Damon Albarn Wanted More Money
Damon Albarn probably wanted a lot more money than the festival organizers were willing to pay, and that's why they pulled out. What were the organizers charged with doing? Promoting the event? They did that. Everyone in Australia knew that there was going to be a Big Day Out festival and who was going to play--everyone who had an inkling of going, that is.
At the end of the day, Albarn wants the cash. When someone pulls out of a festival, is it really about promotion and logistics or is it really about the cut of the profits? Come on. It's about the money. It always is.