Brisbane Soundwave Festival 2013: First report

UPDATE: The full review of Brisbane Soundwave is here

The rain cleared up for Brisbane’s leg of the Soundwave Festival yesterday, leaving packed crowds to enjoy one day of hot sun before wet weather returned today.

Anthrax, one of several bands who performed with a replacement drummer, worked a cover of AC/DC’s ‘TNT’ into their set to audience’s approval. The support act from their sideshow, local thrash band Malakyte, were Brisbane’s surprise “Special Guests” filling the gap on the timetable that will be filled by Puscifer in Adelaide and Sydney.

Crowds heading to stage one to see Slayer while others headed to stage two in time to catch Cypress Hill before they finished ‘Insane in the Brain’ created one of the day’s biggest traffic jams. Slayer weren’t slowed down by their replacement drummer, performing ‘Raining Blood’ at typically high speed while James Hetfield of Metallica watched from the side of the stage.

Fresh from performing with Puscifer the night before, Maynard James Keenan (suddenly with hair he didn’t have last night) and the rest of A Perfect Circle performed a set featuring several of their cover songs, including John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

Paramore chose a lucky girl from their crowd to sing with them while the audience chanted her name. They were followed by Garbage, whose lead singer Shirley Manson praised Paramore’s Hayley Williams for not being afraid to rock and encouraged women in the audience to join a band because it’s “cool as fuck.” Their performance of ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ was accompanied by the blast of a horn from a train pulling into the Ekka station – presumably the conductor was a fan.

While Linkin Park played on half of stage one a crowd as big as theirs was waiting in front of the other half for Metallica; Chester Bennington ducked over to stage 1A towards the end of Linkin Park’s set to keep them company. When the headliners finally began it was a battle of the pyrotechnics, with Blink-182 using a confetti cannon that gave Brisbane the closest thing to snow it’s ever likely to get while Metallica somehow set fire to an oil-well under the stage and keyed it to explode every time James Hetfield mentioned the words “flame” or “fire”. Metallica’s biggest crowd-pleaser was an encore that consisted of three of their classics: ‘Creeping Death’, ‘Battery’ and ‘Seek & Destroy’.

Check back later for our photo gallery and review of the event.

Metallica setlist

‘Hit the Lights’

‘Master of Puppets’

‘The Shortest Straw’

‘Harvester of Sorrow’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’



‘Sad But True’

‘Fade to Black’

’…And Justice for All’


‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’


‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’


‘Creeping Death’


‘Seek & Destroy’