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Following 2007's sell-out in Auckland, the 2008 Big Day Out promises to be one of the best music festivals we've ever seen, as well as one of the biggest.
Reunited political rockers Rage Against The Machine return to the stage they graced eleven years ago, where they'll joined by more legends from the alternative music universe including Icelandic genius Bjork, and Arcade Fire, the biggest indie rock act in the world, alongside the UK's grime hip-hop sensation Dizzee Rascal, American electro-racketeers LCD Sound System, local heroes Shihad, Phoenix Foundation, Katchafire and many more to be announced.
Throw in the traditional crowd-pleasing oldies (this year we welcome the original bard of Barking, Billy Bragg, and mighty Aussie storyteller Paul Kelly), a smattering of returning kiwi greats like The Clean and something interesting from Australia (be sure to check out the Hilltop Hoods) and a heavyweight line-up that will be added to in two further announcements... and you have a magical Big Day Out brew.
Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Shihad, LCD Sound System, Dizzee Rascal, Billy Bragg, The Clean, Katchafire, The Phoenix Foundation, SJD, Grinspoon, Cut Off Your Hands, Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly, Battles, Young Sid, Antagonist, Motocade and White Birds & Lemons.
Unkle (live), Spoon, Scribe, Supergroove, Carl Cox, Krafty Kuts and MC Dynamite, Bleeders, Anti-flag, The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello acoustic), Tiki Taane, Dr Octagon with Kutmaster Kurt, Liam Finn, Kate Nash, Op Shop, Pluto, Die! Die! Die!, Havoc, Collapsing Cities, Enter Shikari, Operator Please, Shy Child, Brand New, Damn Native, The Checks and Aceyalone.
Shocking Pink, Missing Teeth, Battle Circus, Surf City, Dick "Magik" Johnsons, False Start, All Left Out, The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society, The Electric Confectionaires, Kerreta, The Lookie Loos, Pig Out, Solstate, The Exiles
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