The reactions to the Soundwave 2016 lineup were pretty extreme
The Soundwave line-up dropped last night with a pretty unanimous WTF. We knew about Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet for My Valentine, Refused and Northlane, but promoter AJ Maddah certainly chucked in some curveballs in the form of dance legends The Prodigy and hip-hop icons Public Enemy.
Reactions on Soundwave’s Facebook wall were pretty extreme, with some going so far as to declare the festival dead. Yes, really.
Others were a bit more optimistic, including this guy who may or may not be related to Kurt Vile.
Some just found the hate and relentless whinging a little tiresome. “Book your own damn festival,” they said.
Aside from being outside the usual realm of the metal and punk bands Soundwave usually books, the line-up was scrutinsed by many fans who felt it crossed over too much into Big Day Out territory. (Remember when Maddah actually owned the Big Day Out for a few months before selling his share back to US owners C3 Presents for $1?)
Public Enemy once toured with Anthrax off the back of a groundbreaking single called ‘Bring The Noise’, but some folks were still really confused about their inclusion on the bill.
And The Prodigy were really polarising for people too.
That prompted some real talk from this guy on Twitter.
Which was echoed on Soundwave’s Facebook wall.
Others saw the slightly left-of-field selections as an opportunity to launch a career in stand-up comedy.
We’re still not sure if this is serious or a joke, especially in the context of a festival that’s booked Limp Bizkit in the past.
People got really caught up with who was or wasn’t “headlining”, because the order bands are placed in on festival posters is vitally important.
There was a lot of love for Disturbed…
… but not as a “headliner”.
But at the end of the day there’s just one thing that Soundwave 2016 needs, and that’s MOAR METAL \m/
Soundwave will kick off in Brisbane on Saturday, January 23, before heading to Sydney (January 24) and Melbourne on the Australia Day public holiday (January 26). Click here for the line-up so far.