Soundwave's promoters know Japan makes great rock music. In the past several years Japanese bands have been billed for many Soundwave festivals and then pulled out (X-Japan, Maximum the Hormone, yes, we mean you) but this year Japanese artists were all over the Soundwave tour - Coldrain, Crossfaith and my personal favourites, ONE OK ROCK.
Japanese rockers ONE OK ROCK delivered an incredible set at Soundwave Festival in Brisbane yesterday. Andrew Wade was there and brings us this epic photo gallery from their performance:
With Soundwave Festival commandeering one of the most loyal fan bases to a festival in Australia, it's always a slight disappointment to see the focus on overseas acts rather than some of the rising stars of the local heavy scene - thankfully, the 2015 season has addressed this, bringing Melbourne grinders King Parrot, Smith Street Band fellows and 420-friendly jamsters The Bennies and the avant-garde take on black metal of Ne Obliviscaris.
Deadlines and multi-day festivals do not mix. Day 2 of Soundwave should really feel like a slog, but after getting into the grounds and witnessing the onslaught of King Parrot, you can't help but feel reinvigorated. Check out them and the other antipodean offerings for this years edition of the festival in the featured photo gallery/review "The Locals".
Soundwave, the undeniable king of summer festivals, has stepped it up a notch this year with the expansion of two days and a vertible slay of headliners including Slipknot, Faith No More, Slash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the finest undercard for quite a few years.
Despite being a massive fan of the sum of the parts in Killer Be Killed (aka The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, Mastodon's Troy Sanders and The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch) it was one of those things that kind of passed me by - thinking that it would be the standard side project-slash-supergroup that always tends to be more of a ego-boost than anything really resulting in anything worth listening to.
Fucked Up are one of those special experiences - one of those perfect festival bands, with the dedicated fanbase turning out wherever they pop up, and the absolutely amazing performance that will draw in any curious bystanders and immediately convert them.
The Laneway Festival is back doing the rounds once again, and this is the year that it seems to have come back at us with an incredibly solid line-up. From FKA twigs to Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett to Banks, Mac DeMarco to Pond and to top it off, the choice of Flight Facilities or Flying Lotus - it is clear Laneway has delivered.
The Laneway Festival rolled into Australia for the first time in 2015, bringing FKA Twigs, St Vincent (pictured), Pond, Mac DeMarco and more to Brisbane!
Future Music Festival - one of Australia’s premier electronic music festivals - was a writhing pit of visceral pandemonium that began with tens of thousands of dance and electronic music fans thankful to the elemental gods for a day of blue skies. I knew, even before I entered, I was on a safari into the belly of a metaphorical shirtless, musical, beast on pills. Hashtag 'bulkin’ for Future.'
How quickly another Soundwave comes around. It doesn't seem like a month has passed since Metallica, The Offspring and Blink-182 were topping the bill in 2013, but here we are again with a new crop of bands, another fantastic line-up, and a new set of timetable clashes to ponder. First world problems aside, this year's timetable looks healthy and enticing across the board, and with the standard cancellations and what festival promoter AJ Maddah referred to as 'pissing contests' between bands in the past and a weather report mostly free of rain, it's game on at Fortitude Valley's RNA Showgrounds.
Soundwave is back for another year, and Brisbane got annihilated first. Check out all the photos from the day! All photos by Andrew Wade for the AU review.
Each year when the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival lineup is announced initially there’s both the excitement of spotting a band you’ve always wanted to see and also a vague general intrigue for the few other names you recognise from some blog or other. By the time the festival rolls around however, it’s impossible to imagine what your record collection would be like without half of those bands you were mildly interested in just a short time ago.
Part 2 of the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane photo gallery shows off The Jezabels, Lorde (pictured), Savages, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Danny Brown, Jagwar Ma, and CHVRCHES.
Photos by Andrew Wade.