UPDATE 20/08/14: The Soundwave Festival 2015 lineup has arrived! Full details here.
Soundwave 2014 is now but a memory and fans now have only their merch to remind them of the good times. Despair not, as there’s only 34 weeks left till Soundwave 2015 and Music Feeds is here to keep you up to speed with all of the news, leaks, rumours, and who’s confirmed for the lineup!
In order to make punters’ dreams just a little more vivid, Music Feeds has decided to create a place for Soundwave fans to come and get all the latest info coming out of Soundwave HQ and, of course, the main man when it comes to Australia’s premier hard rock festival: Mr Arash “AJ” Maddah.
This page will be subject to constant updates and revisions so that we can keep you up to date with everything Soundwave 2015-related, from date and venue news, to ticket release times, pre-sales, and prices, as well as general hype and news, and of course, the all-important SW15 lineup.
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The Soundwave 2015 lineup has finally arrived (see below) after months’ worth of rumours and sleepless nights for metalheads and punk fans desperate to know what’s on the menu next year. Soundwave’s first-ever two-day event is topped by Faith No More, Soundgarden, and Slipknot.
In the days following the lineup announcement, there’s been plenty of new info about Australia’s favourite hard rock festival. All eyes have now turned to the second lineup announcement, which AJ Maddah recently revealed will arrive some time in September bearing “around 14” new bands.
Maddah has also revealed that despite previous claims, there will not be a fourth headliner added to the current lineup. He said he decided to go with Marilyn Manson and Slash instead of a fourth headliner, though held out the possibility of another headliner if the right band presented itself.
Despite previous comments indicating that organisers try to avoid “repeat[ing] bands every year” and booking “too many bands that have toured in the previous 18 months“, the promoter has informed Music Feeds that the Soundwave 2015 lineup could potentially have one returning band.
For fans looking to share a little one-on-one time with their favourite bands, i.e. a few seconds, and maybe get a shirt signed, Maddah has confirmed that “everyone, besides Slipknot, is invited to do signings.” Maddah said having Slipknot in the signing tent would result in “fucking pandemonium“.
Maddah has also teased the announcement of a “Justice League Of Rock” supergroup on the impending second lineup for the 2015 event, which is believed to feature another 14 bands. Although the promoter has yet to mention any names, speculation has already begun. He also said he was just one “metal band” away from being ready to announce the second lineup.
AJ Maddah has revealed that this year’s venues will be exactly the same as last year’s. Adelaide will be held at Bonython Park and Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse on the first weekend of the tour, then Sydney at Olympic Park and Brisbane and RNA Showgrounds over the second weekend.
The most obvious change between Soundwave’s 2014 and 2015 events will be the much talked-about elimination of festival’s Perth leg, though he has confirmed he’s working on an airline deal for West Australian fans.
Asked about the possibility of an expansion to Auckland, Maddah previously told a follower it was a “maybe.”
Maddah has informed a Twitter follower that festival organisers are “close to a deal with Virgin [Airlines]” for Western Australian residents looking to fly in for Soundwave.
Maddah revealed via Twitter (in keeping with his usual MO) that Soundwave 2015 would see some mega date changes, being the first year the festival will be held across two days, on the same weekend in Adelaide and Melbourne, then the next weekend in Brisbane and Sydney.
“So half the bands play day 1. The other half play day 2. They criss-cross Saturday/Sunday in each city,” the promoter said.
“Putting the line-up across 2 days enables us to minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, better staging, production & infrastructure. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.”
Soundwave Festival 2015 Confirmed Dates
Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Bonython Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland
The members pre-sale for Soundwave 2015 tickets launched two days after the lineup dropped, with general public tickets set to go on sale Friday, 29th August at 9am local time. Maddah has indicated that single-day tickets will go on sale with general public tickets if weekend passes don’t sell out.
Weekend tickets will set you back $188 + booking fees, while the single-day tickets, if indeed released, will be priced at $132 + booking fees. General public tickets will be available for purchase through the official Soundwave Festival website, as well as official ticketing outlets.
