Just 10 days out from its kickoff, Soundwave 2014 is relocating the venue of the closing Perth date of the annual hard and heavy festival.
The WA leg of Soundwave 2014 will no be held at Arena Joondalup, mirroring Big Day Out’s last-minute venue change following ongoing battles with local council at the Claremont Showgrounds.
The good news arrives via Soundwave boss AJ Maddah, who noted in a recent tweet “we’re very close to getting Joondalup done!” speaking of the previously proposed venue shift while putting the finishing touches to the festivals’s set times.
Now the promoter has confirmed the move away from the Claremont Showgrounds and the anti-festival attitudes of Perth’s Claremont Council into the welcoming arms of Joondalup.
@zosheree YES! We just got approved for Joondalup!
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 11, 2014
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 11, 2014
“So excited! Finally no ridiculous sound restrictions or thugs closing down stages!” enthused Maddah recently.
The promoter has had a long-running conflict with the antagonistic attitudes of Claremont Council, who have a storied track record of making life difficult for major music festivals – including battling Big Day Out and Soundwave over curfews and noise regulations, and labelling last year’s Stereosonic punters as “the worst ever,” before voicing concerns over Stereosonic 2013 punters becoming squatters.
“Between the stage[sic] Gov, local council and the assholes at RAS they are making it impossible to do shows,” remarked Maddah last month while discussing his predictions of there being “zero festivals going to WA in 2015” unless issues with local authorities could be resolved.
It’s not the first time Maddah has accused Perth officials of foul play; following power cuts to the 2013 Soundwave WA leg, the promoter slammed local government for their “cheap political stunt.” An experience that soured his views enough that when it came time to launch the Aussie return of the Vans Warped Tour, the festival skipped Perth entirely, directly blaming government for the snub.
Adding in a follow-up tweet: “It’s all about pushing events out of Showgrounds so it can be flogged off to their developer mates for apartments & town houses.” [do action=”pullquote-2″]The promoter has been involved in a long-running conflict with local authorities, specifically the antagonistic attitudes of Claremont Council[/do]
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker and his constituents were also the catalyst for Big Day Out’s last-minute venue change in Perth two weeks out from its kick-off, shifting from the Claremont Showgrounds to Arena Joondalup after Council were furious that Big Day Out had snubbed the council in an application for a 10pm curfew.
Soundwave festival now makes the same 25 kilometre trek north to the City Of Joondalup and its VenuesWest-operated Arena Joondalup, who gladly received the Big Day Out.
The venue change will also mean a change of date given that Future’s underage Good Life 2014 festival already has Arena Joondalup booked for the scheduled Soundwave Perth leg, on Monday 3rd March, though an official announcement has yet to be made.
UPDATE 12/02: Turns out Soundwave is going ahead on Monday 3rd March after all, with Good Life’s organisers – Future Music and Frontier Touring – announcing they are swapping over to Claremont Showgrounds in order to lend Maddah a hand.
“Good Life Festival has agreed to move our Monday 3 March event in WA from our original site of Joondalup Arena to Claremont Showgrounds, with the support of the venue and the local Council,” said a statement issued by Future Music. “We felt strongly about assisting Soundwave with the logistical issues they were faced with, as our finishing time is much earlier than Soundwave.”
Meanwhile, the finishing touches are being put to the Soundwave 2014 set times after drafts were revealed this week, while the lineup recently lost Megadeth after frontman Dave Mustaine announced the metal masters had pullet out of the event.
In related news, Maddah recently opend up about the “ugly” financial losses of Big Day Out 2014 and discussed the return of the Australian Vans Warped Tour, minus one of its East Coast dates.
Soundwave 2014 Dates, Tickets
View drafts of the Soundwave 2014 set times here.
Saturday 22nd February – Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday 23rd February – Sydney, Olympic Park
Friday 28th February – Melbourne, Flemington Racecourse
Saturday 1st March – Adelaide, Bonython Park
Monday 3rd March – Perth, Arena Joondalup Date – NEW VENUE
Soundwave 2014 Lineup
The Living End
A Day To Remember
Alice In Chains
Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
I Killed The Prom Queen
The Ghost Inside
The Danger Kids
Jimmy Eat World
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Panic! At The Disco
Eagles Of Death Metal
Less Than Jake
Rocket From The Crypt
Five Finger Death Punch
August Burns Red
Motionless In White
Black Veil Brides
Dream On Dreamer
Stiff Little Fingers
Thy Art Is Murder
Dir En Grey
In Hearts Wake
I Call Fives
Devil You Know
The Boss Hoss
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Upon A Burning Body
Black Dahlia Murder
Pulled Apart By Horses
Bowling For Soup
The Story So Far
Our Last Night