Scribe hits mark at Big Day Out



NEW Zealand rap hip hop artist Scribe has come full circle since playing his first Big Day Out festival gig 12 months ago.

The Big Day Out first Australian event for 2005 was held on the Gold Coast yesterday with a sell-out crowd of 50,000 people.

"We played the Australian Big Day Out last year as pretty much unknowns so to see how we've grown over the year - we have put in a lot of work and it is good to reap the rewards," Scribe said yesterday.

Headlining international acts at the festival this year include the Beastie Boys, the Chemical Brothers, System Of a Down, the Polyphonic Spree, The Streets, The Freestylers and Scribe.

Australian acts include the John Butler Trio, Grinspoon, Frenzal Rhomb, Powderfinger, Regurgitator and DJ Bexta.

Scribe, who only goes by that name, lives in Auckland but grew up in Christchurch and said it was an amazing experience to open the 2005 Festival in his home country.

"It was huge," Scribe, 25, said.

"People back home are proud and especially the people in the scene because we are bridging the gap between Australia and New Zealand."

The six Big Day Out events in different cities started in Auckland on Saturday, with the Gold coast the first Australian show.

The festival travels to Sydney on Australia Day, then to Melbourne, Adelaide and finally Perth. The Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne events sold out within weeks of tickets going on sale.



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