Image for Soundwave Replacement Festival Legion Plans To Go Ahead In March 2016Soundwave 2015 Sydney / Photo: Yael Stempler

Soundwave Replacement Festival Legion Plans To Go Ahead In March 2016

Written by Michael Carr on December 21, 2015

Devil You Know drummer John Sankey and the man behind the potential Soundwave replacement festival, dubbed Legion has shared some updates on the planned festival in a video message to fans.

Announcing the news via the Legion Music Fest Youtube channel, Sankey told fans that if the festival does happen it won’t be around the scheduled Soundwave dates, but instead in March next year.

Making the announcement along with a bunch of other info, the most interesting tidbit announced other than the date though is that the festival will be funded entirely through Kickstarter, with Sankey wanting to maintain transparency so people know where their money is going.

As a stark contrast to the financial fiasco that was this year’s Soundwave, Legion will only begin to use the money pledged on their Kickstarter campaign after having raised enough to host it.

The video also announced that some of the Soundwave bands have been confirmed (although which bands wasn’t revealed) as well as signalling the festival’s intention to support Australian music and book local metal acts on the bill as well.

“We already have a heap of brilliant bands that have reached out to us and will have confirmations soon so, hopefully, we will be able to start announcing the line up this week,” Sankey  told TheMusic. “We’re going to try really hard not to drip feed the line up to you but, because this is all happening pretty quickly, it might come through in bits and pieces because we want to get you the info as soon as we have it.”

Sankey also addressed the fact that while they are looking into extending Legion to Adelaide and Perth, it would be very difficult for a new festival like Legion to be able to support a five date tour.

He also spoke about the ongoing Soundwave ticketing refund saga, stating that while they won’t be able to give free tickets to anyone still awaiting a Soundwave refund, they are looking into doing something special for those left still owed money.

Watch the whole video for yourself here below.

UPDATE 30/12/15: Legion Festival has detailed its plans for 2016, announcing dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Sankey Update 2016 Legion Music Fest

Legion Festival 2016

Saturday, 26th March 2016
Melbourne

Sunday, 27th March 2016
Sydney

Monday, 28th March 2016
Brisbane

Friday, 1st April 2016
Adelaide (Club mini-festival)

Saturday, 2nd April 2016
Perth (Club mini-festival)

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