Hoo boy – we’re less than 24 hours out from the Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement, set to drop at 1:15pm tomorrow arvo, and dang it if we’re not trembling with excitement, helped in no small part by the amount of new information that’s been flying around about the festival for the last week or so.
There’s been a lot of hubbub about exactly who’s on the SW14 bill and who isn’t, and a fair amount of other information regarding the festival has been revealed in recent weeks as well, so we thought now would be the perfect time to put together exactly everything we know about the Soundwave 2014. Get keeeeen…
One things for sure: Soundwave 2014 ain’t topping the 2013 show. Soundwave promoter and font of all knowledge AJ Maddah has clearly stated that, as 2013 was their 10th anniversary, it was a one-off big show. AJ’s also opened the door for smaller acts that you might not expect to see on the bill.
That said, there’s no reason not to get excited – another key reason we’ll see a downsize is to cut down on the number of clashes, so you’ve got a better chance of seeing your favourite bands play amongst the 63 or so acts headed for the festival this year. 2014 will also see stages named, not numbered, so there’s a good chance that similar acts will be playing on the same stage.
As for the general vibe of the festival, we’ve been told that metal’s making a comeback in a big way for SW14, with AJ promising the metal stage will definitely be on the cards. That mooted Japan stage is looking a bit shaky, though, after X-Japan and Maximum the Hormone both pulled out. Also expect to see a bit of ska on the lineup, with one seminal Australian ska act already confirmed for the bill…
Let’s be honest: we all really only care about one thing, and that’s who’s going to be on the 2014 lineup. So far we’ve only got three bands locked in – Newsted, The Porkers and The Bennies.
Just this afternoon, another two bands thumbed their noses at any embargo on the lineup announcement, dropping heavy hints on social media that we can expect to see them on the SW14 bill. Fans of Finch and Your Demise should be very happy come tomorrow afternoon.
Yes, AJ said CrashDiet would be on the lineup, but that was months ago and, as we all know, things can change rapidly. Case in point – Maximum The Hormone. AJ said back in Feb that MTH “will be” on the list, but clashing tour dates in Japan rule them out completely. Dark Tranquility were also strongly hinted at by AJ in June, but a North American tour puts them out of the running.
So who’s looking less than definite, more than likely, then? Well, CrashDiet, yeah. Bowling For Soup have been firm favourites for a long while now, and Shinedown are “almost guaranteed”, apparently. We can possibly count Sparks The Rescue in as well – AJ has said the band was promised a spot on either Soundwave or Warped, so if Sparks don’t fly tomorrow look for them in the second Warped announcement coming mid September.
As for the rest, well, we’ve got about 60 acts to look forward to so we figured, “What the hell?” We’ve compiled our FINAL LIST of the 60 top tips, good-lookers and OMG-please-please-please-can-you-bring-these-bands. which you can flick through right here:
Gallery: Our Final 60!
Alice In Chains?
HOT TIP: Asking Alexandria!
Children Of Bodom?
HOT TIP: CrashDiet! (fine, they're almost definitely coming - happy?)
HOT TIP: DevilDriver!
Dir En Grey - pencil 'em in!
Finch - pencil 'em in!
I Killed The Prom Queen?
In Hearts Wake?
HOT TIP: Letlive!
Make Them Suffer?
Manowar? (for Conan McGrath)
Motionless In White
Nine Inch Nails - because we can dream!
Our Last Night - pencil 'em in!
Panic! At The Disco?
Papa roach perform at Termianal 5 on Jan. 23, 2012 in New York. Photos by Gino DePinto, AOL
You can tell us just how poorly we did tomorrow after 1:15pm AEST! (or do it now, we don’t really mind…)
THE DATES AND VENUES
Following the same pattern as last year, Soundwave 2014 will be held over the last weekends of February and the first weekend of March. The festival will also be keeping the same venues as last year.
Saturday, 22nd February RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday, 23rd February Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Friday, 28th February Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday, 1st March Bonython Park, Adelaide
Monday, 3rd March Claremont Showgrounds, Perth
As is the case every year, we’re sure to get a bunch of sideshows – which the festival calls “Sidewaves” – from bands appearing on the Soundwave lineup. Unfortunately, it looks as though the dreaded Clipsal curse will once again strike Adelaide in 2014. There were no Sidewaves in the City of Churches this year due to the Clipsal 500 moving its date to the same weekend as Soundwave, and in 2012 “flights & freight logistics” would not allow Sidewaves either. Maddah has since said that “there will never ever be Adelaide sideshows as long as Clipsal is on”. Sorry, Adelaide.
