Auckland 20 January, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Well, the 2012 BDO turned out to be the final Auckland one as the economics of the event were no longer there. The immediate response to that was book better bands.....
This year the BDO organisers changed things up by reducing the main stages to only one with a second, smaller stage for 'in between' acts. This was an epic fail and totally ruined the feel and vibe of the event when compared to past years. Living End aside, there were no truly quality bands until Kasabian, Soundgarden and Noel Gallagher made their mark on the day. This is not to say other bands like Cage the Elephant weren't great, it was more of where's the bands like New Order, Placebo, Rage Against the Machine, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails also on the set to support Soundgarden on the mainstage??
Here's my thoughts on the bands I saw: