The Big Day Out has commenced the East Coast leg of its tour with Auckland, The Gold Coast and two massive Sydney shows done and dusted. Here are some of our favourite moments so far…
Lily Allen turned up at the Friday Sydney show, in what was probably a meager attempt to escape the 40 degree heat, sans pants. The British singer has had her fair share of sartorial mishaps and triumphs over the years but her kaftan and leopard print underwear ensemble garnered attention for all the wrong reasons.
Lisa Mitchell opened on the Green Stage making her the first, and probably last, Australian Idol contestant to be invited to play at the festival. She urged the crowd not to throw coins on state while she played her hit ‘Coin Laundry’ yet was forced to stop after one verse when a drunk punter did exactly that. Earlier in the week, at the Gold Coast show, Dizzee Rascal also stopped mid-way through his set after a punter threw a deodorant canister at him. Dizzee went down to the crowd and tried to bash the culprit before security guards forced him back on stage. He is evidently still a little revved up over the incident, with the topic being off limits for all of his upcoming interviews.
Muse were joined on stage by Nic Cester, of garage revivalists Jet, for a token rendition of AC/DC’s Back in Black. Their set was followed by a fireworks display to mark the 100th Big Day Out ever. Organisers are doubtful they will be receiving a letter from the Queen any time soon.
Big Day Out continues around the country, with the Melbourne show on tomorrow. Maybe Lily will don an Australian flag (and nothing else…) for the event.