The lineup for the Adelaide leg of Soundwave 2015 has just expanded courtesy of triple j Unearthed, who today announced that local boys A Ghost Orchestra will be joining the likes of Slipknot and Smashing Pumpkins at this year’s festival.
A Ghost Orchestra will be given the opportunity to open Soundwave 2015 in their home state in Adelaide on Sunday 22nd February. They’ll be playing on the Slipknot and Smashing Pumpkins festival day and according to the latest timetables will be opening up proceedings at 12.20pm on Stage 1.
According to their Unearthed profile, the four piece hardcore act formed in 2012 and have cut their teeth playing alongside Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, Protest the Hero and Silverstein.
They released their Vile Hymns EP last year, including the track Hesitator — the video for which can be viewed below. “We feel overwhelmingly privileged to be playing Soundwave Festival Adelaide this year,” the band wrote on Facebook. “A big shout out to triple j & triple j Unearthed for getting us this spot!”
Triple j Unearthed will be announcing more unsigned additions to the Soundwave 2015 lineups for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over the next few days.
Last year’s winners of the triple j Unearthed Soundwave competition were Mt Gambier melodic hardcore outfit Sierra, Melbourne punk rockers Ceres, Perth death metal group Xenobiotic, Newcastle punks Trophy Eyes and Brisbane groove metal band Chronolyth.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that A Ghost Orchestra will play at Adelaide Soundwave on Saturday February 21st – this is incorrect. They will play on the Slipknot/Smashing Pumpkins-headlined day which is Sunday, 22nd February.
Watch: A Ghost Orchestra – Hesitator
Gallery: Soundwave 2015 – Day 2: Know Your Lineup
Sliknot (US): You wanted the best? You got the best. Slipknot last played Soundwave in 2012 and every year since, fans have been begging to see them return. This time around they'll have songs from their long-awaited fifth studio album and a mysterious new drummer in tow.
Slash (US): Any history of heavy music would be incomplete without one name and one top hat. The one and only Slash last played Soundwave in 2011 and will be bringing a career's worth of unforgettable hard rock anthems to Soundwave 2015.
Marilyn Manson (US): The former Public Enemy No. 1 last brought his full-fledged assault of a live show to Soundwave in 2012. Since he first appeared on the scene, Manson's performances have been notorious for their energy, power, and production.
Fall Out Boy (US): While everyone was arguing over what was pop, what was punk, and what was emo, these Illinois natives were busy writing and recording five top-selling albums, touring the world, and amassing legions of devoted fans. Personally, we reckon that's earned them a spot at Soundwave.
Judas Priest (UK): Though "legendary" is an often bandied-about descriptor, it really only applies to a handful of bands. The mighty Judas Priest is one of them. In fact, it's safe to say that many of the bands on the Soundwave 2015 lineup wouldn't exist if it weren't for Priest.
Godsmack (US): These Boston stalwarts will be heading over for their debut Australian outing, poised to show Aussies what's made them one of the biggest hard rock acts in America. Music Feeds recently caught up with drummer Shannon Larkin who said fans can expect "the baddest ass set we can imagine."
All Time Low (US): From humble beginnings as a high-school band performing Blink-182 covers, All Time Low now command a loyal international following and have produced five albums' worth of quality pop punk tunes that consistently reap acclaim for their skilful songwriting and singalong choruses.
Papa Roach (US): It seemed that for many fans, attending Soundwave 2015 rested on just one band. Fans had long been pestering AJ Maddah to bring the California veterans to Soundwave and a new album scheduled for 2015 could mean some new tunes when they finally take the stage.
Of Mice & Men (US): The California metalcore favourites will be touring on the strength of new album 'Restoring Force', which they released to high acclaim back in January. The band last played Soundwave in 2013, stirring such a buzz that Maddah knew he'd have to bring 'em back soon.
Escape The Fate (US): The Las Vegas masters are returning to capitalise on the wave of positive reviews that met their 2010 Soundwave debut. The band are sure to be airing plenty of tunes from their last album, 'Ungrateful', which they largely self-produced.
Apocalyptica (FIN): This Helsinki group will be on many must-see lists in the lead-up to Soundwave 2015. Composed of three classically trained cellists and a drummer, Apocalyptica are unique, talented, and above all, heavy.
Lagwagon (US): Rising at the same time that Green Day and The Offspring became household names, Californians Lagwagon make punk rock that's melodic as it is irreverent and witty. The band performed at the first-ever Soundwave in 2004 and will be touring on the strength of 'Hang', their first album in nine years.
Tonight Alive (AUS): Another chance for Aussies to show a homeland crowd what our bands are made of, Tonight Alive's second Soundwave appearance will once again bring the energy and magnetism of frontwoman Jenna McDougall, backed by the band's dynamism and musicianship.
Crossfaith (JPN): As always, fans demanded a strong Japanese contingent for the next Soundwave and Maddah has well and truly delivered. These Osaka metalcore favourites command a huge international following and put on a live show that is unrivalled at home and abroad.
Butcher Babies (US): "This is one festival that everyone talks about as being something that you have to experience in your music career, and kind of a staple in your career," vocalist Heidi Shepherd told Music Feeds. And from what we've heard of their spectacular live shows, we can only hope that Soundwave becomes a staple for Butcher Babies.
Confession (AUS): One of the earliest acts to be confirmed for Soundwave, which wouldn't have happened if fans hadn't demanded that they make the lineup. Melbourne's own Confession will be touring in support of their powerful new album, 'Life And Death', which features the controversial single 'Fuck Cancer'.
The Swellers (US): Since 2002, these Michigan rockers have been building a loyal following based on consistently solid live performances and album after album of well-crafted melodic punk rock, suffused with elements of indie rock, hardcore, garage rock, and pop.
Conditions (US): Maddah had a pact with these Richmond, Virginia natives and we couldn't be happier that everyone kept their word. Conditions' second appearance at Soundwave will be their last-ever, as the band announced their dissolution and a farewell tour late last year.
Coldrain (JPN): Another group that was announced as part of The First Wave, Coldrain are ready to take it to the next level, having conquered audiences all across Japan. And the band certainly know what they're in for. Speaking to Music Feeds, vocalist Masato said, "I’d be [at Soundwave] as a fan even if I wasn’t playing."
King 810 (US): Talk about your reputation preceding you. If there's one band that's bringing shock rock into the 21st Century, it could well be King 810. The Flint death metallers are renowned for their confronting live shows, where the crime scene tape that festoons the stage could become vital at any moment.
Dayshell (US): The latest from former Of Mice & Men vocalist Shayley “Dayshell” Bourget, Dayshell craft warm melodies and gnashing guitars, pairing them with heavy rhythms and soaring chorsues. With no “scene” restrictions and a desire to push boundaries, this could be Bourget's most vital project yet.
This Wild Life (US): Expanding the boundaries of what pop punk can be, these Californians told Music Feeds that they take pride in being "the odd man out." But with their finely crafted acoustic tunes, warm vocal melodies, and diary-like lyrics, we expect they'll quickly be accepted by the crowds at Soundwave 2015.