Oh Soundwave. You’ve had some ups and downs this year, haven’t you? From bands pulling out, Twitter wars and crowd injuries, you’ve still managed to pull off one of the most successful national festival tours we’ve seen in some years. The pure scale of the festival has always managed to daunt me, but it wasn’t until I actually stepped foot in the Bonython Park venue that I realised how mega this year’s Soundwave was setting up to be. This year, AJ Maddah had set out to create a festival to be, in the words of Wayne Campbell, double live gonzo. Intensity in ten cities. Live at Budokan.
Ah, Soundwave. To be pitted against walls of the black-shirt-clad masses and be pummelled with blast beats and breakdowns until the spirit breaks. Or, in my case, burnt to a sunny crisp by 3PM and bounce around between bands until your feet give out. A fun day for sure!
Pictured: Sleeping With Sirens.
The Soundwave Festival kicked off at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds for another huge year with headliners Metallica. Heath Carney was there to catch all the action.
In this issue: Blood on the Dancefloor, Motion City Soundtrack, Kyuss Lives and more Soundwave-bound artists announce headline shows!