Organisers have now confirmed that one-day tickets to Soundwave 2015 will indeed hit sale with the release of general public weekend tickets. Both rounds of tickets will be available from 9am local time this Friday, 29th August, with one-day tickets priced at $132.00 + booking fees.
Punters are already asking Maddah about which bands will be spending some one-on-one time with their fans, though the promoter has indicated that the matter has not yet been discussed with most of the bands on the lineup. Maddah did, however, find the time to declare headliners Faith No More and Slipknot “exclusive to the festival” along with “a few others” not yet specified.
According to Maddah, Sidewaves will most likely fall between the two weekends of the festival, though “one or two” may be scheduled for before the tour commences or after it finishes. There will be more room for Sidewaves as there will now be five days between festival weekends instead of four, however Maddah has indicated that there will now be “less Sidewaves per city.”
With no Soundwave in Perth, Maddah was asked about the possibility of staging Sidewaves instead. The promoter gave a definitive “no.” Regarding the possibility of rural shows, he said, “Most bands love Aus and would play Wagga if given the chance. Generally not feasible though.”
The closure of Melbourne’s beloved The Palace means double bad news for Melburnians. In addition to sending shockwaves throughout the city’s live music scene, Maddah has confirmed its closure will affect Sidewaves in the Aussie live music hub “big time,” as well as headline tours.
Having previously told fans that the possibility of Adelaide Sidewaves depended on how well festival tickets sold in the city, Maddah recently gave one follower a sobering update on the situation, tweeting, “At this rate there will be no Adelaide sideshows.”
While things are suddenly not looking so good for the South Australian capital on the Sidewaves front, Maddah has confirmed New Zealand will receive “a few” sideshows this time around and possibly “a mini fest done by [a] NZ promoter.” It’s not the first time that there’s been talk of a NZ Soundwave.
In the wake of Maddah’s departure from Big Day Out, the promoter stated on Twitter that it is “possible” that a Soundwave showcase could come to New Zealand in place of BDO. He also stated that if Soundwave NZ does indeed go ahead, Olly Martin, the promoter of Westfest — an Auckland-based event with a hard rock-centred lineup that is similar to Soundwave — would be involved in some capacity.
Maddah has confirmed that Melbourne will get its “fair share” of Sidewaves and that they will mostly be held in the week following the festival, mainly “Monday to Wednesday”.
Though timetables for SW14 came a few weeks before the event was set to launch, Maddah told a follower earlier this month that the timetables for 2015 “are just about done.” When asked recently when fans could expect their arrival, he replied, “With 2nd announcement. It is already done!”
Naturally, the festival’s new two-day format will see some big changes applied to the timetables and the staging of the event. When Maddah first announced the new format, he insisted that “putting the line-up across 2 days enables us to minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, [and] better staging.”
Though the promoter had previously stated that next year’s festival would occur across seven stages as opposed to 12, he recently revealed that bands will play across just five stages. “[Five] per day. So 10 in effect,” he told followers. He also reiterated that there would be “longer sets.”
As for what fans can expect from the timetables, Maddah has confirmed that Lamb of God will perform on the metal stage and will “probably clash partially” with one of the day’s headliners, Faith No More and Soundgarden. The latter two will be taking care of business on the main stages. Maddah recently indicated that the clash between LOG and FNM is currently expected to be “10 mins“, though it “may change”.
Fans of Fall Out Boy and Slipknot will have something of a dilemma on their hands, with the ‘Day 2’ headliners confirmed as clashing with the pop punk heroes.
Fans of Slipknot and Marilyn Manson won’t have any problems on their hands, Maddah has assured Twitter followers that there’s “no chance” of a clash as they’ll be “on [the] same stage,” along with Papa Roach and Slash.
Despite only being around for a brief period of time, the sheer calibre of Antemasque‘s members will see them make their Soundwave debut on the main stage alongside Faith No More and Soungarden, so don’t worry about clashes.
Though he admits he’s not sure, he doubts that Fireworks and The Color Morale will clash, and feels likewise about a clash between Crossfaith, Of Mice & Men, Butcher Babies, and Slipknot.
While Maddah’s already confirmed that Judas Priest won’t be performing on the main stage, he’s now added Fall Out Boy and Crossfaith to that list.
