AJ Maddah has been the bearer of bad news lately, stepping down as BDO director and announcing the cancellation of the Vans Warped Tour Australia.
Promotor AJ Maddah made the Warped Tour announcement on Tuesday night via Twitter, stating only the US version will go ahead. The UK leg has also been cancelled for 2014.
Organisers have stated they couldn’t get a line up together but are “working on being back in Europe 2015”. There has been no explanation offered in regards to the Australian event.
This adds another blow for Aussie festival goers, as Mr Maddah sold his share of Big Day Out to US company C3 Presents, who have confirmed BDO will not return in 2015.
Fairfax Media published a statement from the Austin-based company saying: “C3 Presents is proud to own Big Day Out, one of the most iconic and established festival brands in the world. While we intend to bring back the festival in future years, we can confirm there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015.”
While the company claim to be “excited about the future”, they would not commit to how long the festival would be absent for or if it will run in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, and Auckland.
Jess Ondarchie, a four-time consecutive BDO attendee, told The Newsroom that although she had no plans to attend next year, she “would of checked out the lineup and then made my final decision.”
“The best thing about BDO for me was the variety of acts, they had heaps of genres so I always got to see bands that I liked,” Ms Ondarchie said. – Simone Poole
Top photo of Adelaide BDO from badjonni’s Flickr photostream.