Soundwave 2015: more bands to come, no side shows

PETER VINCENT
Last updated 14:12 22/08/2014
Faith No More
JASON OXENHAM/Fairfax NZ

MORE TO COME: Mike Patton's Faith No More is confirmed for Soundwave 2015 and promoter AJ Maddah says more bands will join them.

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If you're a Soundwave fan we've got good news and bad news.

The bad news is that none of next year's Soundwave headliners will play sideshows, so you'll have to fork out for a festival ticket to see the likes of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Slash, Faith No More and Soundgarden.

But the good news is twofold: you can expect one-day tickets to go on sale and promoter AJ Maddah has promised to add "around 14 bands" to the line-up because many acts he approached were not ready to confirm their involvement. Or, as Maddah put in on social media: "a bunch of bands couldn't get their s*** together in time. So now there'll be 2 [announcements]."

On Thursday morning, Maddah also tweeted that the "supplementary announcement" would happen in September, so stay tuned.

Which bands will be named is anybody's guess, but persistent rumours include high-profile hardcore punksters Rise Against, Springsteen-inspired rockers Gaslight Anthem, Italian Gothic metal act Lacuna Coil, Finnish metallers Lordi (Eurovision winners in 2006), classic metal act Manowar, Evergreen Terrace, Chimaira, Anvil and even glam metallers Motley Crue.

Reaction to Wednesday's announcement has been surprisingly mixed considering the line-up  includes acts which have established themselves as household names in hard rock over the past two decades. It is a top-heavy line-up (so far) that is certainly weighted towards legacy acts, but does include progressive rock acts like Antemasque (which includes members of the Mars Volta and At The Drive In) and metalcore acts like Of Mice and Men and Escape the Fate, with a bonus emo heart-throb thrown in (Gerard Way).

A predictable split on social media has been around which of the two days has a better line-up: Faith No More, Soundgarden, Incubus, Lamb of God and Gerard Way headline the first day in each city, while Slipknot, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy and Judas Priest lead day two.

One of the most common complaints was that there had been no mention of single-day tickets, although a Soundwave spokesperson told Fairfax they would be released later. All official information released so far refers only to "weekend passes".

Soundwave is on in Adelaide and Melbourne on February 21 and 22, and February 28 and March 1 in Sydney and Brisbane. Two-day tickets ($188) go on sale to Soundwave members on Friday and to the general public at 9am on August 29.

For more Soundwave 2015 information, go to: soundwavefestival.com

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