AJ Maddah on what the demise of Stereosonic means for festivals in Australia

Former Soundwave, Harvest and Big Day Out promoter AJ Maddah has weighed in on the reported demise of the Stereosonic tour suggesting that the cancellation of the tour is yet another bad sign for festivals in Australia.

Back in 2013 Maddah had blasted the dance music festival calling it “a total abortion” and claimed that an increase in government regulations affecting Big Day Out and Soundwave was caused by Stereosonic punters who “go mental on meth/GBH and shit in the local church”. But although he still says he’s no fan of the music on Stereosonic lineups Maddah now says that he’s sad to see the festival go and that the promoters were “very good people who did their best.”

Discussing the Stereosonic cancellation with several of his Twitter followers last night, Maddah claimed that it “increasingly feels like people don’t want to go anywhere”. However he still believes that the promoters behind the massive UK festival Download are poised to make a push into the local market as they’re “a multi-billion dollar multinational company hellbent on total domination” and can afford to run at a loss for a few years while they establish the brand in Australia.

Back in February, the booker of Download Festival, Andy Copping, told Australian fans to “watch this space” prompting speculation that the festival could be looking to expand internationally. The tweets from Copping don’t actually confirm any plans but they do give Aussie fans of heavy music hope that a new player could be about to enter the festival scene to fill the huge hole left by the cancellation of Soundwave. And considering just how impressive the lineups for Download have been in recent years that’s very, very exciting news.