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Soundwave (Australian music festival)

AFI playing on the main stage at Soundwave Perth 2010
Genre Rock (mainly heavy metal, alternative rock and punk rock)
Dates mid-February – early March; late January
Location(s) Australia
Perth (2004–2014)
Brisbane (2007–present)
Sydney (2007–present)
Melbourne (2008–present)
Adelaide (2008–2015)
Years active 2004–present
Founded by AJ Maddah

Soundwave is an annual music festival held in major cities around Australia. The festival originated in Perth, Western Australia and began travelling to the other Australian capital cities in 2007. It features a number of international and Australian music acts, from various genres including rock, metal and punk.[1] The festival has been headlined by Deftones, The Offspring. Incubus, Alice in Chains, Bloodhound Gang, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Jimmy Eat World, Jane's Addiction, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, System of a Down, Slipknot, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Blink 182 and Metallica. The festival is run and promoted by Soundwave Touring, who also run Harvest Festival and promote tours for bands and musicians each year.


  • History 1
  • 2007 2
  • 2008 3
  • 2009 4
  • 2010 5
  • 2011 6
  • 2012 7
  • 2013 8
  • 2014 9
  • 2015 10
  • 2016 11
  • Compilation albums 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


The Soundwave festival originated in Perth,[2] as a smaller festival known as Gravity Soundwave within the Gravity Games.[3] The Gravity Games were held in South Perth along the Swan River, being based mainly on water-based and action sports. The event was sponsored by Vodafone in its first year, with the company reportedly committing one million dollars to the event. Gravity Soundwave provided the music side of the festival, which took place at McCallum Park alongside the Swan River.[4]

Gravity Soundwave was first introduced in the festival's first year, which was held on 14 and 15 October 2004. American pop punk band Good Charlotte effectively became the first headline act of Soundwave, when they performed in the festival's first night along with Gyroscope and One Dollar Short.[4] The following night featured Unwritten Law, Regurgitator, MxPx, Lagwagon and Last Year's Hero.[4]

The 2005 festival was again presented by Vodafone, being held on the night of 8 October. Gravity Soundwave was headlined by Grinspoon, with it also featuring American acts Unwritten Law, Reel Big Fish, and Goldfinger.[3]

The third and final year of the Gravity Games festival in Perth was moved to December 2006, instead of October. Gravity Soundwave featured American act Aiden, local Australian bands Gyroscope, Kisschasy, Parkway Drive, The Getaway Plan and New Zealanders Goodnight Nurse.[5]


In 2007 the festival expanded to include Sydney and Brisbane, and increased the number of bands performing. A number of the artists featured in the 2007 Festival had previously played at the Soundwave Festival in Perth, including Unwritten Law, MxPx and Parkway Drive.


Lineup Local acts


*A ^ Parkway Drive did not appear in Perth
*B ^ As Tall as Lions replaced The Format


The Dear Hunter vocalist Casey Crescenzo performing at Soundwave in Melbourne 2008.

The 2008 Soundwave festival was headlined by The Offspring, along with Incubus and Killswitch Engage and was expanded to include dates in Melbourne and Adelaide, increasing the number of dates from three to five. The expanded Festival featured five stages compared to three the previous year.


Lineup Local acts


*A ^ Alexisonfire replaced Coheed and Cambria[6]
*B ^ Thursday replaced Chiodos[7]
*C ^ Infectious Grooves replaced Social Distortion
*D ^ From Autumn to Ashes and Still Remains did not appear in Brisbane or Sydney[8]
*E ^ City and Colour replaced Ace Enders


Chiodos performing on the introduced extra sixth stage at Soundwave in Melbourne, 2009.

The lineup for the 2009 festival was announced on 24 September 2008, the headliners were Nine Inch Nails[9] and sub-headliners were Alice in Chains and Bloodhound Gang.

Presenters of British reality stunt TV show Dirty Sanchez and Finnish stuntmen The Dudesons were masters of ceremonies at Soundwave 2009.[10]

This festival featured 55 acts across six stages.


Lineup Local acts


*A^ The Dillinger Escape Plan replaced Scars on Broadway
*B^ Less Than Jake did not appear in Brisbane due to flight delays.
*C^ Acts were made public in a third announcement and only appeared in Sydney.


