Big Day Out Closing In

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with an album due soon, are on the Big Day Out bill. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

ATN Australian correspondent Alex Jackson reports: With

the Summersault festival bands barely out of the country, music fans are

gearing up for Australia's original traveling alterna-fest, the Big Day Out.

The festival off in Auckland, New Zealand next Friday (Jan. 19) and starts its

Australian run on Jan. 21 on the Queensland Gold Coast. Although many fans were

disappointed at PJ Harvey's shock withdrawal from the bill due to exhaustion

late last month, there are still plenty of tempting acts on the bill including

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rancid, Porno For Pyros, The Jesus Lizard, Rage

Against The Machine and Elastica, not to mention an array of Australian bands.

And, as ATN has previously reported, Mike Watt will be playing bass in Porno

For Pyros on their Big Day Out dates.