Maddah has said that tickets for Soundwave 2014 will be released “a week” after the lineup announcement. It’s unclear at this stage if these will be presale or general release tickets, as this year a presale was offered to Soundwave mailing list members in the week following the announcement, with general release going on sale the following week. AJ has also indicated that may be presales “late next week“.
As for the price, tickets won’t cost as much as last year, with a ballpark figure of $160 + booking fee being offered by main man Maddah, which should see the total price at something like $180-$185.
So that’s it, then – just one more sleep till we get our official Soundwave 2014 lineup. We’ll have all the details on Music Feeds bang on 1:15pm AEST. Get ready – your summer of rock is just around the corner!
UPDATE: The first Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement is here!
Gallery: Soundwave 2014 lineup – in pictures!
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Billie Joe ARMSTRONG and GREEN DAY and Tre COOL and Mike DIRNT; L-R. Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool (Photo by Nigel Crane/Redferns)
Green Day (US) - The punk rock legends are this year's headliners, coming off their latest project, a trio of albums titled '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tré!' respectively. Fans will be salivating--Billie Joe and co. haven't been Down Under since late 2009 after cancelling all 2012 tour dates.
Avenged Sevenfold (US) - With their heavy new album, 'Hail to the King', set to drop later this month, the Huntington Beach rockers last toured the Aussie shores back in 2011, when a scheduling disagreement forced them to cancel their appearance at that year's Soundwave. Their first Soundwave dates are sure to go off with a bang!
Stone Temple Pilots feat. Chester Bennington (US) - These alt-rock legends have been given a new lease on life with Link Park frontman Chester Bennington called in to replace troubled former frontman Scott Weiland. A Weiland-helmed STP were last here in 2011, with a revitalised new lineup things are looking good for STP fans.
Alice In Chains (US) - These Seattle grunge luminaries were likewise given a chance at a new beginning after the death of singer Layne Staley. The band brought in William DuVall as frontman and back in May, released their latest album 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' The band were last here in 2009 when they co-headlined Soundwave.
Rob Zombie (US) - The spook-master himself makes his return to Oz following a very brief rest after he was one of the main draws of Soundwave 2011. The singer/songwriter/director/screenwriter/producer is coming off the strength of his latest album, 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' released earlier this year.
Megadeth (US) - One of the Big Four of thrash, these heavy metal legends were last here all the way back in 2009 to tour with fellow thrash legends Slayer. Since then, they've released two new albums, including the recent 'Super Collider' and are set to make this a big year for Dave Mustaine and co.
Placebo (UK) - No strangers to Soundwave or Australia, these Lonodn-based alt-rockers were last here for 2010's Soundwave festival when they co-headlined with Faith No More and Jane's Addiction. Their new album, 'Loud Like Love', is set to drop early September and will surely get fans excited for their 2014 Soundwave appearance.
AFI (US) - Call them post-hardcore, call them alt-rock, call them emo, whatever they are, these genre-bending California rockers are heavy. Their much-anticipated new album 'Burials' comes after a short break. The band were last here for Soundwave in 2010.
Korn (US) - You might need to re-educate yourself on heavy music if you don't know who these guys are. Anticipation is mounting for their new album, titled 'The Paradigm Shift' set to drop in October and fans haven't gotten a live taste of Korn since 2010, this is surely one not to be missed.
Alter Bridge (US) - These guys couldn't seem to get enough of Aussie fans, having performed at Soundwave 2012 to great reviews. Their new album 'Fortress' is set to drop in September on the iconic Roadrunner Records, so fans should prepare themselves for an onslaught of hard-edged rock.
Trivium (US) - Titans of the metal scene, Trivium have been one of the longest running rumours for soundwave, made all the more appealing by the release of their latest single 'Strife'. The band are no strangers to the stages of Soundwave, making the trip down in 2012, though come next year they'll have a brand new album 'Vengeance Falls' to show off
Down (US) - Most of Australia were fiending the addition of a Phil Anselmo-fronted outfit, and what better than the metal supergroup Down. The band have been steadily releasing music since 1995 with the most recent being 2012's 'The Purple' EP.
DevilDriver (US) - Known to have a strong relationship with Soundwave, a DevilDriver Australian tour is never too far off, though you won't see anyone complaining about that. Earlier this month the band dropped their latest album 'Winter Kills' giving us plenty of time to learn all the words come Feb 2014.
Newsted (US) - Fronted of course by rock figure Jason Newsted, this is a straight up and down heavy band who don't beat around the bush, this much is clear in the name of their debut album 'Heavy Metal Music' which dropped at the start of August. Newsted were also the first band to confirm their involvement in the festival.
