Hardcore Superstar Explain Soundwave Cancellation

Swedish hard rock outfit Hardcore Superstar have confirmed they will not play at this year’s Soundwave festival, citing a disagreement over playing times as their motivation. It follows the revelation by promoter AJ Maddah that the band were threatening cancellation if they weren’t allotted their preferred time slot.

Taking to their Facebook page this morning, the band wrote to fans, “We are so sorry to inform you that HCSS are no longer attending Soundwave Festival 2014.” Of their reasoning the band wrote, “only days before our flight, changes were made and placed HCSS in a spot that was too far away from our original agreement.”

“We hope to be back under other circumstances as soon as possible. Again, We´re so sorry for this,” they added. Maddah also made reference to the the time slot row, telling one Twitter follower, “HCSS said they would not get on the plane unless they were on after 4pm as their stature demanded!”

Maddah seemed unimpressed with the suggestion that the disagreement could be solved by giving the Swedes the now vacant time slot that would have been occupied by Newsted until their shock, last- minute cancellation yesterday.

“Once the [sic] maanegr of a band that means zero in this territory tries to extort you 5 days out from the show,” he wrote. “It tends to diminish your enthusiasm for the band.” Maddah also mentioned he was deciding whether to extend set time or add local acts to fill the vacant slots.

Hardcore Superstar are now added to the long list of acts who have cancelled their festival appearances. Such acts include, Newsted, Conor Oberst‘s Desaparecidos, Tennessee’s Whitechapel and the highly publicised jump-ship by Megadeth after frontman Dave Mustaine butted heads with Maddah online.

Earlier this year, Stone Temple Pilots and Sevendust also pulled out of the festival favourite, citing “scheduling conflicts” and “issues out of our control” respectively, although they were later revealed to have disputed money with Maddah.

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