Big Day Out Organisers Split
Vivian Lees and Ken West, who together have run the Big Day Out festival since 1992, have ended their partnership.
Lees has left to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests while West will continue to promote the Big Day Out by himself.
In a statement to The Music Network Lees explained "After 20 wonderful years as co-producer of the Big Day Out Festival I have decided to move on. My decision is principally to ease the workload on myself and I believe this will also allow me to increase my commitment to my family and interests outside of Big Day Out. For the first time in my life I will be stepping off the gas a little instead of stepping on it and I am looking forward to new challenges I may find outside the Big Day Out."
He added "I am a passionate supporter of the Big Day Out and the musical legacy I have created with Ken West who will now continue to produce the show as sole producer. To all my friends and supporters, the loyal and committed Big Day Out staff and the legions of Big Day Out audience members I thank you and I will always be indebted to you for keeping me in such a great job for so long."