‘I had her hand, then I let it go’: the Big Day Out loses its innocence – Music Reads

The death of Jessica Michalik was a tragedy and a turning point for the Big Day Out. It's about 9:15pm on January 26, 2001, when the first sounds of Limp Bizkit's headline set ring out across Sydney's Olympic Park.

German act Rammstein have just finished playing a stage directly next door, so a surge of people move sideways to get a spot in front of the American band.

"My memory is a lot of really angry male energy," says Liza Ryan, who was in the crowd.

"'Look at us, we are going to rock this place, let's turn this place upside down',"…