Big Day Out to stay on Gold Coast

11 Jan 2013 3:24 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, January 11, 2013

One of Queensland’s most popular music festivals, Big Day Out (BDO), will stay on the Gold Coast for at least the next five years following today’s agreement between the State Government and BDO.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the event’s organisers had accepted an offer of support from the Newman Government to help relocate to another venue on the Gold Coast.

“This agreement lays to rest any speculation about the future of the Big Day Out not remaining on the Gold Coast,” Ms Stuckey said.

“From day one I adopted an inclusive, open door approach with Big Day Out organisers and other Parklands users.

“My department has worked closely with the event’s chief executive Adam Zammit to keep the event on the Gold Coast, and today’s decision will let him proceed with selecting and securing a site for next year’s festival.”

“We are relieved to have found a successful resolution with the Minister, who has worked tirelessly over the last few months to ensure Big Day Out stays on the Gold Coast,” Mr Zammit said.

“We hope to secure and announce a new location on the Gold Coast very soon.”

Ms Stuckey said more than 45,000 people were expected to attend this year’s festival which would be held next Sunday.

“The Big Day Out is a major event for the Gold Coast, attracting visitors from throughout Queensland and interstate and I am very pleased to see it stay on the Gold Coast,” she said.

[ENDS] 11 January 2013