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Final Acts Announced for 2007 Event

Big Day Out
January 19th 2007, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Final Acts Announced for 2007 Event

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The BIG DAY OUT is almost upon us and we are very excited to announce the third round of touring and local additions to the 2007 summer series!

THE VINES have come a long way since the early days of belting out Nirvana covers at suburban house parties. Garnering world-wide attention for their debut Highly Evolved, THE VINES have returned to prove they’ve got something more to offer than flannel-clad angst. Their highly anticipated third album, Vision Valley released in 2006 showcases a spectacular return to form. Don’t miss THE VINES’ highly evolved, eclectic hybrid of grungy, garage rock swagger, '60s psych, and '70s pop at a BIG DAY OUT near you this summer.

For a change of pace, listen up for the wisdom of the Jah Messenger, the reggae master, LUCIANO (Jamaica) at the BIG DAY OUT. Renowned worldwide for his rasta message of love and peace set to irresistible melodies and mellow, soulful vocals, LUCIANO will tantalize fans with his wit, charisma and good-lovin reggae vibes.

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for their second and latest album, The Warning, electro-funkers, HOT CHIP (UK) are Londoners Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Al Doyle, Owen Clarke and Felix Martin. After dropping their debut album Coming on Strong in 2004, HOT CHIP took the great leap with their follow up, which NME called “the finest album of electronic rock since Mylo’s Destroy Rock & Roll.” It’s impossible not to love their wry, mad-scientist approach to music and anyone lucky enough to catch HOT CHIP this summer is in for a tasty treat.

BIG DAY OUT also welcomes THAT 1 GUY, (a.k.a Mike Silverman) (USA), a one-man band straight outta your imagination who plays a home made, seven foot tall, metallic Magic Pipe which he claims has a limitless harmonic, sonic and rhythmic range. Be prepared for an infectious and wildly innovative show, twisting up some funky bass-n-drum grooves to get you nodding your head and shifting your weight from one foot to the other at the BDO.

Power pop rockers ELEMENO P have topped the charts with two singles-packed albums, Love and Disrespect and Trouble In Paradise. Livewire frontman Dave Gibson and his ciggy-charred vocals sit on top of one of the punchiest live bands in New Zealand. Elemeno P have toured right around Australia with rising stars End of Fashion and Neon and their chart success has kept them busy touring New Zealand.

DIE! DIE! DIE! are the hardest touring band in NZ right now, these young noiseniks have brutalised audiences all around the world with their bluesy art-punk in the past two years – inflicting themselves on Aussie audiences alone a remarkable seven times in that period. They’ve recorded an album in Chicago with Steve Albini and will be back out on the road throughout 2007. Precision drilling of unwary eardrums a speciality.

There are many DJs in New Zealand, but none with the combination of skill and musical knowledge of DJ SIR-VERE. A hip hop pioneer, he's always been at the forefront of the movement, learning tricks of the trade from the likes of Grandmaster Flash. Now master of his art, Sir-Vere will take you on a hip hop journey serving up one hell of a block-rockin’ show for fans at the BDO.
Swampy, stompy, back-breakin', molar-shakin' and channelling the spirit of late 60s/early 70s rock, Auckland's THE ROCK AND ROLL MACHINE sprang to life late in 1999. They made their debut clambering all over the stage and PA stack in support of The D4 and caused an immediate sensation with their primal rhythms, wailing psychedelic guitar. Since then, they’ve released a pile of vinyl records and just recently a full-length album as well as touring with The White Stripes and supportingthe likes of Guitar Wolf, the MC5, The Dirt Bombs and their all-time heroes Dead Moon.

Chris Knox, the 53 year-old spiritual godfather of the DIY scene has not fronted a proper band since Toy Love strode the stage in 1980. He spent 25 years between then and now recording at home, solo and as a member of the wonderfully weird duo Tal Dwarfs, until last year going into a proper studio to make a record with a (kind of) regular band. And so we have CHRIS KNOX AND THE NOTHING – a high spirited romp through one of the great musical songbooks with the most idiosyncratically talented frontman NZ has ever produced. We don’t hand out legendary status lightly, but Chris Knox has deserved his a hundred times over.

THE HAVE have been having a good time since the day in 2002 that they stumbled out of school and straight into a tour van. And now at the ripe old age of 21, the quartet have got a debut album in the can called 'Back To The Burning Wreck'’, packed with dense blues-rock riffage and stomping tunes. They’ve just accepted their third invitation to South By Southwest, having made the UK magazine Music Week’s “best of sxsw” cd in 2002 and returned to Austin in 2005.

