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Soundwave 2014: Everything you need to know

Get the deets on tickets, the rumoured lineup and next year’s ‘metal revival’…

While most of us are still recovering from 2013’s Blink 182, Linkin Park and Metallica trifecta, next year’s Soundwave bill is going intimate.

With the rumour-mill churning out some seriously juicy lineup suggestions, we’ve done a bit of our own investigating to narrow down the confirmed, likely and ruled out bands for the 2014 gig.

So here’s what we know:

The Size:

Organiser AJ Maddah has already confirmed that next year’s line-up won’t be as crazy as the 2013 bill, tweeting:

“We’re not going to top it. It was our 10th anniversary, so a one-off big show.”

The festival is downsizing to around 60 bands, with set clashes cited as the key reason for downsizing.

The Changes:

SKA bands will be sneaking onto the bill, alongside a range of heavy Japanese acts announced for the festival’s very first ‘Japan Stage.’ This year’s stages will also be named, instead of numbered.


Tickets are yet to be released, but will probably set you back between $180- $185 (when you add GST and booking fees).

The Lineup:

There’s nothing we love more than a few leaked confirmations to get the ball rolling.

For starters, Newsted – the side project of Metallica’s former bassist, Jason Newsted – was confirmed mid-August. Swedish metal rockers Crash Diet are also looking like definites, while Sparks the Rescue are expected to make an appearance after they failed to make the Warped lineup.

Nine Inch Nails, Our Last Night, Trivium and Panic! At the Disco are all rumoured to make the bill, with Mr. Maddah confessing he invited the bands himself. Plus, they’ll all conveniently be in Australia early next year…

Other likely favourites include Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Bowling for Soup, Nancy Vandal and Kylesa. Rumours have also circulated around garage rock band Royal Republic and Streetlight Manifesto, after Maddah let slip that it was “quite possible” for the bands to make the final SW14 cut.

At least 50 other bands have been name-dropped or slyly acknowledged by Maddah via Twitter - proving he’s not only the most powerful player in Australia’s music biz, but a massive tease - including Godsmack,Volbeat and Strife. To keep us guessing, Make Them Suffer, DevilDriver and The Unguided have also received specific mentions.

Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine, Bullet for My Valentine and You Me At Six are officially out of the running, with Fall Out Boy also ruled out due to management issues.

The Dates:

Brisbane – Saturday, February 22

Sydney – Sunday, February 23

Melbourne – Friday, February 28

Adelaide – Saturday, March 1

Perth – Monday, March, 3

Keep it locked to for the full lineup announcement coming this Friday.

— Alyce Wearne

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