pubes,” threw all doubts aside.

A play list which took songs from her new album, It’s Just Not Fair, saw even the manliest of men singing along loudly.

The Fear was also a welcome yet predictable addition. More of a slow clap singalong, it was well placed earlier in the set. But the opening piano chords to her hit F**k You from an earlier album whipped up a vocal frenzy and had people singing along en masse.

The track, an obvious pleaser, exhibits the sugar and sweet princess’s cheekier side, clearly one the crowd enjoyed.

Allen finished her set with a diva-like cover of Brittany Spears’ Womaniser. The British starlet belted out the pop hit playing up to the pop princess stereotype with a tongue in cheek attitude, and proving to be very memorable.

British electronica-cum-classical rock music maestros Muse were another standout of the night. They were rumoured to have spent the day at the beach before turning up for their closing set, perfectly rounding off a brilliantly British Big Day Out.



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