(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – The Big Day Out festival will go ahead in 2006 according to its organizers, despite initial concerns that the entire traveling festival could be shelved if the Melbourne, Australia, leg failed to find a new venue.
Melbourne’s usual location, the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, is currently undergoing redevelopment, and other areas capable of holding up to 40,000 people will be under preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games being held in the city in March.
The Melbourne City Council have approved the temporary placement of the January 29 event for Princes Park in the inner city, with the festival expected to be back at the showground by 2007.
The festival’s organizers released an initial list of performers on October 5th, featuring the White Stripes and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Rock’n’roll favorites Franz Ferdinand and the Kings of Leon will also be on the festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. Other acts slated for the tour include the Mars Volta, AFI, Sleater-Kinney, the Magic Numbers, Soulwax/2MANYDJs, the Living End, Cut Copy, the End Of Fashion, and Youth Group.
“For 2006 we searched the globe for just the right acts to come and hang out with everyone,” festival organizers Ken West and Vivian Lees said in a statement. “It is, after all, the world’s biggest traveling summer camp.” The festival plans to announce additions to the lineup later this year. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers