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Big Day Out: Start­ing yes­ter­day (in Auck­land) and run­ning to Fe­bru­ary 3 in five states across Aus­tralia, this event more than lives up to its name. The Big Day Out is a 12-hour mul­ti­stage rock and dance fes­ti­val that be­gan in Syd­ney in 1992. The 2008 line-up in­cludes Rage Against the Ma­chine, Paul Kelly, Grin­spoon, Re­gur­gi­ta­tor and Sil­ver­chair. Gold Coast, Sun­day; Syd­ney, Fri­day; Melbourne, Jan­uary 28; Ade­laide, Fe­bru­ary 1; Perth, Fe­bru­ary 3. www.bigdayout.com. Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val: More than 50,000 vis­i­tors head to Aus­tralia’s coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal each Jan­uary for this 10-day cel­e­bra­tion of coun­try mu­sic with more than 700 per­form­ers. This year — Jan­uary 18-27— is its 36th an­niver­sary. www.tam­worth­coun­try­mu­sic.com.au. Splen­dour in the Grass: This an­nual two-day al­ter­na­tive mu­sic and youth cul­ture event has rocked the NSW coastal town of By­ron Bay since 2001. Brian Wil­son, Sonic Youth, Death Cab for Cu­tie and Wolf­mother have been among visit­ing stars. This year’s date is likely to be early Au­gust. www.splen­dourinthe­grass.com. V Fes­ti­val Aus­tralia: Vir­gin Mo­bile are be­hind the four-stage event made its de­but last year and this year Melbourne (April 5) and Perth (April 6) will be added to Syd­ney (March 29) and Gold Coast (March 30). The Smash­ing Pump­kins and Bri­tish vet­er­ans Du­ran Du­ran will lead the charge. www.vfes­ti­val.com.au. Wo­made­laide: This cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic, arts and dance at­tracted a crowd of 78,000 over three days last year, its 15th an­niver­sary. It re­turns on March 7-9 with more than 400 artists from 17 coun­tries. www.wo­made­laide.com.au. MS fest: Hill­top Hoods, Sneaky Sound Sys­tem, Kiss­chasy and Be­hind Crim­son Eyes will be among acts ap­pear­ing on two stages at this one-day fes­ti­val that raises funds for the MS So­ci­ety of Tas­ma­nia. The 2008 event will run at Launce­s­ton on Fe­bru­ary 16. www.ms­fest.com. Barry Oliver

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