After 2016 Soundwave will be no more.
Promoter AJ Maddah has cited ‘hate and stupidity’ as the reason the current festival has failed and posted his comment to Twitter.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) December 15, 2015
However, despite the perception that someone else it to blame for Soundwave’s downfall, the simple fact is ticket sales have not been strong enough to support the calibre of international line-up. Added debt from previous lukewarm events, the collapse of the Big Day Out, the less than frequented Harvest and some bad business decisions have all added to the overall picture.
Simply, the business is riddled with debt.
With administrators allegedly controlling the flow of money it was felt that the best option for the 180+ creditors who haven’t been paid from previous events was to trade out of the situation. Soundwave 2016 was allowed to proceed but then the punters didn’t latch on and ticket sales have been poor. The ABC reports that currently around 12000 tickets have been sold across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. That equates to about 4000 tickets per date. By comparison, the recent One Electric Day, with John Farnham and Noiseworks, attracted 8000 people to the Melbourne event in Werribee just week’s ago.
The final Soundwave line-up
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Killswitch Engage – performing Alive or Just Breathing in full
Dead Letter Circus
Ill Niño – performing Revolution Revolución in full
Frnkiero And The Cellabration
Nothing But Thieves
Devil You Know
Walls of Jericho
Soundwave 2016 dates:
Saturday 23 January, 2016 — Brisbane
Sunday 24 January, 2016 — Sydney
Tuesday 26 January, 2016 — Melbourne (Australia Day public holiday)
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