It was our biggest year to date, cities selling out faster than ever before. Eighteen years since our inception (and, unbelievably, over 100 shows later) 40,000 music fans headed to Perth’s Claremont Showgrounds today, in order to catch the hottest names in music – and bringing the 2010 leg of the BIG DAY OUT to a triumphant close.

Easily one of our most enjoyable years on the road, BDO 2010 proved yet again just why this is Australia’s best-loved and most respected touring music festival. With a line-up that covered all possible music tastes – from hip-hop to metal, indie pop to techno, singer/songwriters to punk rock – the Perth leg of BDO 2010 was no exception. Punters enjoyed a stellar summer’s day, witnessing captivating sets from home-grown heroes and the crème of international talent.

On each stop of the BDO journey we were thrilled to have one of the world’s most dynamic live bands, British trio MUSE, close the Blue Stage. The “Resistance” rockers blew us away with a show nothing short of spectacular, and there was plenty of other highlights we won’t forget anytime soon: the high octane energy of DIZZEE RASCAL; the cheeky pop stylings of LILY ALLEN; the anthemic KASABIAN; the riff-heavy MASTODON; PEACHES walking on the crowd’s hands; new-kids-on-the-block PASSION PIT; FEAR FACTORY’s welcome return; the mash-ups of GIRL TALK; the mesmerising MARS VOLTA; GROOVE ARMADA ending the night in the Boiler Room; plus the sounds of RISE AGAINST, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, DEVENDRA BANHART, THE DECEMBERISTS, CALVIN HARRIS and others.

The BDO has always been about celebrating Australian music, and the breadth of local talent in 2010 was clear: including POWDERFINGER, HILLTOP HOODS, GRINSPOON, LISA MITCHELL, BLUEJUICE‘>BLUEJUICE, MAGIC DIRT, ITCHE-E & SCRATCH-E, TEMPER TRAP, JET and many more.

The PERTH BDO show was a special welcome home for several acts, who took to the stage in front of a home crowd. KARNIVOOL pulled out one of their best sets of the tour, while ESKIMO JOE had fans singing along to every word of “Black Fingernails, Red Wine”. Newcomers TAME IMPALA proved a hot favourite, while over on the Hot Produce Stage ABBE MAY & THE ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA showed off their chops while triple j Unearthed winners EMPERORS kicked off the day.

Lindsay Ford, St John Ambulance Operations Manager, said, “The crowd has been well behaved. Thanks to the weather being kind to us, the number of people needing assistance was down on last year.”

None of these shows could be possible, of course, without the support and encouragement of the BDO audience. Organisers would like to express their thanks to everyone who watched, listened, danced, and laughed during the BIG DAY OUT 2010.