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Big Day Out music festival goes green

February 21, 2011 - NEW ZEALAND

Lawrence Smallman

Australia and New Zealand's 19th annual Big Day Out travelling festival begins in Auckland - before continuing to the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Half the venues had already sold out by October. The Big Day Out is the first annual music event to offset its carbon footprint, using profits to plant over 6,000 trees in New South Wales. Concert-goers are also offered &lsquogreen tickets' to re-capture the carbon released from their journeys to the venue. Bands and artists appearing include Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother, Primal Scream, Deftones, The Black Keys, Plan B, Airborne, CSS, Lupe Fiasco, MIA, Tool, and Rammstein. Audience numbers are certain to be measured in the tens of thousands. Last year's event involved 700 performers, stage crew and organizers, compared to the 70 who crossed Australia in 1993. Due to increasing popularity of the event, a second Sydney show will be held. (WRITTEN NOV 2010 BY NEWSAHEAD CORRESPONDENT LAWRENCE SMALLMAN)

Official Big Day Out website

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Date written/update: 2011-02-21