The line-up for Australia's Big Day Out festival has been confirmed for 2013 - the first year the music festival won't make the trip over the Tasman to Auckland.

As was widely rumoured, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining a bill that will also include The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Sleigh Bells.

The official line-up - which will perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Gold Coast - also includes Childish Gambino, Band of Horses and Animal Collective.

The Big Day Out axed Auckland from its line-up after poor sales at this year's January event, which included the bands Soundgarden, Kasabian and My Chemical Romance.


Kanye West was originally on the bill, but was removed after a widely reported split between the Big Day Out's promoters forced Ken West to downgrade the Perth, Adelaide and Auckland legs.

The Chili Peppers this morning announced an Auckland sideshow on January 14.

Kiwi music fans will have to keep their fingers crossed for more sideshows.

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- Herald online