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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 big­day­

The Medics (from left) An­drew Thom­son, Kahl Wal­lace, Charles Thomas, Jhindu Lawrie.

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