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The Big Day Out music festival always brings in some of the biggest names in music from Australia and around the world. 2012 is no different boasting hip-hop superstar Kanye West, rock legends Soundgarden and other notable acts such as Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance and Odd Future.

Big Day Out is a fantastic idea and a great festival, however, for those who've been before, it's a very long day that can get hectic trying to jump from stage to stage to see all of the bands. For a few years it has been more fun waiting for all of the artists to announce their sideshows that seem to be at the more intimate and iconic venues in Melbourne and around Australia. Don't let some of these shows pass you by!

Kanye West
Always entertaining, hugely popular and a hip-hop visionary, Kanye West's sideshows will sell out fast. His latest solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was a huge success and hung around the charts where it boasted hits such as Runaway, Power and All of the Lights. In 2011 he released an album with old time friend, Jay-Z, called Watch The Throne, so there's no better time than now to see Kanye as there's no doubt he is at the top of his game. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a great venue in Melbourne where his show will be a performance to remember. Get in quick.

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday 6th of December.

Soundgarden have a huge following where this legendary rock band last visited Australia back in 1997. Since breaking up people have been waiting for this moment to see them back in action. A Soundgarden sideshow will be a huge moment with an album soon to be released next year. Don't worry, it will sure to be a night of nostalgia playing hits from the 90's such as Black Hole Sun, Spoonman and my personal favourite Pretty Noose. Again, at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, they'll be amazing to see.

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday 6th of December.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher is a household name due to his stardom as the front man of Oasis. Now he brings his band of "flying birds" to Australia for the first time rocking out to some new tunes. However, he has proclaimed that no concert will go by without him playing some of the classics that have made him so popular. It will be sure to bring tears when he breaks into Wonderwall so it's important that if you're a fan that you don't miss this.

Tickets on Sale Now.

Other shows that might be of interest:

Tuesday 24th January -The Horden, Sydney
Saturday 28th January – Festival Hall, Melbourne

My Chemical Romance
Tuesday 24th January – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Friday 27th January – The Hordern, Sydney
Tuesday 31st January – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Odd Future
Tuesday 24th January – The Enmore, Sydney
Wednesday 1st February – The Palace, Melbourne

Cage The Elephant
Saturday 28th January – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney
Tuesday 31st January – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Friday 27th January – The Enmore, Sydney
Thursday 2nd February – The Palace, Melbourne

Foster The People
Monday 23rd January – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Wednesday 25th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Monday 30th January – The Palace, Melbourne

Best Coast
Wednesday 25th January – Manning Bar, Sydney
Saturday 28th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Girl Talk
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 31st January – Palace Theatre, Melbourne

Mariachi El Bronx
Wednesday 25th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Monday 30th January – Billboard The Venue, Melbourne

Monday 23rd January -The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 28th January – The Forum, Melbourne

Das Racist
Tuesday 24th January – The Zoo, Brisbane
Wednesday 25th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Monday 30th January – The Corner, Melbourne
Wednesday 1st February – The Gov, Adelaide

Cavalera Conspiracy
Tuesday 24th January – Panthers, Newcastle
Friday 27th January – ANU, Canberra
Saturday 28th January – Metro, Sydney
Wednesday 1st February – Billboard, Melbourne
Monday 6th February – HiFi, Brisbane

Kitty, Daisy, Lewis

Tuesday 24th January – Metro, Sydney
Friday 27th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Tickets are all on sale now.
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