Fan of Tonight Alive and All Time Low are in luck. “From memory I think both are playing early afternoon on main stage,” says Maddah.
Sydney fans have received confirmation from Maddah that the Day Two Sydney main stage timetable will play host to a set by Marilyn Manson on stage 1A, with Slash on 1B and then Slipknot back on 1A. He also confirmed the annex stages will return
Maddah has said that the Soundwave 2015 timetables will arrive “shortly after” the second lineup is announced and that the acts featured on that lineup will play sets that are “spread over both days”.
Please note: Nothing on this page is confirmed until officially announced by Soundwave organisers.
UPDATE 20/08/14: The Soundwave Festival 2015 lineup has arrived! Full details here.
- Faith No More
- Lamb Of God
- Gerard Way
- New Found Glory
- Fear Factory
- Hollywood Undead
- The Aquabats
- Area 7
- Crown The Empire
- The Interrupters
- Icon For Hire
- Emily’s Army
- Patent Pending
- The Bennies
- The Color Morale
- Nothing More
- Ne Obliviscaris
- The Treatment
- Slash w/Myles Kennedy
- Marilyn Manson
- Fall Out Boy
- Judas Priest
- All Time Low
- Papa Roach
- Of Mice & Men
- Escape The Fate
- Tonight Alive
- Butcher Babies
- The Swellers
- King 810
- This Wild Life
- The Wonder Years
- Frank Iero: Maddah replied “OK” when asked about the possibility of the former My Chemical Romance guitarist appearing on the second lineup announcement.
- Overkill: Having promised a good old-school metal band for the second announcement, Maddah gave an enthusiastic “Why not!” when asked if Overkill would ever play Soundwave.
- Millencolin: Maddah simply smiled when they were mentioned on Twitter.
- Andrew McMahon: Maddah’s hoping he can get him for the second announcement.
- The Pretty Reckless: There’s a “50/50” chance right now.
- A Loss For Words: The band emailed Maddah, who looks keen to get them to SW15 before they disband next year.
- Lacuna Coil: “Very good chance I reckon.”
- Sydonia: Plans appear to be in motion.
- Halestorm: When last asked about the group, Maddah indicated that they may be booked for SW15 at a later date.
- Evergreen Terrace: Maddah’s “hoping to get them in for 2nd announcement.”
- Falling In Reverse: “As always, a work in progress…”
- Psychostick: Maddah said he does think they’ll come out for SW at some point.
- Fucked Up: Asked if he’d be bringing them to Oz again soon, Maddah smiled.
- Set It Off: Maddah told the frontman over Twitter, “We’d love to have you!”
- Fuckface Unstoppable: Maddah has asked him to get in touch.
- PVRIS: Maddah’s been in touch with the group.
- Anti‐Flag: Asked if there’s a chance, Maddah simply smiled.
- Devin Townsend Project: There’s a chance.
- Skyharbor: Maddah says there’s a chance.
- Twelve Foot Ninja: Asked if there’s a chance, Maddah said, “Yeah.”
- The Ocean Collective: Maddah’s been in touch with the band about taking over an in-limbo Australian tour.
- Exodus: Maddah said he’d be in touch with the group.
- Philm: Maddah’s “had some correspondence, nothing concrete though.”
- Relient K: “Maybe.”
- The Menzingers: Maddah’s hoping to bring them back soon.
- Audio Reign: Maddah’s asked the band to get in touch about playing SW Adelaide.
- In This Moment: “Possible.”
- The Contortionist: Maddah doesn’t know them, but looks to be interested.
- Sworn In: “Great young band. Will happen sooner or later.”
- Huntress: Maddah’s considered them for Soundwave.
- Devilskin: Maddah said he would “check them out”.
- The Amity Affliction: “Those guys are family and can play whatever they want whenever they want.”
- Sunny Day Real Estate: Chance? “F-ck yeah.”
- I See Stars: They’re “definitely welcome back.”
- Defeater: Maddah said “Yep” to a consideration.
- Torche: “I’d def be interested in having them on.”
- The Lawrence Arms: “Would be happy to” book ’em.
