Soundwave 2015 Will Be A Two-Day Festival

Written by Nastassia Baroni on 30th June, 2014

Soundwave 2015 Will Be A Two-Day Festival

AJ Maddah has taken to Twitter to reveal massive changes for his flagship festival Soundwave in 2015, announcing an expansion to a two-day festival, held across the same weekend in Adelaide and Melbourne then the next weekend in Brisbane and Sydney.

Maddah made the announcement via his overactive Twitter account today, revealing that Soundwave 2015 will be held over two days in each city, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. “So half the bands play day 1. The other half play day 2. They criss-cross Saturday/Sunday in each city,” the promoter said.

“Adelaide & Melbourne will be the 1st weekend of the festival. The dates for these 2 cities are Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. Sydney and Brisbane will be the 2nd weekend of the festival; held over Saturday 28 and Sunday March 1.”

“The ticket price for the 2 days will be the same as last year. $185 + booking fees. These will be limited in number. There will also be a number of day tickets available at $120 + booking fees. I am hoping that offering day tickets will make festival experience available to those who may not be able to afford weekend tickets.”

The entire lineup will be announced at once, presumably in August as previously indicated, and weekend tickets will then go on sale. The lineup will then be split into individual days when day tickets go on sale.

“Putting the line-up across 2 days enables us to minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, better staging, production & infrastructure. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.”

The promoter noted that not only did this give the festival twice as much dark time for bands to deploy their best light show, but also that headliners won’t be forced to play in the middle of the day like other two day events.

He also clarified that there would be less stages, with the bands who would usually play on those moving to bigger ones. It will also not be a camping festival.

The promoter finished by thanking SFX Stereosonic for providing “advice and guidance” on two-day festivals.

Maddah had previously commented that the 2015 festival would undergo some date changes in an effort to curb lost business as a result of clashing with Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 and the Sydney Showgrounds’ Gift Show.

AJ Maddah confirmed earlier this year that 2014 would be his Soundwave’s last stint in Perth, telling fans, “[One] more year like this one in Perth and there would be no [SW] anywhere.”

The full Soundwave 2015 lineup announcement is set to land in August, but there’s already plenty of bands rumoured for the 2015 lineup. Talking to Full Metal Lockdown podcast last week Maddah revealed Soundwave Festival is currently set to feature four headline acts and said he was optimistic that Fear Factory and King Parrot will play the festival.

The first band confirmed for Soundwave 2015 were Melbourne progressive metal act Ne Obliviscaris. Maddah has also said that Richmond-based group Conditions will likely be booked for the festival.
Soundwave 2015 Festival Dates

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Bonython Park, Adelaide, South Australia

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland


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