Who will we see in the Big Day Out 2013 Boiler Room?

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UPDATE: ITM has just been given this piece of info from Big Day Out HQ to get you guessing for the announcement. The line-up will include: “6 acts playing their first ever Australian shows. Closer to 30 acts who’ve never played BDO before and at least 16 acts with new albums coming.” Intriguing!

As inthemix announced earlier this week, Big Day Out is itching to let its 2013 line-up out of the bag, bringing the announcement date forward a few months to next Monday July 16, at 12.01am. Given the earlier-than-usual buzz that’s building, the internet has already responded with the customary round of terribly-faked line-up posters. The true details of who’s on the bill are being kept tightly under wraps, but we suspect the dance contingent is going to once again be heavily-stacked.

In 2012, the Boiler Room went bass-heavy with the full Nero live show (described by the guys to inthemix as “a clash of retro and futuristic”), Bassnectar and Shockone. One of the ace-cards of the line-up was the much-awaited live return of Royksopp, who wowed the Boiler Room in the afternoon, while Girl Talk, Odd Future and (in some cities) Miss Kittin also led the dancing.

If there’s a pattern to be drawn from the Boiler Room bookings in recent years, it’s electronic music that works in big spaces and across age brackets. The aforementioned terrible fake flyers have The Presets and Underworld (who aren’t on an album tour cycle) mentioned, but we’re thinking more along the lines of Borgore, Knife Party, Feed Me or Noisia. Fast-rising stars Hardwell and Nicky Romero would also fit the bill, and so far they haven’t turned up on a forthcoming line-up. Euphoric, festival-sized electro and house is probably not a bad bet, as anyone who witnessed the rave-up for Calvin Harris’s live sets in 2010 can attest to.

In recent years, the festival has also welcomed Sasha, Vitalic and Booka Shade, so a James Zabiela or Green Velvet-style wildcard wouldn’t be out of the question. Hot Chip told inthemix they’d be here “at the end of the year or the beginning of the new year”, but they’ve just turned up on the Falls Festival line-up, but we wouldn’t count on electronic/indie darling Grimes.

So, who are you tipping? The Pendulum reunion tour? (Just kidding.) Let us know in the comments field below, and keep those eyes peeled for the official announce next Monday July 16. Whoever makes the cut, we get the feeling it’s going to be big.

Big Day Out 2013 dates and venues:

Friday 18 January – Showgrounds, Sydney
Sunday 20 January – Parklands, Gold Coast
Friday 25 January – Showgrounds, Adelaide
Saturday 26 January – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday 28 January – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth



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bradj88 said on the 11th Jul, 2012

Would love to see Prodigy in the boiler room, missed out last time. Simian Mobile Disco would be fitting their new album sounds great


Amosse said on the 11th Jul, 2012

No thanks. They're releasing a new album soon and will probably do an album tour.


noters32 said on the 11th Jul, 2012

skrillex ,knife party:)


jamwildway said on the 11th Jul, 2012

Daft Punk would be massive but I think the boiler room would be too small a venue. Deadmau5, Skrillex, David Guetta, Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy, Underworld, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim or New Order would all be worthy headliners.


rickybonomini said on the 11th Jul, 2012

Dyro, Hardwell, Nicky Romero or Afrojack.

A room like the boiler room needs a sound like them

Ben Royal

Ben Royal said on the 11th Jul, 2012

Skrillex would be perfect for the Boiler Room. They need a big, nostalgic live act to close like Basement Jaxx or Chemical Brothers.


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itmo said on the 11th Jul, 2012

the boiler room never disappoints, bring it on!!!


katiecunningham said on the 12th Jul, 2012

They were just announced for Falls...


User_265686 said on the 12th Jul, 2012

Hardwell & Nicky Romero would be amazing. Get Dada Life as well, they love a bit of fun.


itmo said on the 12th Jul, 2012

how good were Nero, Girl Talk & Bass Nector last year ; ))))))

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 12th Jul, 2012

nicky romero is shit
so is hardwell, and any other cheese ball house act you derricks have just mentioned.
this is the BDO, to be honest I wouldn;t be suprised if they ditched the boiler room all together this year.
I would love to see the Chemical Bros again, but I doubt it.
Boys Noize would be a fair bet but I'd say Future might nab him


GoodLove said on the 12th Jul, 2012

^^ ditch the boiler room??

have you heard about this thing called EDM that everyone loves and that makes people lots of money?


TimmyB01 said on the 13th Jul, 2012

@Makkaaa. Second that motion. Saw Squarepusher at Sonar, up there with the best live show I've seen. Would see again.


TimmyB01 said on the 13th Jul, 2012

Could see a return of Die Antwoord. Pretty Lights live show. Dare I say Modeselektor??? And the ultimate dream Plastikman 2.0, but not so likely.


Ncookie said on the 13th Jul, 2012

Bring Caribou Variation Ensemble!


VanBuurenisGod said on the 13th Jul, 2012

BDO has gone down down down in recent years. Will be saving my pennies for Soundwave (who need to redeem themselves after last years horrible headline acts)

said on the 14th Jul, 2012

If BDO want to redeem themselves then the Prodigy would have to be on the cards. Album due at the end of the year. I WILL be going to whatever festival snaps them up this feisty season!!!

yow mamma

yow mamma said on the 14th Jul, 2012

Not one of those even raises an eyebrow.... I must be old. I guess forward thinking doesn't make money or looking back is a gamble.


sounds_echoed said on the 14th Jul, 2012

Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann for 8 hours.


MitchhctiM said on the 15th Jul, 2012

lol. There would be a lot of :what::what::what: going on.


primalstatik said on the 18th Jul, 2012

I remember when Dave Clarke slammed the shit out of the Boiler Room. Good times.


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