- Rival Sons: “Will invite them to SW15.”
- Skillet: “Not opposed.”
- The Front Bottoms: “Happy to bring them to Aus!”
- Cherri Bomb: “Have them contact me.”
- LostAlone: They’re in the “happy to have them” pile.
- Bury Tomorrow: Maddah’s happy to have them.
- Arcane Roots: Maddah wishes he’d booked them for ’14.
- Airbourne: “Wouldn’t rule them in or out at this stage.”
- New Years Day: “Def possible.”
- Emperor: Any chance? “Sure.”
- Entombed: Appeared on proposed ’14 lineup.
- Fishbone: Maddah loves ’em.
- Glamour of the Kill: Firm “maybe.”
- Midtown: Maddah’s “all over it.”
- Don Broco: “Definitely” a chance, says Maddah.
- Whitechapel: “Why not!”
- Attila: “Why not!”
- Powerman 5000: Maddah’s gonna go “see their people.”
- Rev Theory: Not currently on Maddah’s list, “but that may change.”
- Asking Alexandria: Maddah says 2015 return is probable “at some point.”
- One Ok Rock: “Possible.”
- Bayside: “Maybe,” says Maddah.
- Four Year Strong: Strong maybe.
- Immortal: Maddah would consider them.
- Melvins: Maddah says they can play “any time.”
- Counting Crows: Maddah “would love to have CC play SW.”
- Municipal Waste: Maddah says “Why not!”
- Anthrax: The thrash metal legends have an open invite to SW.
- Mike Patton: “Mike can do whatever he wants at SW,” says Maddah.
- Linkin Park: Maddah says they’re welcome back any time but SW15 “might be too soon to recycle a headliner.”
- King Parrot: “Why not?” says Maddah.
- Flogging Molly: Celtic punk rockers are a “possibility.”
- Parkway Drive: “Happy to have them. The rest is up to them.”
- The Bronx: There’s a chance you’ll see them at SW 2015.
- Everclear: Maddah says “Yep” to a chance.
- Dead Letter Circus: “Worthy of a place on SW!” says Maddah.
- Karnivool: Maddah deems them “worthy.”
- Deftones: Maddah says they’re “worthy” of a spot.
- Royal Blood: Maddah would be “well happy” to have them.
- DZ Deathrays: Maddah says he’d be “well happy” to have ’em.
- Memphis May Fire: “If they contact me, I’d probably book them,” says Maddah.
- Jason Newsted: Maddah would “love to have him” for either SW or a tour.
- Crashdiet: After an unfortunate turn of events last time, Maddah says they’re in the running for 2015.
- The Smith Street Band: They’re a possibility.
- Young Lions: “Quite possible.”
- Nonpoint: Some very strange social media activity is pointing towards a potential Aussie tour or Soundwave appearance.
- Mallory Knox: Maddah says there’s “definitely” a chance of seeing them out here soon.
- Hands Like Houses: Maddah’s “[trying] to make it happen.”
- Motley Crue: Though Maddah says they never got in touch, recently announced Japan dates the weekend before SW can’t just be a coincidence, right?
- Dethklok: “Happy to have them.”
- Dragonforce: “Maybe Dragonforce.”
- Billy Talent: Maddah says they “can come over as often as they want.”
- Turbonegro: Maddah’s “always” wanted them.
- At The Gates: Though he’s not looking at them at the moment, he said “remind me April.”
- The Pretty Reckless: In with a chance.
- Job for a Cowboy: Don’t count them out and “remind me April.”
- Dope: “If the band are active,” he’ll consider them.
- Canterbury: They’re on Maddah’s radar and he’s happy to have ’em.
- Maximum the Hormone: Firm “maybe.”
- Bad Brains: Were supposed to play back in ’09.
- Holy Grail: They’re on the “happy to have them” list.
- Architects: In for a chance.
- Set Your Goals: Said “yep” to possibility of a headline tour.
- Theory of a Deadman: Don’t count ’em in, don’t count ’em out.
- Black Stone Cherry: Maddah “wouldn’t rule them in or out at this stage.”
- Kings of Chaos: Were nearly booked for ’14.
