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Big Day Out back to the future

Music fans hankering for a proper Big Day Out got their supersized festival yesterday as around 35,000 people flooded into Claremont Showground for the 20th instalment of the national rock roadshow.

That crowd nearly tripled the official attendance last year, when organisers cut headliner Kanye West and struggled to find a suitable venue.

The Big Day Out bounced back thanks to a bumper bill spearheaded by stadium rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Killers, plus plenty of other overseas acts, including New Yorkers Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend.

A 10pm curfew imposed by Environment Minister Bill Marmion made it a big day but an early night.

An early afternoon treat was Texan blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr, whose girlfriend Perth model Nicole Trunfio was spotted watching his scintillating set on the Green stage. The talented Clark dealt out an authentic blues rock for the young-ish BDO demographic.

Apart from the music, the Big Day Out added value with Mexican wrestlers, the Chow Town gourmet food stalls from Perth's coolest bars and restaurants and the freaky happenings on the Lilypad stage.

Most of the crowd had arrived by the time Vampire Weekend dished up jaunty Afro-pop inspired songs, the perfect summer soundtrack. Grinspoon were right at home on the main stage, delivering a greatest hits set and also a sense of deja vu for older concert-goers who have seen singer Phil Jamieson and company dozens of times.

The big crowd probably means the controversial summer institution will return in 2014, with bands, wrestlers and gourmet tacos in tow.

By 5pm yesterday, police had issued 45 move-on notices. More than 20 people were charged with drug possession.

The West Australian

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