Soundwave 2014: Let the lineup speculation begin

Soundwave festival boss AJ Maddah has warned fans that the 2014 lineup won’t be as impressive as this year’s bill, which featured over 70 bands including headliners Metallica, Blink 182 and Linkin Park.

“We’re not going to top it,” the promoter revealed on Twitter shortly after the final Soundwave for 2013. “It was our 10th anniversary, so [it was] a one off big show.”

However, Maddah is already looking ahead to the 2014 edition of the festival, confirming acts from America, Sweden, Japan and Denmark for the lineup of the international festival.

Kicking off the long drip-feed of announcements, Maddah has already confirmed that Swedish glam metal band Crashdiet will be part of the 2014 festivities. The announcement came shortly after the band tweeted a photo of an ad for their new album The Savage Playground, which was on display at Soundwave, telling followers, “This is what we call promoting!”

Maddah had already revealed that the 2014 festival will also feature a Japanese stage hosting acts such as X Japan and Maximum The Hormone. The heavy metal crew X-Japan are one of the pioneers of “visual kei” (a Japanese take on glam rock) and reunited in 2007 after a 10-year hiatus. Nu-metal/hardcore punk act Maximum The Hormone were booked to appear at the Soundwave Festival 2010, but were forced to cancel their visit due to drummer Nao’s pregnancy.

Digging even further back into Maddah’s busy Twitter history, there are also several “confirmations” for other acts. In August last year Maddah revealed that Godsmack were supposed to be on the Soundwave 2013 lineup but had to pull out, and have instead been confirmed for the 2014 festival. Danish rock band Volbeat are apparently “almost guaranteed” for the festival, while other acts that Maddah has suggested include the recently reunited Fall Out Boy, Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco, and Dead By April. Maddah has also cleared up a decade long misunderstanding with Good Charlotte and said they could be invited to play the festival again.

At the other end of the scale, bands including Muse, Yellowcard and Rise Against have been ruled of the 2014 festival. Trivium has also been ruled of a Soundwave festival return as they’ll tour Australia later this year.

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Soundwave 2014 lineup “confirmations”



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