- The Wonder Years: Maddah says he’s “sure” a tour will happen.
- Drowning Pool: Were a “maybe” for ’14.
- Pop Will Eat Itself: Wouldn’t have to twist Maddah’s arm.
- Deaf Havana: Maddah plans on bringing them back.
- We Butter the Bread With Butter: “Possible!”
- Arcane Roots: “Hopefully.”
- Chevelle: Chance? “Yep.”
- Nostalghia: This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
- Within Temptation: “[Within Temptation are definitely due.”
- Falconer: Maddah says he would consider them.
- In The Moment: “I’d be into that”
- Lordi: Maddah “surely would” consider it.
- Intervals: “Why not?”
- Polar Bear Club: Maddah is “mental for that band” and “would love to see them back!”
- Heaven Shall Burn: Definite chance of a tour soon.
- Megadeth: “Soon as I have an apology to Aus fans from Dave Mustaine.”
- Hands Like Houses: In with a chance.
- Katatonia: “More than worthy of a SW spot. Does not always work out w touring plans, etc.”
- Three Days Grace: Maddah has had a meeting with the band’s people.
- Jane’s Addiction: Maddah would be happy to have them.
- Darkc3ll: Maddah says it’s “inevitable” that he and the Brisbane industrial outfit will work together again.
- Palms: “If they want to play I’d love to have them on.”
- Shinedown: “Definitely a maybe.”
- Make Them Suffer: “Probably!” says Maddah.
- Chelsea Grin: They’re a “probably.”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers: After a follower told Maddah they “want chilli willi,” he replied only with a smile.
- The Devil Wears Prada: “TDWP maybe.”
- Buried In Verona: “Possible.”
- Every Time I Die: Asked if there’s a chance for SW15 or a tour, Maddah said, “Yeah. Quality band!”
- Kill Devil Hill: “Maybe…”
- Electric Six: Maddah says that would be “awesome!”
- Goatwhore: Maddah said the lineup is almost done but he’s still fine-tuning and thanked the Twitter follower for reminding him of the band.
- Cradle of Filth: When asked if they’d tour or appear at SW in the next few years, Maddah replied, “Why not.”
- Joan Jett: Asked if he’d ever consider her for SW, Maddah said, “Yeah.”
- Evanescence: Asked if they’d tour or appear at SW in the next few years, Maddah replied, “Why not.”
- Zebrahead: “Haven’t heard from them in a while.”
- Manowar: Maddah’s tweets indicate negotiations aren’t going great.
- Motion City Soundtrack: Band are hoping to return in 2015.
- Dallas Frasca: Doesn’t look likely.
- Skeletonwitch: Taking over their cancelled tour wouldn’t be fair to the other promoter.
- Emigrate: Maddah’s never heard of ’em.
- Mr Bungle: “I am hopeful and will keep trying.”
- Pixies: “Fuck yeah”, Maddah would be up for that one.
- Sikth: Maddah loves them but isn’t sure if he can fit them on.
- Circa Survive: “Possible but not probable” for the second announcement.
- System of a Down: “Don’t hold your breath.”
- 30 Seconds to Mars: “Not [a possibility] at this time.”
- Mötörhead: Open invitation from Maddah.
- Skunk Anansie: Were promised a ’14 spot, wanted too much money.
- Hatebreed: Playing ’14 was discussed.
- Puscifer: “Unlikely,” due Maynard James Keenan’s Tool commitments.
- Dir En Grey: No plans for them, says Maddah.
- Skillet: “Minimal” chance, says Maddah.
- Taproot: The band say it’s “highly unlikely,” and Maddah didn’t protest.
- Killswitch Enage: The band’s (really) recent tour likely takes them out of the running.
- Voyager: Maddah’s not sure if he can fit them on Soundwave 2015, but they are firmly on his radar.
- We The Kings: Maddah has no idea what’s happening with the Floridian rock group.
- Good Charlotte: Hustled for a place on SW ’14.
- Dropkick Murphys: Haven’t been ruled out for future SWs.
- Say Anything: “Probably not.”
- Volbeat: Maddah says he “met with their people… Putting a plan together atm,” most likely for a tour.
