A string of bands which were all billed on the lineup for the now-cancelled Soundwave 2016, including Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, NOFX and Bullet For My Valentine, have released statements confirming they have cancelled their trips to Australia because of the festival’s cancellation, and have offered glimpses into their future Aussie tours.
NOFX, who were due to play Soundwave sideshows in Hobart and Canberra, have now cancelled both shows and apologised to fans. NOFX member Eric Melvin’s post-Soundwave shows as part of Punk Rock Karaoke have also been cancelled.
Bullet For My Valentine, who didn’t have any Soundwave sideshows or sidewaves lined up, have taken to Facebook to say, “Personally, we’re very sad to see Soundwave not happening, as we’ve had great times on that festival in the past.
“We were looking forward to performing for our Australian fans, after you guys gave us our first Australian Number One record this year with Venom — but we will be announcing our own Australian shows very soon, so watch this space.”
Bring Me The Horizon, who also didn’t have any sidewaves planned, say they’re “gutted” to hear of Sundwave’s cancellation. “Soundwave was without a doubt the best touring festival we’ve ever been a part of and we are sad to see it go,” the band say.
“For anyone hoping to catch us we are sorry, but don’t fret — we are working on our own headline tour to bring to you lot down under for sometime next year. It’s going to be a special one, so we will see you there!”
Soundwave 2016’s billed headliners Disturbed have posted to Facebook saying they are “extremely disappointed”, but are also planning “a more extensive Australian tour” for 2016.
The Prodigy have remained a little more tight-lipped on when they’ll return, but they’ve said they “will be back in Australia in the future”, while Ill Niño have tweeted that they “hope to see you all again one day”.
Terror Universal say they are “very sad” about Soundwave’s cancellation, and have thanked Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah for his work, saying he “did a lot for the Australian heavy music scene.”
“TERROR UNIVERSAL will always be thankful that we performed at Soundwave 2015. It was an amazing experience and a great beginning for TU, in the Australian territory. But have no fear we will shortly announce our return to Australia for early 2016.”
Frank Iero of FrnkIero And The Cellabration has said he’s “bummed” to hear about Soundwave’s demise, but told fans to stay strong because “we’re working on trying to make something happen”.
Nothing But Thieves, Lordi guitarist Amen, Devil You Know, Relient K and DARKC3LL have also released statements on social media in regards to Soundwave’s cancellation and their Australian tour plans. Catch those posts alongside all the aforementioned ones, below.
So sorry to say it but sound wave has been canceled. We will not be in Australia come January but hope to see you all again one day.
— ill nino (@illninoofficial) December 17, 2015
so bummed to hear about the fate of soundwave…but fear not friends we're working on trying to make something happen. keep the faith xofrnk
— frnkiero: Party Dad (@FrankIero) December 17, 2015
:: Gutted about the Soundwave festival cancellation. It's gonna take some time to figure out what we can do but hope to see you soon AUS ::
— Nothing But Thieves (@NBThieves) December 17, 2015
— Amen (@AmenOfficial) December 17, 2015
@Tipene_1993 really hope so!
— Light The Torch (@LTTorchBand) December 17, 2015
@thatgirljess_ yes we will try our best to get over there soon!
— Relient K (@relientK) December 17, 2015
@iamnotshouting sorry to hear announcement. Thanks so much for giving us a chance to be heard. Hopefully we can work together again soon.
— DARKCELL (@DARKC3LL) December 17, 2015