Panorama of Steel Blue Oval during Soundwave, 2010.
Trivium performing at the Perth Soundwave.

The first lineup announcement for the 2010 festival was made on 13 August 2009, the headliners were Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Placebo, the lineup also featured Paramore, AFI, Jimmy Eat World (who replaced My Chemical Romance) and HIM.

This festival featured 46 acts across six stages.


Lineup Local acts


*A^ Architects replaced The Devil Wears Prada
*B^ This Is Hell replaced Maximum the Hormone
*C^ Jimmy Eat World replaced My Chemical Romance
*D Closure In Moscow were removed from the line up with no replacement.


Foxy Shazam performing in Sydney

The first lineup announcement for the 2011 festival was made on 5 August 2010, the headliners were Iron Maiden and Queens Of The Stone Age. The lineup also included The Starting Line, who reunited for the festival.[11]

This festival featured 71 acts across eight stages.


Lineup Local acts


*A^ Slayer pulled out of the Sydney show at the last minute due to Tom Araya being admitted to hospital [12]
*B^ Avenged Sevenfold withdrew due to disagreement over scheduling[13]
*C^ Sum 41 only performed in Brisbane and Sydney due to Deryck Whibley's hospitalisation with severe pneumonia. Replaced by International Superheroes of Hardcore[14]
*D^ Saxon withdrew due to album commitments and family illness[15]
*E^ Polar Bear Club replaced Alesana
*F^ Blessthefall replaced A Skylit Drive
*G^ This Town Needs Guns were added as a bonus band after the two dropouts
*H^ International Superheroes of Hardcore did not appear in Perth


Slipknot performing at Melbourne's Soundwave

The lineup for the 2012 festival was first announced on 7 October 2011. The 2012 Soundwave lineup featured System of a Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Marilyn Manson.

This was the first time



On 14 August 2015, Bullet for My Valentine was announced as the first act of Soundwave 2016 via the band's social media accounts and the official Soundwave website. The first full installment of the Soundwave 2016 Lineup was announced on 30th October 2015, consisting of 21 bands.


*A^ Rival Sons withdrew from the lineup due to personal reasons.[55]
*B^ The Treatment did not appear in Adelaide.[56]
*C^ Evergreen Terrace withdrew from the lineup due to drummer Brad Moxey suffering serious injuries in an accident.[57]


Local acts Day Two Lineup Day One Lineup


On 28 June 2014, Soundwave announced that it will become a two-day festival,[53] held over two consecutive weekends, with half the bands announced playing day one and the other half playing day two, criss-crossing between Adelaide and Melbourne, then Sydney and Brisbane. AJ Maddah stated on Twitter “Putting the line-up across [two] days enables us to minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, better staging, production [and] infrastructure. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.”[53] AJ Maddah later confirmed that 2015 was the last Soundwave for Adelaide in the foreseeable future as it made a $300,000 loss in 2014, but with the $1,400,000 loss in 2015 due to lackluster ticket sales being to large to subsidise out of the other cities.[54]


*A^ The Living End replaced Stone Temple Pilots, who withdrew from the lineup due to scheduling conflicts.[45]
*B^ Megadeth withdrew from the lineup due to unspecified reasons.[46]
*C^ Newsted withdrew from the lineup due to unspecified reasons.[47]
*D^ Filter replaced Sevendust, who withdrew from the lineup due to a dispute with Soundwave promoters over money.[48]
*E^ Desaparecidos withdrew from the lineup due to personal issues.[49]
*F^ Dir En Grey did not appear in Perth.[50]
*G^ Volbeat withdrew from the Adelaide and Perth shows due to a family emergency. Their timeslot was filled up by local acts.[51]
*H^ Whitechapel withdrew from the lineup due to the death of an immediate family member.[52]
*I^ Hardcore Superstar withdrew from the lineup due to a dispute with Soundwave promoters over their allocated timeslot.[47]


Local acts Lineup


The Perth festival was relocated from Claremont Showgrounds to Arena Joondalup, 25 km north of Perth, two weeks before the beginning of the festival due to Soundwave's ongoing conflict with the Claremont Council.[43] Following a similar situation at the Perth leg of Big Day Out in January of that year, which was also relocated from Claremont Showgrounds to Arena Joondalup, AJ Maddah confirmed that 2014 would be the last Soundwave held in Perth,[44] where the festival originated.

