4:30PM AEST: OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM SOUNDWAVE TOURING: Mini festivals and multi-band lineups to replace the festival.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Revolution Festival.
Many of the festival bands will still be coming to Australia in that time period and team up to bring you some very special shows. These will include multi band/mini festival line-ups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We will be announcing these events in the next 7 days.
Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically as soon as it can be processed. If you purchased from an outlet, refunds will be available next week from point of purchase."
As of 4:50PM, Soundwave have also closed their Facebook wall to stop people posting about the event.
The first planned Soundwave Revolution event has been cancelled, according to Soundwave Touring promoter, AJ Maddah.
The rumours of cancellation started earlier today, with Steel Panther's drummer Stix Zadinia, who were on the bill. In a series of since deleted tweets, his Twitter account read “Just got word from our management that the whole festival is cancelled. I hope I’m wrong but I was told it’s official. Anyone hear same? Maybe we’ll still come out and rock anyway! I’m hoping it can get worked out. We wanna rock u guys in Oz.” Website The Vine did apparently get a direct in depth tweet from the drummer, but this was also deleted.
Triple J then attempted to contact Soundwave directly in relation to the rumours, but recieved no comment nor denial of the situation.
Earlier this afternoon around 3:30PM AEST, Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah went on air to radio station Nova 969fm that the festival was cancelled due to the headliner from the second announcement (originally meant for release August 1st, then August 3rd, then cancelled) had pulled out. Listen to the audio or read the transcript:
"The situation as we know it has been cancelled. The situation is that we were scheduled to make a second announcement on the 1st August, which had our festival co-headliner on that announcement. Their circumstances changed at the last minute and they had to pull out. And unfortunately we don't have enough time to replace them. And we didn't really want to go ahead with an incomplete line-up.
We were supposed to make the public announcement this evening anyway. But what we wanted to do—because a lot of those bands are still coming and we are creating packages and what have you, for them to do in clubs and other venues—we wanted to be able to make the full announcement at 1pm. So that we could say the festival in its format is no longer happening. That these shows are taking its place. Unfortunately one of those artists jumped the gun.
The people that have already bought their tickets—I think it's nice enough that people that have already purchased their tickets by credit card, in which case those tickets are automatically refunded. And the small percentage that might have bought it from outlets, they'll be able to get a refund I expect.
Had we had been able to have our second headliner and make our second announcement, I think we wouldn't have had any issues. And it wasn't for the fact of not being able to attract the artists, I guess we were victims of certain artists circumstances or what have you. I think the Australian festival market is still very strong.
Obviously we love our fanbase and we try to do what's best for them. And we could have taken the option of limping through with the line-up as we have now. It still would have obviously been a much better financial outcome for us than to go through the road we have – but we just didn’t want to put an inferior product on the market.
Revolution was a one-off but yes, Soundwave 2012 will be back in February and the line-up is massive."
There has been no way to get an official comment from Soundwave, with a release due later tonight. Both the official website and Facebook pages still show the festival on sale, with tickets still able to be bought on the webpage. The dates for Soundwave Revolution were:
Brisbane, 24th September 2011
Sydney, 25th September 2011
Old Kings Park & Surrounds
Melbourne, 30th September 2011
Western Hwy & Ferris Rd
Adelaide, 1st October 2011
Perth, 3rd October 2011
The AU Review will bring you more as this develops.