The Soundwave Festival 2015 announcement is just around the corner (hopefully) so AMH writers have taken a look at some bands that we hope/wish/want on the 2015 line up. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below who you’d like to see on the line up.
Rise Against – Many people are expecting that Rise Against will be one of the headliners of Soundwave Festival 2015, but that doesn’t stop us stating that we want to see the band at the festival in 2015. The band have just released their new record The Black Market, so it seems a logical fit for one of the biggest punk rock bands in the world to play Australia’s biggest punk rock catering festival. Lets hope the team at Soundwave throw in a few Sidewaves for the band while they’re at it. GJ
Machine Head – The band are no strangers to wonderful culture of Soundwave, and with years of anticipation towards a follow-up record to the monstrous ‘Unto the Locust’, a new album would be the perfect opportunity to touch base downunder. Soundwave has been a common arena for global musicians to debut brand new music to large and excitable audiences. As Machine Head would say, “bang your fuckin’ head”. RA
Conditions - Now I know that the band and AJ apparently have a ‘pact’ that the band were going to say farewell at Soundwave Festival 2015, but we all know sometimes farewells aren’t fairytales. The band posted a teary goodbye video online the other week, so maybe they have called it quits and won’t be appearing down under in 2015? Come on Conditions, we want to hear that goodbye video soundtrack ‘Make Your Art‘ one more time! GJ
Four Year Strong – The band were in hibernation for quite some time. recently returning with a new EP Go Down In History. The band have always been a huge hit on Soundwave Festival with great high energy sets filled with great singalongs, and attractive beards is always the added bonus. CL
Gerard Way – The former My Chemical Romance front man has released some solo material lately and has an album due out late in 2014. He is set to play a small set at Reeding and Leads Festivals in the UK and already has a huge fan base down under. It would definitely be a pretty left field inclusion on the line up and probably won’t happen, but as we’ve seen with Soundwave before, anything is possible! GJ
Dayshell – Dayshell is the band of former Of Mice & Men clean vocalist Shayley Bourget. The band released a killed debut self-titled album late in 2013 that deserved a lot more attention. They have been making waves throughout the US, touring with many large international acts. Soundwave is reknowned for taking a punt on new acts and they could do much worse than giving Dayshell a slot on the bill. RP
Wovenwar - After a very situationally unfortunate period for the instrumentalists of As I Lay Dying, the metalcore masters have returned with even more riffage in their new beast Wovenwar. With a new vocalist and a more creative outlook, Wovenwar are set to blow up in the metal sphere very soon. What better way to accelerate this process than blowing Australia away at the very first mutli-leg two-day Soundwave festival. RA
Midtown – Soundwave Festival has brought down many sought after reunions over the years, and one that has constantly been brought up by fans has been that of Midtown. The New Jersey pop punk band reunited for a couple of shows earlier this year and have mentioned their desire to keep the reunion going. With front man Gabe Saporta having already played the festival previously and the band rumoured year in and out, Soundwave 2015 could well be the chance Australian fans have been looking for. And right off the back of the tenth anniversary of their last album Forget What You Know – what could be more perfect. LB
Mayhem – If the quality of their latest collection of unholy blackened parables is anything to go by, Australia needs to see Mayhem at Soundwave 2015. With Satyricon flying the black metal flag last year, the time has come for their fellow Norwegians to make their festival debut in Australia and deconsecrate every city the Soundwave circus makes its way to. Their live show is blistering and if their last visit to our shores was anything to go by, they are in career best form. DT
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Jack’s Mannequin may be finished, and I’ve all but given up hope for Something Corporate will ever bring any reunion shows to Australia, but fans of frontman Andrew McMahon can still hold out hope that his new solo project Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will reach our country in the near future. Given that McMahon has done a solo tour with Soundwave in the past, as well as playing the festival twice with JM, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see the singer on next years Soundwave lineup. RF
Opeth - There are very few, if any, bands that can match the sheer technical skill and ferocity of Opeth while also maintaining the level of diversity in their music that they do. With their new ablum ‘Pale Communion’ hitting shelves in just over a month, the band are officially due for another visit to Australia. Promoter AJ Maddah has said that he’d have the band on if he could give them at least an 80 minute set, which may just be possible given the festival’s new two-day format! RF
Royal Blood - UK’s Royal Blood have burst onto the scene since their inception in 2012. Playing Glastonbury, South By Southwest and supporting giants Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park, they’ve carved a name for themselves early in their career. With their debut LP set for release on 25 August 2014 Soundwave would be an ideal introduction to Australia for their garage/blues rock sound. AK
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