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Big Day Out 2014 Attendance Plummets, What Now For 2015?

Big Day Out 2014

It's a bird. It's a plane. Oh no, that's just the Big Day Out attendance figures plummeting from the sky. 

The estimated attendance figures for the 2014 Big Day Out have been unearthed and they're significantly lower than the festivals previous years. 

Reports and statistics taken from mainstream press and the Twitter account of Big Day Out co-promoter AJ Maddah suggest that only 130,000 fans attended the 2014 festival tour in Australia. Although a Fairfax investigation into the event finances suggest that only 110,000 actually attended. 

The Auckland leg of the festival tour is thought to be the most successful with approximately 33,000 to 47,000 fans attending. Whereas, in Australia the best attended event was in Sydney where approximately 27,000 to 35,000 fans attended. Perth was the biggest disappointment, as fan attendance was around 19,000, as opposed to the 35,000 in 2013.  

Maddah cited high transport costs and interference from local government officials as the reason for poor attendance in Perth and has stated that the festival won't be returning to WA in 2015. The poor attendance of only 15,000 in Adelaide for 2014 has also caused doubts to be cast over the future of the festival in SA.  

The biggest and most successful Big Day Out festival tour was in 2010 with over 337,000 fans attending throughout Australia. The massive headliners Muse, Powderfinger and The Mars Volta are thought to be the reason for such strong attendance. 

Big Day Out estimated attendance figures:

Gold Coast:
2014 – Between 23,000 and 35,000
2013 – Nearly 40,000
2012 – 40,000+
2011 – 50,000

Sydney:
2014 – Between 27,000 and 35,000
2013 – 57,000
2012 – 47,000
2011 – 74,000 (Over two days)

Melbourne:
2014 – 26,000
2013 – Over 50,000
2012 – 42,000
2011 – 52,000

Adelaide:
2014 – 15,000
2013 – More than 19,000
2012 – 12,000
2011 – 30,000+

Perth:
2014 – 19,000
2013 – Around 35,000
2012 – 12,000
2011 – 35,000

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