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Soundwave 2016 Officially Cancelled

Written by Tom Williams on December 17, 2015

UPDATE 18/12/15: A stack of Soundwave 2016 acts, including Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, NOFX and Bullet For My Valentine, have cancelled their trips to Australia because of the festival’s cancellation, and have offered glimpses into their future Aussie tours.

UPDATE 17/12/15 6.50 PM: Soundwave’s ticket agent says the festival is responsible for your refunds.

The fate of Soundwave 2016 has been decided, with the festival now officially cancelled and “definitely” not returning in 2017. Sadly, Soundwave 2015 is likely to have been the festival’s very last run.

Posting to Twitter, Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has confirmed the festival’s cancellation, saying, “I am devastated to have to announce the cancellation of Soundwave 16 due to poor ticket sales. I am very sorry. I tried my best.

“Thank you to all the fans, bands and people who supported the event for the last 12 years,” he added. “I wish we could have ended it on a better note.”

Maddah also noted that refunds will be available “from point of purchase”, and urged ticket-holders to “be patient an wait [for] contact from Eventopia”.

Doubts surrounding the future of Soundwave 2016 escalated recently, with festival drawcards Bring Me The Horizon surprising Australian fans by saying they weren’t completely locked in for the tour, despite being announced on the Soundwave lineup. Fellow SW16 acts NOFX and Frenzal Rhomb also cast doubt on the festival’s fate.

Since then, international act L7 pulled the plug on their Soundwave appearance, while it has been revealed that at least two of the the festival’s advertised venues have not yet confirmed any bookings for the 2016 event, a mere 37 days out from its supposed kickoff.

Maddah has also said the festival won’t run in 2017. “It’s a lot of hard work, stress & risk in return for which we get hate & stupidity #OverIt,” Maddah said, before also confirming the Soundwave Touring company will soon cease to exist.

Replying to a punter today about whether the touring company will survive in some form, Maddah said he “can’t see it” happening, adding that he’s “flat broke and physically and spiritually crushed. Hopefully others will pick it up & run with it.”

Yesterday Maddah implied that the fate of the festival’s 2016 dates were in the hands of “some scumbags at Eventopia/Tickete[k]”.

Eventopia has denied that they had a say in the survival of Soundwave 2016, and released a statement, directing all concerns to Maddah. In response, the promoter accused the ticketing company of failing “to give SW a scheduled advance to pay deposits to NOFX and [Bring Me The Horizon].”

Soundwave 2016 was scheduled to take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in January, featuring acts like Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Deftones, Killswitch Engage, NOFX and Bullet For My Valentine.

Soundwave 2016 ticket-holders are entitled to refunds, and Maddah has said all The Soundwave Society (TSS) members will also be offered their money back.

Soundwave spread to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide after originally beginning as Gravity Soundwave in Perth back in 2004. Today, unfortunately, the event appears to have reached its end.

Thanks for the memories, Soundwave.

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Soundwave Festival 2016 — CANCELLED

Saturday, 23rd January 2016
Brisbane

Sunday, 24th January 2016
Sydney

Tuesday, 26th January 2016
Melbourne

Soundwave Festival’s Cancelled 2016 Lineup

Disturbed
Bring Me The Horizon
The Prodigy
Deftones
Killswitch Engage
NOFX
Bullet For My Valentine
Public Enemy
Refused
Ill Niño
Metal Allegiance
Hatebreed
Soulfly
Terror Universal
Northlane
Dead Letter Circus
L7
frnkiero andthe cellabration
Nothing But Thieves
Frenzal Rhomb
Failure
Lordi
Devil You Know
Moose Blood
Relient K
Walls Of Jericho
Darkc3ll

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