The champagne is currently being popped at Soundwave’s office today, as news comes in that all five dates of the Soundwave 2013 festival have now officially sold out.
The news was broken on the festivals official Facebook page this afternoon. “Thanks Perth!” the message read. “We are now SOLD OUT in all 5 cities! Simply amazing everyone, we appreciate the support and look forward to delivering the best Soundwave yet! See you all at SOUNDWAVE 2013 in February/March.”
Tickets for Melbourne and Brisbane all sold out in record time, literally within hours of being put on sale, and Sydney followed just a few short hours later. Adelaide followed suit about two weeks later, leaving Perth as the last remaining date with tickets.
But just under a week later, Perth has also finally sold out, no doubt helped by the fact that the pre-sale for the event was so strong that only 15% of total tickets were left allocated for this morning’s general public sale.
The huge vote of confidence is sure to put wind in the sails of AJ Maddah and his Soundwave team, ensuring the festival will be a huge success for artists and a financial boon for Soundwave Touring after trouble in 2011 which saw the inaugural Soundwave Revolution collapse.
But that hiccup is just a distant memory for the touring powerhouse, and it’s not too much of a surprise when you take into account the truly massive list of high-profile acts that festival boss Maddah has ensnared for the Soundwave 2013 bill.
Glancing at the Soundwave 2013 lineup, the allure is obvious. Punters racing to catch three of metal’s ‘Big Four’,with the second round announcement seeing Slayer joining headliners Metallica and Anthrax; or wanting to see Blink 182 – complete with fear-of-flying drummer Travis Barker – in their first Austalian show in over a decade.
Then there is the more populist acts rounding out the bill, including arena-rock’s Linkin Park, pop-punk veterans The Offspring, along with the likes of Garbage and Paramore. Along with a solid taste of the heavy and hard variety, such as Bullet For My Valentine, Tomahawk, Stone Sour, Kyuss Lives – the list goes on and on.
There’s one act we can subtract from the billing however, though it’s not quite a cancellation.
With the newly-reformed A Perfect Circle announced for the Soundwave 2013 bill, rumours swelled that frontman and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan would be bringing his humorous side-project Puscifer along for the ride – only for them to be shot down, then yesterday – confrimed again.
It now turns out that Puscifer’s confirmation – originally coming from the group’s co-vocalist, Carina Round in a tweet – was nothing but a “bad joke.”
So to clarify, Puscifer WILL NOT be playing Soundwave 2013, again coming from the twitter of Carina Round, who wrote today after yesterday’s ‘confirmation’ spiraled out of hand: “Sorry guys. Bad joke.” Seems appropriate considering the band’s controversial brand of humour…
Still there’s plenty left to enjoy from Soundwave 2013′s immense lineup, which we’ve included below to remind those of you lucky enough to score tickets just what a treat you’re in for.
SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2013 // FULL LINEUP
A PERFECT CIRCLE / THE OFFSPRING / PARAMORE / SLAYER / GARBAGE / CYPRESS HILL / BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE / TOMAHAWK / STONE SOUR / BRING ME THE HORIZON / KYUSS LIVES / ANTHRAX / SUM 41 / DRAGONFORCE / ALL TIME LOW / FLOGGING MOLLY / GHOST / DUFF McKAGAN’S LOADED / BILLY TALENT / MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK / MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE / THE AMITY AFFLICTION / SICK OF IT ALL / KINGDOM OF SORROW / FOZZY / THE LAWRENCE ARMS / SLEEPING WITH SIRENS / CANCER BATS / THE BLACKOUT / GALLOWS / MADBALL / FUCKED UP / VISION OF DISORDER / PIERCE THE VEIL / PERIPHERY / SHAI HALUD / OF MICE & MEN / THIS IS HELL / MISS MAY I / DANKO JONES / LUCERO / WOE, IS ME / THE WONDER YEARS / POLAR BEAR CLUB / WHILE SHE SLEEPS / CEREBRAL BALLZY / THE EARLY NOVEMBER / SUCH GOLD / SIX FEET UNDER / THE DEAR HUNTER / DEAF HAVANA / RED FANG / VERSUS THE WORLD / BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR / CONFESSION / CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! / SYLOSIS / MEMPHIS MAY FIRE / CROSSFAITH…and more to be announced
SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES
SATURDAY 23- BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY 24 – SYDNEY, OLYMPIC PARK – SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY 1 – MELBOURNE, FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE – SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY 2 – ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK – SOLD OUT!
MONDAY 4 – PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!