UPDATE 17/12/15 5.50pm: Soundwave 2016 has been officially cancelled.
After the stacked bill of the two day Soundwave 2015 festival delighted fans with three official headliners – and more major acts added along the way – festival boss AJ Maddah has indicated the 2016 festival could host just one headline act.
When asked by a fan on Twitter if he is looking at two or four headliners for Soundwave 2016, Maddah replied with “maybe even 1”. He didn’t mention if he already had an act in mind for that single coveted spot.
It has already been confirmed that the 2016 festival will return to a single day format after a brief experiment as a two day event this year. Soundwave will only visit Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2016 and will be held in January, much earlier than usual, around the same time the Big Day Out usually takes place.
Maddah also said he’s aiming to get around 45 to 50 bands for the festival’s 2016 lineup. Two of those acts will likely be Aussies Violent Soho and Northlane, who have both already been given the nod.
It has also been confirmed that English rockers Muse will not perform as part of Soundwave 2016, due to their commitments in the US at the time, while Germany’s Rammstein have also been ruled out. Keep up with the others names in the running for those spots, over at our dedicated Soundwave 2016 Lineup Rumours and Information page.
Soundave 2016 is also expected to see the introduction of a special member’s club, dubbed the Soundwave Secret Society. Official details on that are expected to be announced soon.
Soundwave 2015 was headlined by the likes of Slipknot, Faith No More and Soundgarden and also featured The Smashing Pumpkins, Slash and Marilyn Manson.
Soundwave 2015 Sydney, Day 1 – Olympic Park, 28/02/15. Photographed by Liam Cameron
Soundwave 2016 Could Have Just One Headliner - Music Feeds
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) March 26, 2015
@Batten95 I am aiming for around 45 to 50.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) March 25, 2015