- Buckcherry: Maddah says they’ve got a “minimal” chance of returning due to recent tour.
- Killer Be Killed: “Not sure” about this epic metal supergroup.
- Sepultura: Recently announced headline tour may take them out of the running.
- Neurosis: First-ever Australian headline tour likely takes them out of the running.
- Corrosion Of Conformity: Though Maddah says he would consider them if they got in touch, a new headline tour likely takes them out of the running.
- Protest the Hero: There was a chance, now a headline tour looks like it’ll take them out of the running.
- Kings Of Leon: When asked if KOL would ever play a SW, Maddah said, “That’s a question for them.”
- Sleepwave: Haven’t been confirmed yet and time is running out.
- Body Count: Chances are “not good.”
- Babymetal: Uncertain. “It is very difficult to get answers from their people,” says Maddah.
- Twenty One Pilots: They’re invited.
- Dimmu Borgir: Should check their inbox.
- All That Remains: Maddah says SW15 or a headline tour is “highly possible.”
- Our Last Night : “Would love to have them back. Such a good band.” says Maddah.
- DevilDriver: “No. They were just here.”
- Weezer: Not happening.
- Anarbor: Nope.
- Arch Enemy: “Life’s too short to work with bad people.”
- Blaze Bayley: “Just don’t think there would be enough demand.”
- Bloodhound Gang: No chance.
- Toxic Holocaust: “Nope.”
- Breaking Benjamin: “Nope.”
- Caliban: Look out for them on a future Soundwave lineup.
- Gogol Bordello: “Gogol was not available.”
- Against Me!: The band priced themselves out of a Soundwave spot.
- Angels & Airwaves: No chance.
- A Pale Horse Named Death: Remind Maddah to book them for 2016.
- State Champs: Recent tour takes ’em out of the running.
- Funeral For A Friend: Asked if he would consider bringing them back, Maddah said, “Probably not.”
- Issues: “Band was just here.”
- Social Distortion: “Not till 2016.”
- Me vs Hero: Maddah’s never heard of the group, making them pretty unlikely.
- Skid Row: “Better off doing club tour,” says Maddah.
- Sebastian Bach: Maddah reckons the Skid Row frontman would be better off with a “club tour”.
- Five Finger Death Punch: No SW15 or tour. “They were here this year,” says Maddah.
- Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties: Maddah’s not aware of any 2015 appearances.
- Anvil: “Were never on the cards for SW15.”
- Rise Against: Maddah has confirmed they won’t be on the second lineup.
- Reel Big Fish: Not happening. “Sadly the Fish are a bit overcooked,” says Maddah.
- Snot: “I don’t think there would be enough interest now.”
- Ace Frehley: “Won’t happen for SW.”
- Our Last Enemy: “They never even contacted me.”
- Emarosa: “No. Sorry. didn’t know they were still around.”
- Like Thieves: Not ready for Soundwave in Maddah’s opinion.
- Twenty One Pilots: Not happening on the second announcement.
- Parkway Drive: Asked if there was a chance of a SW appearance, Maddah replied, “Nope.”
- Bush: “Not this time.”
- Bless The Fall: “No. I have a policy of not working with folks who have fucked me over before.”
- Sevendust: “No. Three cancellations is quite enough for this life time,” said Maddah.
- Hellyeah: Chances are “zero.”
- Black Label Society: Though the band was invited, “we couldn’t meet their fee demand.”
- Prodigy: Band’s demands for “CRAZY STADIUM money” took them out of the running.
- In Flames: Soundwave 2015 isn’t happening, though a headline tour looks to be in the works.
- Chiodos: They were never likely, but a headline tour in Jan 2015 essentially rules them out.
- Rush: Although Maddah “got on quite well” with the band, the band will be too expensive to tour here
- Guns N’ Roses: Would you book them?
- Saxon: Maddah doesn’t want them following their 2011 cancellation.
- The Offspring: No chance. “They wont be back for at least a couple of years.”
- Sugarcult: No chance.
- Havok: “Nope.”
- Puddle of Mudd: Maddah called them “Puddle of Shite.”
- Witchcraft: “Nope.”
