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THE BIG DAY OUT AND SUMMAFIELDAYZE CEMENT THEIR GOLD COAST LINEUPS
THERE are two very good reasons that Jhindu Lawrie from rising Australian act The Medics is looking forward to touring the country with this year’s Big Day Out. First, it’s literally a childhood dream come true. Raised in Cairns, Lawrie was too young and too far away to get to the gig, but heard stories of the legendary travelling festival from his father Bunna Lawrie, a member of trailblazing indigenous band Coloured Stone, who played the festival in the late ’90s.
As a child, Lawrie would follow his favourite bands and the festivals they played, little knowing he would one day be following in their footsteps, as he did earlier this year with a slot at the Gold Coast Big Day Out.
‘‘Big Day Out was one I always wanted to go to but I didn’t have enough money because I was still in school and Mum wouldn’t let me out of Cairns by myself. It was a bit of a dream to go at last,’’ Lawrie says.
‘‘Being backstage was really surreal – I felt like I head really achieved something.’’
After releasing their debut album, Foundations, to acclaim in May, next year The Medics will go one better, playing all shows on the BDO tour in January.
The second reason for Lawrie’s excitement at the national tour is a chance to share the bill with – and maybe even meet – the band that got him and his singer bandmate, Kahl Wallace, into music in the first place.
‘‘Kahl and I are really big Red Hot Chili Peppers fans and I am pretty sure that between us we have every single album, DVD, live DVD,’’ he says.
‘‘They were pretty much the first band we ever listened to that got us into music. We really got passionate about it because of them.’’
And as for the chance to get up close and personal with Flea? ‘‘I would love to,’’ Lawrie says with a laugh. ‘‘I don’t think I could even talk – but it would be really mindblowing.’’
The Big Day Out has always been famous for its sense of camaraderie, with the biggest internationals rubbing shoulders with up-and-coming acts, making it one of the most popular festivals in the world among artists. Some of Australia’s biggest exports in recent years – from Silverchair and Jet to Pnau and the Temper Trap – have paid their dues playing the festival’s smaller stages.
The Big Day Out plays Parklands Showgrounds on January 20. Visit bigdayout.com
The Medics (from left) Andrew Thomson, Kahl Wallace, Charles Thomas, Jhindu Lawrie.