Judas Priest To Play Headliner-Length Soundwave Set

UPDATE: The third and final batch of bands for Soundwave 2015 have been announced! Details here.

Soundwave 2015 boss AJ Maddah has confirmed heavy metal legends Judas Priest will play a full 90-minute set at next year’s festival, the same amount of time believed to be allotted to headliners Faith No More, Slipknot and Soundgarden.

Earlier this year on Twitter, Maddah confirmed the set times will run as “90 to 100 mins for headliners. 70 mins for top bands. 60 mins for middle bands. 40 mins for small/new bands.” Though Judas Priest are not officially announced as a headlining act, according to Maddah’s comments today the extended set time was granted at the behest of the band themselves.

“Can’t take any credit. I had them down for 75 minutes. they insisted on 90,” wrote the promoter. The extended set time will allow the metal icons to properly unveil Redeemer of Souls, their 17th studio album, as well as their extensive back catalogue.

As is well-known by now, the festival will move to a two-day format next year in an aim to minimise clashes, allow longer set times and increase the opportunity for bands to play after dark.

The third and final Soundwave 2015 lineup announcement is expected to be revealed this coming Wednesday, 17th December. Maddah previously promised that bands on the third lineup announce will be “slightly bigger” than the second announcement, which included the likes of Dragonforce, Animals As Leaders, Fucked Up, and supergroup Killer Be Killed.

Also expected to drop soon are the festival timetables which Maddah has said are due sometime before Christmas. With the majority of the bigger sets already attributed to the headliners and other big names like Judas Priest and presumably the fourth-billed Marilyn Manson, it’s hard to imagine any bigger names than those already announced fitting onto the schedule.

See all the latest Soundwave 2015 news at our dedicated Soundwave feed.

UPDATE: The third and final batch of bands for Soundwave 2015 have been announced! Details here.

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