UPDATE 17/12/15 5.50pm: Soundwave 2016 has been officially cancelled.
The news caps off a massive year for the now Marcus Bridge-fronted Sydney outfit, who recently released their new album Node ahead of a their biggest tour ever across the country this November.
Northlane’s inclusion doesn’t come as much of a shock, either. The fellas were first tapped to play the festival back in March, and then, speaking with Music Feeds just a few months’ later, guitarist Josh Smith played coy (but we totally saw through it), telling us: “We’ll just have to see what happens. I can’t really confirm or deny anything at this point, but the dates are free”.
The Aussie act now join Swedish hardcore heroes Refused, Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Failure, Brisbane rockers Dead Letter Circus and Welsh metal outfit Bullet For My Valentine, all of whom have already been announced for Soundwave 2016.
Festival organiser AJ Maddah has said that another two acts will be confirmed for the festival this week, with two or three to follow the week after that. Then, once early bird tickets are taken off sale, the full first lineup, set to include 22 bands, will be confirmed.
Maddah has previously teased that next year’s lineup would be heavier than usual and will be “all about better bands and longer sets”.
He has also shut down rumours that the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup are headlining the festival, telling Music Feeds, “It’s been nice for me personally to share this fantasy for a few days along with the fans but it is not happening for SW16.”
Catch Soundwave 2016’s festival dates and lineup so far below, and stay up to date with all the latest Soundwave 2016 lineup rumours over at the Music Feeds Soundwave 2016 Lineup Rumours And Info page.
Gallery: Northlane @ Groovin The Moo 2015, Maitland / Photos: Maria Boyadgis
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Soundwave Festival 2016 Lineup
Dead Letter Circus
Bullet For My Valentine
+ more to be announced
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Soundwave Festival 2016
Saturday, 23rd January 2016
Sunday, 24th January 2016
Tuesday, 26th January 2016