MELBOURNE, AU Wednesday Oct.12.2005 / -- The White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand are among the artists confirmed to play the 2006 Big Day Out music festival in New Zealand and Australia.

The traveling festival begins January 20th in Auckland, New Zealand and continues with five Australian dates, including shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Along with the White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand, other acts on the Big Day Out lineup include Iggy and the Stooges, The Mars Volta, Sleater-Kinney, Kings of Leon, AFI, The Magic Numbers, Soulwax, 2ManyDJs, and The Living End.

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