Biffy Clyro (Scotland) - These rockers will be making the trip all the way down from their native land of Scotland come early 2014 and it's about time. The last time the band graced us with their presence was in 2010. Earlier this year Biffy Clyro released their latest album 'Opposites' which is sure to be buzzing well up until their arrival.
Rocket From The Crypt (US) - Having vanished from the scene for some time, Rocket From The Crypt have been unavoidable since their reunion in 2011. Though they're yet to lock in any studio time, the band still packs a doozy of a back catalogue and know how to use them to put on a damn good performance.
Asking Alexandria (UK) - Last in town in 2011, Asking Alexandria are sure to be overly stoked about their return Down Under. Though it's safe to say regardless of whether you saw them last time, the sound coming from their forthcoming album 'From Death To Destiny' is something totally fresh, as is their live show.
Clutch (US) - Kicking in the doors of the scene back in 1990, Clutch are indeed OGs in the rock scene. 23 years into the game, they seem to be showing no sign of slowing down with their latest album 'Earth Rocker' dropping earlier this year. The release brought the band Down Under this year for the first time since 2006.
Alkaline Trio (US) - Pop-punk icons, the Alkaline Trio last came to Australia for the 2009 edition of the Soundwave Festival. Their critically-acclaimed new album 'My Shame Is True' was released earlier this year and fans are getting ready to rock out with one of the most respected punk bands in the game.
Baroness (US) - Ever the critically acclaimed ones, these Georgia-based prog-metal virtuosos are returning after a string of successful Soundwave dates in 2010. Since then the band has released a critically-acclaimed new album, titled 'Yellow & Green' and played dates worldwide.
Five Finger Death Punch (US) - Making their Soundwave debut, Five Finger Death Punch are riding high on the release of their latest project, a two-part album titled 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell'. 'Vol 1' dropped earlier this year and fans are getting ready for 'Vol 2' and what is sure to be some blazing Soundwave performances.
August Burns Red (US) - These Christian metalcore rockers released their sixth studio album, 'Rescue & Restore', back in July to much acclaim and are ready to give Soundwave punters are show to be remembered. They'll making their debut at the festival after last touring Oz with Blessthefall in 2012.
Testament (US) - Thrash purists will know this band's output by heart. Testament, the West Coast thrash legends, are frequent visitors Down Under, having last played here in 2010. They're coming off the heat of their latest album, 'Dark Roots of Earth' released last year and will give true heavy metal fans something to scream about.
Living Colour (US) - Whether they're breaking musical ground or providing the entrance music for WWE wrestlers, Living Colour have always stayed true to themselves. They're making a long-awaited return to Aussie shores, having last been here in 2006.
Letlive - (US) Letlive are spoiling their Australian fans now, making their way down just earlier this year with Deftones. The bands current album 'The Blackest Beautiful' sent chills down the spine of all those who consider themselves peers.
Motionless In White - (US) Metalcore is getting a good rap this year round, with Motionless In White returning Down Under to unleash their unique take on the genre. The last time released from the band was 2012's 'Infamous' giving the band plenty of time to have some new wears to be road testing come Soundwave 2014.
Gwar - (US) Once nothing but a satirical outfit, Gwar has gone on to become one of the most respected and hardest working bands in the game. The band made their way Down Under for the one and only No Sleep Til festival of 2011 though this time round they come armed with their latest album 'Battle Maximus'
Black Dahlia Murder (US) - 2012 was the last time death metal legends BDM were last in town, making Soundwave 2014 a well overdue return. Fans will be frothing at the mouth by now following the release of their latest single 'Goat Of Departure' featured on their current record 'Everblack'.
Mushroomhead (US) - It's been all quiet on the Mushroomhead front since 2010 following on from the release of that years album 'Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children', though word on the street is the industrial metallers will be returning to our speakers on a new record set for a 2013/2014 release.
Finch (US) - Those paying attention will have noticed Finch confirmed their position on the line up prior to the official announcement, so the band is as keen as we are to get down, obviously. The band is taking their seminal album 'What It Is To Burn' around the world in the coming months so this will be a welcomed hit of screamo nostalgia.
Pulled Apart By Horses (WAL) - It's been a couple of years since alt-rockers Pulled Apart By Horses were in town yet still fans are talking about the tour of 2011. Towards the end of 2012 the band dropped the 'Tough Love Sessions' so get those ear holes ready for some new jams, me thinks.
Nancy Vandal (AUS) - One of Australia's seminal punk outfits, Nancy Vandal are making a big deal of their return. The band recently announced a run of live shows in support of their upcoming album 'Flogging A Dead Phoenix', taking to the stages of Soundwave to tell us all about it.
