Turns out, running such a big, successful festival isn’t as easy as you’d think. Just sign bands up and you’re good, right? Actually, it’s a lot more than that. Sometimes it’s too much, which is why Soundwave promoter is letting the festival go in 2017. Read on for more!
Many of us know about Soundwave, the Australian equivalent to our Warped Tour, only they manage to land some bigger acts like Papa Roach and 30 Seconds To Mars. No biggie.
Promoter AJ Maddah has been letting people know via Twitter that come 2017, there will be no more Soundwave. According to Maddah, it’s just too much work, stress, and too much of a risk of investment.
Soundwave 2016 has already been announced, with Bring Me The Horizon listed as one of the headlining acts. Though the dates are announced, it’s still not guaranteed that there will actually be a festival. Bring Me The Horizon has stated that they’re not yet 100% confirmed, and Maddah has been in debates with his ticketing company. The ticketing company has failed to pay the advance due to Maddah, leaving him unable to pay artists their deposits. I’m starting to see why he used “work” and “stress” to describe managing this festival.
Any of our readers in Australia? What do you think of this?
****Update: Last night it was announced that Soundwave 2016 has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.