- Orange Goblin: “Nope.”
- You Me At Six: Headline tour getting in the way.
- Candlemass: “Nope.”
- Grand Magus: “Nope.”
- Guttermouth: “Nope.”
- Behemoth: No chance
- Avatar Metal: Maddah says “good band” but “too obscure” for Soundwave
- Limp Bizkit: No chance.
- Paramore: Band have the year off, as far as Maddah knows.
- Neck Deep: “Were just here and already have an Aus promoter so no, would not have them on SW.”
- Manchester Orchestra: No chance for SW, “headline tours are in the works.”
- A Day To Remember: Not happening, “they did it last year!”
- Story Of The Year: “Not this time.”
- Rancid: After trying for 10 years and having no luck once again, Maddah has claimed that Rancid “[are] not coming back to Australia.”
- The Smashing Pumpkins: Maddah says frontman Billy Corgan is hungry for a headline tour instead.
- Ensiferum: “Not this time.”
- The 69 Eyes: No chance.
- Danzig: Though he said he would love to tour him again, it’s “too difficult” for SW15.
- Bad Religion: Chances are “slim to none!”
- The Donnas: Maddah doesn’t think there’d be enough interest.
- Basement: Recent tour rules them out.
- Nightwish: Looks like some improper actions on the band’s part have taken them out of the running.
- The Gaslight Anthem: Pretty good chance of a tour, but no Soundwave appearance.
- Flaw: “Nope.”
- Bowling For Soup: “No to BFS.”
- Trivium: “They have to do a headline tour. No more festivals.”
- Iron Maiden: Not happening. “They won’t tour again til 2016.”
- Balance & Composure: Band already has an Australian promoter.
- H2O: Maddah hasn’t heard from them since they bailed from Warped.
- Unwritten Law: Not happening.
- Meshuggah: “Zero” chance, says Maddah. “Not available.”
- A Skylit Drive: Maddah doesn’t work with them.
- AC/DC: AJ Maddah wants to make it happen one day. “Not SW15 sadly.”
- Shihad: Maddah would love to have them on but SW’s fully booked.
- Spineshank: Maddah tried, but “one of them cannot leave the US for a while.”
- Vader: Their people never got in touch with Maddah.
- Opeth: Frontman says they’d prefer to do a headline tour.
- We Came As Romans: “No. They were here [with] Warped,” said Maddah.
- The Used: Despite promising comments from the frontman, Maddah says a headline tour takes them out of the running.
- King Diamond: Not this time around, though Maddah would still love to have him in the future.
- Sixx AM: “Not this time. Totally open to having them in the future.”
- The Blood Brothers: “Didn’t happen because I am a complete tool and forgot to contact them.”
- Title Fight: Not happening. “Majority of their fans would rather see them in small venue,” said Maddah.
- Adelitas Way: Not happening at SW15, but Maddah gave the band an enthusiastic “You got it!” for 2016.
- No Doubt: “We tried for SW15. They asked for OUTRAGEOUS money,” said Maddah.
- Black Sabbath: Cannot handle the SW schedule.
- Rage Against The Machine: “2016 maybe.”
- At the Drive-In: Maddah’s skeptical about these veterans getting back together.
- Brody Dalle: “No.”
- Twisted Sister: “Would not consider at all.”
- Scott Stapp: Uh, Maddah hasn’t really thought about it.
- Electric Wizard: “Nope.”
- Alesana: Maddah won’t work with the band’s manager anymore.
- Switchfoot: “No thanks.”
- Marianas Trench: Maddah won’t work with them.
- Fozzy : No tour this year
- Rammstein: “They’re taking 2015 off.”
- Monster Magnet: “Not this time.”
- Bodyjar: Nope.
- Watain: Not happening.
- The Jesus Lizard: Though Maddah loves the band, he wouldn’t book them for SW.
- Black Veil Brides: Maddah has “decided to not work with them again.”
- Seether: No chance.
- Brand New: “Definitely not SW. Working on a headline tour,” says Maddah.
- Scar The Martyr: No chance.
- Alice Cooper: “Most of his fans are old and do not want to go to a festival.”
