Pearl Jam's lead vocalist Eddie Vedder.
Pearl Jam's lead vocalist Eddie Vedder. Andre Penner

More shade for revellers at new Gold Coast venue

MORE THAN 40,000 music lovers will be flocking to the Big Day Out's new home at Carrara on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

The one-day music festival has moved from its long-time home at the Gold Coast Parklands near Griffith University, which will be transformed into an athletes' village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to the leafy Carrara Parklands and Metricon Stadium along the Nerang River.

The two main Orange and Blue stages will be located inside the stadium, while the Red Stage, Boiler Room, Red Bull No Noise Nightclub and JBL Essential Stage will be in the parklands.

The stadium will provide significantly more seating and shade than the previous site, which should help revellers last the day.

The stadium will also help organisers provide a more luxurious experience for VIP guests, with Like A Boss ticket holders enjoying the surrounds of the Virgin Lounge and corporate guests staying cool inside the corporate boxes usually reserved for the Gold Coast Suns AFL games.

Punters are encouraged to take public transport as the only access to the festival is via Broadbeach-Nerang Rd.

Shuttle buses will run from Victoria Park in Broadbeach from 10am and the return fare is $10 cash only. Shuttles will also be running from nearby Nerang Rail Station from 10am.

With the weather forecast to hit 30 degrees, sunscreen and water will be must-have necessities. It is unlikely to rain, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The event has yet to sell out, despite festival bosses heralding the 2014 bill as the biggest in 10 years.

Sunday will be the first taste of how Aussie festival-goers will react to the schedule, which sees headliners Arcade Fire playing at the same time as local hip-hop favourites Bliss N Eso and Snoop Dogg's reggae set scheduled in the middle of Pearl Jam's mammoth two-hour set.

Gates open at 11am and the festival closes 10.30pm.



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