SJD produces disarming music uninterested in high-octane dance-floor posturing, opting instead for beautiful melodies that move you in a decidedly more sublime manner. This said, SJD dancefloors are regularly filled with sleepy legs swinging into movement in a well-contented shuffle. The lovechild of Sean James Donnelly, SJD’s haunting melodies and beautifully crafted songs, demonstrate the full musical scope of electronica over two brilliant albums on Auckland’s Round trip Mars label with a third being readied for March 07 release.

Long-standing regulars on the NZ hip-hop scene, 4 CORNERS formed in 1998 when MCs, Koma and Hepaklypz joined forces with DJ Omega B. 4 Corners’ album ”The Foundations” was released July 2006 and featured vocal collaborations with many stars of the Aotearoa Hip-hop scene including Che Fu, Ladi 6, Tyra Hammond, Maia Rata along with beats from P-Money, DJ Militia, Fire and Ice and DJ Ali. Their latest single has just been released and ‘Now I Know’ features Ladi 6.

Unpretentiously brilliant indie guitar slingers VOOM have been plying their trade in gorgeous pop songwriting since the early ‘90s when songs like Beth, Relax, Sad Surf Scenario made them regular hitmakers on New Zealand student radio. Who knows where they went in the meantime, but Voom came wondering back out of the West Coast bush this year with twigs in their jumpers and a tremendous second album ‘hello, are you there?’ on the staunch little indie L’il Chief Records. The album is a collection of heart-warming love ballads and toe tapping pop gems. A distinctly kiwi record full of insightful songs about love lost and found, we love it big time.

THE TUESDAYS winning ways with a snappy tune and a classic two-girl-two-boy line-up have sent them charging up the bnet charts with every release. A bit of classic rock chug sits underneath the roar of full-throated pop songs throughout their set and makes this young Auckland outfit our preferred band of the week. And don’t even imagine that it was a close battle with the Sundays.

The NORTH SHORE PONY CLUB are a genre bending block party band who busted down from the over ground at the beginning of 2005. Disillusioned by the chic rock and glam-hop currently smearing the face of popular music, the North Shore Pony Club are here to pour accelerant onto the smouldering embers of dance culture. As a couple of kids reared on 80's pop sophistication, their music is an amalgamation of black gold and white trash mixed up in a bastard disco blender or you can call it electro/club/rock. Mash it up big time styles and serve it with fries, bitches.

KORA are a band with huge live presence - their vocal harmonies sail on a muscular free-spirited rhythm section that smokes trees in the reggae/roots/dub stylee and isn’t afraid to biff some hard rock stylistics into the mix as well. The unity in their sound is all the more powerful due to four of the five band members being actual brothers. After topping New Zealand’s alternative radio charts with their debut single “Politician” Kora unleashed a Gold-selling EP, Volume in late 2004. This deeply soulful roots outfit have developed into one of the most exciting live bands in NZ.

SUICIDE DOGS are a straight-up punk rock band based in Auckland city. Formed from members of Auckland scene stalwarts Cinix and Graveyard Rumble in late 2004, the band have gone on to quickly establish a support base in and around Auckland central. Suicide Dogs have an album due for release Nov 2006. .During the first world war the allies apparently employed a bold tactic to destroy german tanks.... dogs carrying explosives strapped to their backs! This manoeuvre wasn’t always successful in destroying tanks and the dogs were invariably killed. Being punks from small towns all over New Zealand, Suicide Dogs tell us can identify with the feeling of fighting a battle that seems impossible to win...

South Auckand hip-hop crew SMASHPROOF are led by chart-topping MC, Tyree. Their first mixtape "Tales of the Southside" featured remixes which Tyree completed for New York record labels SRC and Ruff Ryders and was hosted by Akon. They have a debut album coming on Move The Crowd in 2007 with contributions from Akon and Nina Sky, as well as Move The Crowd’s Ethical, Mr Sicc and Phrase. Young MC ETHICAL joins Smashproof on the Big Day Out stage. Coming out of the Breakin Wreckwordz camp, Ethical’s quickfire flow and clarity of tone has seen him battle his way to the forefront of local MC culture and set himself up for an exciting year ahead.
Garage power-poppers THE DEMI WHORES emerged in 2001 from a cave located somewhere out in deepest, darkest West Auckland, bursting onto the scene when garage rock ruled supreme. Their latest single “Coffin Car” has hit number two on the BFM chart and their brilliantly titled “Title is Untitled” is up for Rock Song of the Year at the Bnets this weekend.

