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Rise Against Ruled Out Of Soundwave 2015

Though they seemed poised for a Soundwave debut next year, AJ Maddah has ruled out Rise Against for the 2015 lineup. The band was strongly rumoured to be one of the names on the festival’s upcoming second lineup announcement after confirming that tour dates had been penciled in for February.

Rumours of a potential Soundwave appearance from the Chicago punk outfit first sparked back in June after singer Tim McIlrath told Music Feeds that the group, who released new album The Black Market in July, were considering several options that would bring them Down Under “in the first half of 2015“.

McIlrath later told Triple J that the band was looking at one of “two different tours” that would bring them over around “February/March”. Meanwhile, festival promoter Maddah indicated back in February that the band would “definitely” appear, though he later stated that he was merely “hopeful” they would.

When asked about a potential Soundwave appearance from Rise Against or fellow rockers The Gaslight Anthem earlier today, Maddah replied, “Neither. Sorry.” Maddah previously indicated that The Gaslight Anthem would likely tour in 2015, with the band telling Music Feeds that they are shooting for February.

However, things could be looking good for fans of Swedish punk rock outfit Millencolin. When the band was suggested to Maddah by a Twitter follower earlier today, the promoter replied only with a smile. Millencolin previously worked with Maddah when they toured as part of the Vans Warped Tour Australia.

Rise Against had been speculated as one of the four headliners promised for 2015. However, Maddah recently confirmed that there would not be a fourth headliner, saying he decided to book Slash and Marilyn Manson instead, though another headliner could be booked “if the right band presents itself”.

After confirming last month that headliners Faith No More and Slipknot will be exclusive to Soundwave 2015 and will thus not perform at any sideshows, the promoter also recently revealed that Marilyn Manson could potentially be added to that list. “At this point [Marilyn Manson is] festival only,” he told a follower.

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