Soundwave releases “final” timetables
After a number of changes, tweaks and corrections Soundwave has finally released the “final” set of official set-times.
Although these are (hopefully) the final versions of the playing times there’s still a chance that changes could be made to the Perth schedule. Responding to a question about the lack of a set from the recently added Puscifer in Perth, Soundwave boss AJ Maddah has revealed that the WA state government is trying to cut the festival’s operating times.
@bondlazenby Also, your douchey Government is trying to cut down your show. If anything, we may have lose bands rather than gain them.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 21, 2013
The time restrictions imposed on the festival in Perth have already forced the cancellation of a set from local act In League who won a triple j’s Unearthed competition to play at the festival. In a post on Facebook, the band announced that although they are “unbelievably stoked” to have won the competition they won’t be able to play due to council cut backs which have forced the festival to trim an hour off their day. Los Angeles-based Celtic punk band Flogging Molly will also miss the Perth leg of the Soundwave tour.
Claremont mayor Jock Barker has campaigned against festivals such as Soundwave and Big Day Out using the local showgrounds, claiming that the promoters have “no respect for the residents, nor for council approvals and sound levels”. The council has claimed that Soundwave has repeatedly breached the 72 decibel limit in 2012 and had been “regularly monitored at more than 80 decibels”.
When FL contacted the mayor for comment last year he declined to be interviewed but sent us a statement declaring that the council is “only concerned with two or three specific concerts who flout the approved sound levels, want to use the Monday of long weekends, whose language is suitable for the gutter, and whose patrons continuously bring appalling antisocial and criminal behaviour into a residential area”.
Soundwave festival will hit Australia this weekend, kicking off at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds tomorrow (February 23). It’ll then travel to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, before winding up in Perth on March 4. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know.