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Feature: Big Day Out 2014 Lineup Speculation - Part Two

With Splendour in the Grass safely in the bag for another year, our festival-wearied eyes now turn back to the Big Day Out, whose lineup for 2014 is set to be officially released this week. Touted as a 'lineup to top all Big Day Out lineups', rumours have been flying around quicker than Nui Te Koha at Triple M can break 'exclusive' lineup news. As July 31st nears, we've got some more predictions ready to fuel the gossip fire, having taken another look at le internets and following on from many-an indepth discussion on wishlists and logical tour schedules...

Pearl Jam
Chances? 50%

It's the rumour that has been the most consistent over the past few weeks. The last time Pearl Jam performed in Australia was when they brought Backspacer to the country in 2010. A massive stadium tour, the Seattle icons released information about their forthcoming tenth LP in Lightning Bolt this year. While the album isn't due for release until October, Pearl Jam have locked down an extensive American tour which will see them on the road until December, leaving January open for an Australian visit. Rumoured to play Soundwave as well, AJ Maddah dashed those hopes through twitter by bluntly stating that a band of PJ's size don't need to do the festival tour, even though he's been known to pull the rug out from underneath the speculating before. Nui Te Koha reckons they've been 'locked in', yet he also 'revealed' that Radiohead would play the Big Day Out in 2012. Time will obviously tell, but we'd be shocked if Eddie Vedder and co weren't on a plane to Australia for a summer jaunt.

Portugal. The Man
Chances? 65%

Yes, they were just here for Splendour, but with no sideshows performed on this Australian visit, we've got a sneaky suspicion Portugal. The Man will be back before we know it. Their latest record, Evil Friends had only really been given a little run in Australia prior to the band's gig at Byron over the weekend, so we figure a larger festival tour with some club gigs is a logical way to showcase the album for their strong Australian fan base in the New Year.

The Lumineers
Chances? 80%

Another hot contender for the BDO 2014, the Colorado five-piece have already proven their worth on Australian soil when they played Bluesfest earlier in the year. Having expressed their desire to play Australia in our summer to Triple J on that same trip, this little retweet from BDO CEO Adam Zammit caught many keen eyes.

Wu-Tang Clan
Chances? 50%

With a Coachella set cementing the Wu-Tang Clan as one of the highlights of the 2013 festival, there's a good shot that iconic rap group might come by Australia next year. New album A Better Tomorrow is expected for release later this year and, considering a few members of the group have done solo gigs here sporadically over the last 18 months, a Big Day Out tour may be the next step.

Atoms For Peace
Chances? 65%

We all want to see Thom Yorke dancing on a stage near us soon, don't we? Another consistently rumoured band to play the Big Day Out in 2014, Atoms For Peace have an album in Amok to showcase and have enough performance and star power within the band itself to warrant a headline spot on the BDO tour.

Editors
Chances? 30-40%

The British band told us recently that while they'd love to play the Big Day Out, no plans for an Australian tour in that part of the year had been officially confirmed. It wouldn't come as a huge surprise if they were announced on this lineup, however. Wowing crowds at the Falls Festival over the 2009/10 New Year period, Editors are due another visit out this way, especially seeing as their latest album The Weight of Your Love is currently gathering some great praise.

No Doubt
Chances? 50%

Tour rumours surrounding No Doubt stretch right back to the end of last year, but it seemed that whatever tours had been planned were put on hold at the beginning of this year, so the band could focus on new music. Their name has popped up recently though; they'd no doubt - ahem - appeal to the older fans of the Big Day Out and those Gwen Stefani fans who've been waiting ages for the glamazon herself to grace our shores. In saying this, they could be equal contenders for Soundwave too, going off how well Garbage and Bush have gone down at that festival in recent years.

Placebo
Chances? 40%

Another band who would draw the interest of classic Big Day Out fans is definitely Placebo. With a new album set for release in September, an Australian tour could very well be on the cards - having played the Big Day Out in 2001, it's unlikely Placebo would be at the very top of the lineup for 2014, but a worthy mention nonetheless if they are announced as an international festival tour member!

Jake Bugg
Chances? 30-40%

Another recent visitor to Australia, 19 year old Bugg made a definite impression. With a few sideshows under his belt, the British artist could be an awesome fit on the lineup next year, taking his music to more audiences around the country.

Jay Z
Chances? 10%

Come on, could you imagine?! With his lady Beyonce set to dominate Australia in November and Magna Carta... Holy Grail landing to an overwhelming response not too long ago, it would be a huge coup to have the hip-hop artist do the Big Day Out. Touring with Justin Timberlake in the US at the moment, it's still possible Jay would either announce his own Australian tour or even pop up when JT announces the finer details of his own 2014 Aussie tour, but still, this would be huge.

Kings of Leon
Chances? 5%

Another band whose name has been thrown in to the Big Day Out lineup ring. Having played the festival twice (2004 and 2006) before, Kings Of Leon warrant a mention purely for the fact that it's been a fair while since we've seen them, they're seasoned Big Day Out performers and of course, their new album Mechanical Bull is due for release in September. We reckon we'll be seeing the Grammy winners here soon enough, but perhaps not on the 2014 BDO bill.

The official lineup announcement is locked in for 8pm on Wednesday, July 31st. We'll have the details as soon as they're announced!