The poster boys for what Polynesian flavas can bring to hip-hop culture, NESIAN MYSTIK’s two albums and numerous hits have made them one of the most popular groups in the country over the past four years. Blending their Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island/Aitutaki backgrounds into a huge ball of over-talented, quickwitted musicality, their combination of rap, soulful harmonies, scratching and acoustic guitar has become a signature for their success.

BULLETPROOF (Aka Jay Cyanide) holds the reputation for being one of Australasia's fiercest drum’n’bass selectors. With an onslaught of new remixes and collaborations lining the crates of the scene’s finest, and a record of many of his best works being released on Concord Dawn's Uprising label, Bulletproof is getting ready for another round of dates locked in for 2007....

22-year-old hip-hop DJ D-FORM currently plays to capacity crowds every Saturday at Auckland's premier hip hop club 4:20 and appears regularly onstage and in the studio with many of the hottest MCs in town.

Take no prisoners juggernaught THE LARRY NORMANS have been spilling their heavy rock riffs and hard-liquor-only riders all over stages throughout New Zealand’s North Island in the two years they’ve spent careering from one drunken mishap to the next. Their just-released debut album shows a filthy rock substance underpins all that abuse though and the Larry Normans will burn brightly as always at Big Day Out 07.

The D4 will be sadly missed but the good news for all fans of great rock’n’roll is that frontman Jimmy Christmas is all ready to testify in his great new band, THE DEFENDANTS. They’ve been mixing it up in some of Auckland’s lowest rock dives over the past few months and Jimmy’s ready to hit the stage and open the Big Day Out’s Essential Stage with a set of hot new songs.

ILL SEMANTICS have just dropped their second album “Good Musik” and it’s further proof that they are on top of their game and one of New Zealand’s most consistent hip hop groups. Ten years down the line, Ill Semantics are stalwarts on the Dawn Raid scene and the album features a whole host of guests turning up this time round, including Dawn Raid favourites Aradhna and Adeaze, as well as Tommy Stowers and new R&B crooner Lemuel, who stars on first single, On & On.

We bring the fourth corner of hip-hop culture to the Auckland Big Day Out in full effect when leading local graffiti art collective and hip-hop company DISRUPTIV add their artistic flair to the event with world champion Askew and Pest5 of TMD crew creating artwork on the day. Disruptiv started as the country’s first professional aerosol art business, and has grown into a multi-media hip-hop agency running New Zealand’s only dedicated hop-hop and street art space Disrupt Gallery on Auckland’s K-Road. They’ll be packing their cans and bringing a new live visual element to the stadium. And of course we will have 0800 GraffitiGuard on call the following day.

Still to come – all the fun and madness you’ve come to expect from the LILYWORLD crew plus all the weird and wonderful artistic and visual attractions to be found amongst the carnival action.

The full line-up for the 2007 Big Day Out in Auckland is Tool, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Muse, Lily Allen, Violent Femmes, Jet, Scribe, Lupe Fiasco, Kasabian, The Crystal Method DJs, The Streets, Evermore, Dimmer, Blindspott, The Vines, Peaches and Herms, Deceptikonz, Shapeshifter, Goodnight Nurse, , DJ Sir-Vere, John Butler Trio, The Veils, Eskimo Joe, Spank Rock, The Tutts, The Mint Chicks, Diplo, Trivium, Hot Chip, Luciano, That 1 Guy, David Kilgour, PNC, Justice, The Presets, Minuit, Opensouls, Shaky Hands, Jakob, Sinate, The Rabble, Afra & the Incredible Beatbox Band, Little Birdy, John Cooper Clarke, Elemeno P, Die! Die! Die!, The Tuesdays, The Rock and Roll Machine, The Have, SJD, Chris Knox & the Nothing, 4 Corners, Voom, Kora, Suicide Dogs, North Shore Pony Club, Smashproof and Ethical, Nesian Mystik, Bulletproof, Ill Semantics, The Demi Whores, The Larry Normans, The Defendants, D-Form, Disruptiv Live Art

The Big Day Out, Mt Smart Stadium, 19th January 2007


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