Limp Bizkit, PJ Harvey, and Roni Size & Reprazent are among the acts heading to the land down under in January and February as part of the "Big Day Out" festival tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Rammstein, Carl Cox, and Placebo have also been confirmed for "Big Day Out," which kicks off on January 19 in Auckland, New Zealand and ends with a February 4 concert in Perth, Australia.
In addition to the international acts, Aussie faves such as The Go-Betweens, Killing Heidi, Powderfinger, and 28 Days have also signed on for the trek, with additional artists expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
The tour tends to be a favorite of U.S. and European artists because of the brief respite it provides from the dropping mercury back home, as "Big Day Out" falls in the middle of the summer season for Australia and New Zealand.
The relaxed scheduling of the "Big Day Out" shows is also a big attraction, and past artists have told MTV News
that the outing has unofficially been dubbed the "Big Day Off" by those gracing the stage.
Next year's "Big Day Out" is currently scheduled to play only six concerts over a 17-day stretch, with the built in "dark" days needed in order to move the necessary stage gear and equipment from city to city across Australia's expansive geography.
For more information and updates regarding "Big Day Out," check out the festival's official Web site at www.bigdayout.com.
Dates and cities for "Big Day Out" 2001:
- 1/19 - Auckland, NZ @ Ericcson Stadium
- 1/21 - Gold Coast, AU @ Parklands
- 1/26 - Sydney, AU @ Showground
- 1/28 - Melbourne, AU @ RAS Showgrounds
- 2/2 - Adelaide, AU @ HS Showgrounds
- 2/4 - Perth, AU @ Basseddean Oval