Bowling For Soup (US) - Pop punk alumni Bowling For Soup add a healthy dose of lol's to the line up with the band becoming synonymous with humorous live performances. Their new album 'Lunch. Drunk. Love' is on the horizon though and the band performing their final ever UK performances, this is a set you may never see again.
Trash Talk (US) - This band is sure to keep the mosh warriors well and truly occupied with the all important hit of hardcore. These cats released their latest album '119' last year. The band have been in town on a few occasions, most recently in 2011 where they played Soundwave of that year.
Skindred (US) - Last in town supporting Hollywood Undead in 2011, Skindred left a lasting impression on their Aussie fan base, most of whom are waiting with bated breath for the release of the bands 5th studio album 'Kill The Power' expected to drop later this year.
Volbeat (DK) - Playing a unique fusion of hard rock, heavy metal and traditional schlager music, Volbeat are an original and exciting Danish band, riding high off the release of their much-acclaimed fifth studio album, 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies'. This will mark their first trip to Aussie shores.
Amon Amarth (SWE) - Also flying the Nordic flag will be this Swedish melodic death metal outfit, who released their ninth studio album, 'Deceiver of the Gods' back in June. Prolific and hard-working, they last visited Oz in 2012 playing to rave reviews. They're not ones to be missed.
Terror (US) - This will mark Terror's third Soundwave appearance, having rocked crowds at the 2011 and 2007 editions of the festival and last coming Down Under in 2012. These guys play like hardcore punk never died, even naming their fifth studio album released back in June, 'Live By the Code.'
Whitechapel (US) - Named after the neighbourhood where Jack the Ripper once stalked his victims, this Tennessee deathcore band rocked crowds at Soundwave 2010 and are currently planning the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled album, set to be released in 2014.
Tesseract (UK) - This UK band are seen as djent pioneers in the eyes of their fans and simply prog-metal masters to everyone else. Releasing their second album 'Altered State' back in May to near-universal acclaim, the band will be making their Australian debut at Soundwave 2014.
The Story So Far (US) - Don't sleep on these pop punk rockers from Walnut Creek, California. Their highly praised second album, 'What You Don't See' came out back in March and this group is ready to wow Australian fans with their not-to-be-missed Australian debut.
10 Years (US) - These guys have been around since 2001 without making themselves known as a live band on Aussie shores. All of that is set to change at Soundwave 2014. This hard-working alt-metal group from Tennessee released their sixth studio album, 'Minus the Machine' last year.10 Years
Ill Nino (US) - These guys have been around a while and have garnered some very devoted fans through a steady output of unique Latin metal and awesome live shows. The band was last here for 2011's Soundwave Festival and since then have released their sixth studio effort, 'Epidemia' and played shows to great reviews. Don't sleep on Ill Nino.
Hardcore Superstar (SWE) - Coming from Gothenburg, Sweden, this group had some serious musical weight on their shoulders. They decided 'Screw it' and went in the other direction, playing a glam-heavy metal fusion while remaining majorly heavy. They're making their Aussie debut following the release of their ninth studio album back in February.
Walking Papers (US) - After walking away from two of the biggest acts in hard rock -- Guns 'n' Roses and Velvet Revolver -- Duff McKagan begins anew with Walking Papers. The Seattle-based outfit features members of The Missionary Position and The Screaming Trees, with a 2012 debut that had contributions from Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
Coliseum (US) - Releasing their fourth studio effort, 'Sister Faith' earlier this year, this punk outfit from Kentucky plays a blend of hardcore punk, post-hardcore and punk rock that is heavy, catchy and danceable, and sure to be a blast at Soundwave 2014.
Your Demise (UK) - This will be fans' last chance to see this UK hardcore band, who announced that their upcoming tour will be their last. In their time as a group they've released four studio album and played shows to rave reviews. Don't miss your last chance to see Your Demise.
Our Last Night (US) - If you're a post-hardcore junkie then this a band you won't wanna miss. Having released their fourth studio album, 'Age of Ignorance' last year, this New Hampshire band will be making their Aussie debut at Soundwave and are sure to get the mosh mobilised.
Heaven's Basement (UK) - This Brit hard-rock outfit will give Soundwave punters wings. Signed to Red Bull Records (yes, that Red Bull) these guys have played sold-out dates all over the world, garnering rave reviews and many fans in the process.
Real Friends (US) - This Chicago emo band "like pizza and getting weird" and list their influences accordingly as "Nonna's pizza, late nights, friends." They're sure to bring some good times for the revellers at Soundwave 2014 and are not to be missed.