The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Australia’s Big Day Out Festival

The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Australia’s Big Day Out Festival

Much of the news about Australia’s perennially popular Big Day Out Festival released over the last year was concerned with behind the scenes business dealings. So it’s refreshing to see the festival announcing new show rather than canceling them.

Organizers of BDO, as it is often known, announced recently that Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Killers will headline the shows as part of the festival’s five-city national tour in January 2013. Each city will host an all-day concert featuring a slew of popular bands from around the world. The location dates for the 2013 BDO festival are as follows: Sydney, January 18; Gold Coast, January 20; Adelaide, January 25; Melbourne, January 26 and Perth, January 28.

In total, there were 37 acts announced for the tour, and city-specific artists will be added later. Among the notable acts on the tour are Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, B.o.B, Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals, Sleigh Bells, Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark, Jr. Of those groups, more than 20 are scheduled to release albums between now and festival time.

This year’s festival – the 21st installment – will be presented for the first time by Austin, Texas-based festival company C3 Presents. Previously, all BDO festivals had been organized by founders Ken West and Vivian Lees, but Lees left the event after arguments with West early this year. West bought Lees shares of the event, and then sold them to C3 Presents. That company is also responsible for Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits festival.

“The line that’s been drawn very clearly here is to play our own game,” West told Fairfax recently (via “I’ll never go ahead with a show that doesn’t feel right, never again. This is right. This… really feels like a Big Day Out.”

It was previously announced that the Auckland, New Zealand date for the festival – which had been held since 1994 – would not be returning this year.