AJ Maddah “devastated” there won’t be a Perth Soundwave in 2015

Promoter AJ Maddah says he’s “devastated” this weekend’s Soundwave festival show in Perth will be the last to be staged in the city.

Speaking on Ballarat community radio station The Voice last night, Maddah blamed a “perfect shitstorm” of reasons including high operating costs and government interference for the decision. While Metallica were allowed to play their full set at Perth Soundwave last year, organisers were forced to cut the sound early on all the other stages. “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Maddah explained. “It’s really, really sad but the reality of the situation is that Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have been subsidising Perth since the thing went national.”

According to Maddah, the decision to drop Perth from the schedule could make tickets for the 2015 shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide $20 cheaper. “It’s also the combination of the perfect shitstorm of the Perth governments – both local and state level – being very difficult and making it really clear that they don’t really want to deal with festivals,” Maddah continued. “They don’t really care if we don’t go there.”

Maddah also blamed “the so-called ‘mining boom’” claiming that only the small percentage of people involved in the mining industry have benefited while the costs of business in Perth have risen to “astronomical” levels. Maddah says the expense of taking 60 odd trucks across the Nullarbor and thousands of people to Perth for Soundwave has become “just crazy”.

It’s the second major blow for Perth’s music festivals this year, following Maddah’s confirmation that the Big Day Out won’t be heading out west in 2015. After over 20 years of Perth Big Day Outs the final show was staged at Arena Joondalup earlier this month with less than 20, 000 fans turning out to see the lineup featuring Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, and Snoop Dogg.

Soundwave continues in Melbourne today, before heading to Adelaide tomorrow. It’ll wind up in Perth on Monday.