20 Jan 2012

Lower turnout at last Big Day Out

10:53 pm on 20 January 2012

The final Big Day Out music festival in Auckland ends on Friday.

The Mount Smart Stadium was only about half-full - the first time the 46,000-person capacity venue has not been sold out for the event.

Organisers on Tuesday canned future events, blaming poor ticket sales and problems securing high-profile acts.

However, the festival's demise was hastened in November last year when organisers pulled the plug on Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye West so they could reduce the size of the event.

Big Day Out founder Ken West has dismissed speculation the festival will be resurrected or that promoters could organise it from Australia, where the event is also held.

Mr West says the event is a legacy of love - but logic needs to prevail.

The Big Day Out event started in 1994 and has run all but one year since.