- Mushroomhead: “Let’s get you back here for a tour next year!” Maddah told the band.
- MxPx: “No. They’re done.”
- Disturbed: “I tried. Unlikely for 2015,” says a despondent Maddah with a sad face.
- Enter Shikari: No chance for SW as they’ll be in the US, but we still have a chance of seeing them in 2015.
- Ashes Remain: “Nope.”
- Tenacious D: “Zero chance.”
- Tool: Upgraded to a definitive “nope.” Maddah previously said he’d go for them “if there’s a new album,” which now looks like it’s going to take a long while.
- Staind: Maddah says they’re unlikely to come back and he’d rather not work with them if they ever do.
- Sleepmakeswaves: The already confirmed Ne Obliviscaris suggested them to Maddah, but weren’t willing to give up their own spot so it looks like SW16 is more likely.
- Pierce The Veil: No chance, “sorry.”
- The Icarus Line: “They are massive fuckwits who break shit and leave $3000 phone bills behind.” Guessing that’s a no.
- Misfits: “Misfits no longer exist. Jerry Only’s cover band sucks ass.”
- The Cab: Not playing as far as Maddah knows.
- Primus: An appearance at Big Day Out 2014 takes them out of the running.
- NOFX: The punk veterans have already announced an Australian tour for November 2014.
- Between The Buried And Me: “Not this time.”
- Suicidal Tendencies: “Not this time.”
- Infectious Grooves: Not happening this time.
- Paramore: Won’t be back for “quite some time.”
- Far Away Stables: Maddah can’t fit them on this year.
- Death From Above 1979: Maddah’s very fond of them, but not this time.
- Slayer: No chance.
- Crowbar: They’ll be here for a co-headline tour next year.
- Sodom: Not happening. “But they would have been if someone had bothered to contact me,” says Maddah.
- Sabaton: Not happening. They already have an Aussie promoter.
- Dream Theater: Maddah’s happy to have ’em, but probably not straight after an Aus tour.
- Handguns: “In order to play SW they would have needed to contact me a good 2 months ago.”
- Stone Temple Pilots: “Not avail,” said Maddah. We’re guessing that’s a no.
- Northlane: “Not this time.”
- KMFDM: Didn’t make it this time, but Maddah would love to have them in the future.
- P.O.D.: Too “crap” for Maddah.
- Taproot: Not happening. These guys “have day jobs now.”
- Carnifex: “Not this time.”
- Bring Me The Horizon: Not this time.
- Foo Fighters: It’s not gonna happen.
- Anathema: Just played and “they already have a promoter for Aus.”
- Steel Panther: Asked if there was a chance of a Soundwave return, Maddah said, “None.”
- Cavalera Conspiracy: “Nope. Max is doing something else at that time.”
- Marmozets: “Not this time.”
- X-Japan: Not happening. “They will never tour now,” says Maddah.
- Machine Head: “No. They’re not [playing].”
- Amen: “Not this time.”
- HammerFall: “Not likely for 2015 unless someone drops out. If not, def 2016.”
- Bullet For My Valentine: Not happening. “They are recording at that time.” However, Maddah reckons a headline tour with Coldrain and While She Sleeps next year “could just work.”
- American Head Charge: “Not this time,” says Maddah.
- Dog Fashion Disco: Asked if they’re on the second announcement, Maddah said, “No.”
- Yellowcard: Band’s management “works exclusively with another promoter.”
- Motionless In White: Working on a headline tour for “late 2015” instead.
- The Unguided: Maddah says no.
- Unearth: Not happening.
- Dead by April:No chance.
- 36 Crazyfists:Not playing.
- Kaiser Chiefs Maddah says they would have “definitely” been on the lineup if not for the fact that “we’re full and they are fucking horrible”.
- Mark Tremonti: Not for SW 2015
- Audioslave: They are not the mystery Soundwave supergroup
- Die Antwoord: Maddah says there’s “zero” chance they’re on the second lineup
- Murderdolls: As far as Maddah knows they’re “still suing each other”
- Sixx:A.M.: They’re a “side project not a supergroup” says Maddah
- Them Crooked Vultures: The mystery group is “not that super”