The lineup for the 2014 festival was first announced on 23 August 2013. The lineup containing 94 bands, featured Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn and Alice In Chains[42]

Jonathan Davis from Korn performing at Soundwave in Perth


*A^ Garbage were unable to perform in Sydney as the truck carrying their equipment from Brisbane to Sydney was caught up in floods in northern New South Wales[30][31][31]
*B^ Flogging Molly did not appear in Perth[32]
*C^ Mindless Self Indulgence did not perform in Melbourne as their gear and luggage was lost in transit[33]
*D^ Six Feet Under were forced to withdraw from the lineup after drummer Kevin Talley was injured in a dirtbike accident[27]
*E^ Blood On The Dance Floor withdrew from the lineup as they were recording an album during the festival[34]
*F^ Dr. Acula broke up in October 2012 and were subsequently removed from the lineup[35]
*G^ Living With Lions and Mark Tremonti were added to the lineup on 30 October 2012,[36] but Tremonti pulled out the next day due to clashing tour commitments.[37]
*H^ Puscifer only played in Sydney and Adelaide, they were originally listed as "Special Guests".[38]
*I^ Malakyte only played in Brisbane, they were originally listed as "Special Guests"[39]
*J^ The winners of the Triple J Unearthed competition for Perth, In League, were not able to perform due to time constraints alongside Soundwave's conflict with the Claremont Council [40][41]


Local acts Lineup


This festival featured 72 acts across nine stages (eight stages in Perth).

There was also controversy regarding bands such as Pierce the Veil and The Amity Affliction having their sets cut short in Perth due to complaints from local residents - after this Maddah doubted the festival's future in Western Australia.

  • Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was to attempt the long haul flight and participate in Blink-182's first Australian tour since 2004, saying "[I'm] getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia".[23] Barker survived a plane crash in 2008 and suffers from aerophobia. However, after months of counselling and medication, Barker could not overcome his fear of flying and was replaced on the tour by Brooks Wackerman from Bad Religion.[24]
  • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante was replaced by Jon Dette from Animetal USA due to personal issues[25]
  • Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo announced on Facebook that he was fired due to a dispute over money,[26] he was also replaced by Jon Dette, who was already filling in for Anthrax and has previously played in Slayer[25]
  • The Vandals drummer Josh Freese (formerly of A Perfect Circle and Paramore, both were also on the lineup) was replaced by Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant[27] due to other commitments.
  • Six Feet Under withdrew from the lineup due to drummer Kevin Talley being injured in a dirtbike accident[27]
  • In addition, Shai Hulud vocalist Justin Kraus was hospitalised with chest pain immediately after playing a show in Trenton, New Jersey,[28] he was replaced by Mike Moynihan, who was previously their vocalist between 2009-2011[27]
  • Gallows guitarist Stephen Carter left the band in the days leading up to the festival, the band continued as a four-piece.[29]

This edition of Soundwave was noted for its "drummers' curse",[22] where several bands lost members in the week leading up to the festival:

The lineup for the 2013 Soundwave Festival was first announced on 8 August 2012. featuring headliners Metallica, Linkin Park and Blink-182, along with sub headliners A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Garbage, Paramore, Tomahawk, Cypress Hill and Killswitch Engage

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park performing at Melbourne's Soundwave


*A^ Bush replaced Hole
*B^ Paradise Lost and Switchfoot replaced Dragonforce
*C^ These Kids Wear Crowns did not play in Brisbane due to being double-booked for a sold out arena show with Simple Plan in Canada [19]
*D^ Mission In Motion did not appear in Melbourne
*E^ Black Tide withdrew from the lineup at the last minute due to a family emergency [20]
*F^ Switchfoot withdrew from the Adelaide and Perth shows due to a family emergency [21]


Local acts Lineup


This festival featured 95 acts across eleven stages.

The festival also featured a reunited Coal Chamber, who played their first shows since 2003,[17] and also marked the final shows of emo group Thursday.[18]


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