The White Stripes, Iggy & the Stooges and Franz Ferdinand lead the initial list of performers for the 2006 Big Day Out festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. The event will begin Jan. 20 in A

The White Stripes, Iggy & the Stooges and Franz Ferdinand lead the initial list of performers for the 2006 Big Day Out festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. The event will begin Jan. 20 in Auckland and move on to Australian shows in Gold Coast (Jan. 22), Sydney (Jan. 26), Melbourne (Jan. 29), Adelaide (Feb. 3) and Perth (Feb. 5).

Among the other acts confirmed to perform are Kings Of Leon, the Mars Volta, AFI, Sleater-Kinney, Soulwax/2ManyDJs, the Magic Numbers, the Living End, Cut Copy, the End Of Fashion and Youth Group.

Several native acts will also perform, including Gerling, Magic Dirt, Faker, Wolf & Cub and the Grates.

Additional artists will be added to the bill, for which tickets begin going on sale Oct. 14. Last year's Big Day Out featured performances from the Beastie Boys, System Of A Down, the Chemical Brothers, the Hives, the Donnas and the Polyphonic Spree.

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