Soundwave 2016 Officially Cancelled

Written by Tom Williams on 18th December, 2015

Soundwave 2016 Officially Cancelled

The fate of Soundwave 2016 has been decided, with the festival now officially cancelled and “definitely” not returning in 2017. Sadly, Soundwave 2015 is likely to have been the festival’s very last run.

Posting to Twitter, Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has confirmed the festival’s cancellation, saying, “I am devastated to have to announce the cancellation of Soundwave 16 due to poor ticket sales. I am very sorry. I tried my best.

“Thank you to all the fans, bands and people who supported the event for the last 12 years,” he added. “I wish we could have ended it on a better note.”

Doubts surrounding the future of Soundwave 2016 escalated recently, with festival drawcards Bring Me The Horizon surprising Australian fans by saying they weren’t completely locked in for the tour, despite being announced on the Soundwave lineup. Fellow SW16 acts NOFX and Frenzal Rhomb also cast doubt on the festival’s fate.

Since then, international act L7 pulled the plug on their Soundwave appearance, while it has been revealed that at least two of the the festival’s advertised venues have not yet confirmed any bookings for the 2016 event, a mere 37 days out from its supposed kickoff.

Maddah has also said the festival won’t run in 2017. “It’s a lot of hard work, stress & risk in return for which we get hate & stupidity #OverIt,” Maddah said, before also confirming the Soundwave Touring company will soon cease to exist.

Soundwave 2016 was scheduled to take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in January, featuring acts like Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Deftones, Killswitch Engage, NOFX and Bullet For My Valentine.

Soundwave spread to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide after originally beginning as Gravity Soundwave in Perth back in 2004. Today, unfortunately, the event appears to have reached its end.

Thanks for the memories, Soundwave.


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