Green Day set to return to Australia to headline the 2014 Soundwave Music Festival. Photo: Tessie Vanderwert
Green Day, Korn and Alice in Chains will headline another strong Soundwave Music Festival in February and March next year.
Mercurcial promoter AJ Maddah, named the most powerful person in the Australian music industry last month, is believed to have been deep in negotiations until as late as this morning but has again shown his ability to secure top international bands.
Maddah is believed to have been deep in negotiations until as late as this morning but has again shown his ability to secure top international bands.
Maddah had said previously the 2014 line-up wouldn't match this year's, which when measured by record sales was arguably the strongest music festival line-up assembled in Australia - the headline acts had sold about 300 million records between them. The festival drew an estimated 270,000 fans across five venues in February. In March, Maddah tweeted: ''We're not going to top [the 2013 line-up]. It was our 10th anniversary, so a 1 off big show [sic].''
Alice in Chains has been announced as one of the Soundwave 2014 headliners.
But next February's line-up has plenty of well-known and big-selling rock, punk and metal acts, with at least 240 million album sales between the main acts. It puts the pressure back on the Big Day Out to add to its line-up if it hopes to reclaim the crown as Australia's biggest and best music festival.
Aside from punk superstars Green Day (whose lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is not long out of rehab after a meltdown on stage last year), alternative metallers Korn and grunge pioneers Alice in Chains, Maddah has also secured American alt-rockers Stone Temple Pilots for Soundwave (with Linkin Park vocallist Chester Bennington as frontman after Scott Weiland was dumped this year) and cult American funk-metal act Living Colour.
Other big names include English alternative act Placebo, Megadeth (considered one of ''the four pillars of thrash metal''), metaller/filmmaker Rob Zombie (aka Rob Bartleh Cummings), Newsted (led by former Metallica bass player Jason Newsted) and Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro (named Best British Band at the 2013 NME Awards).
Acts well known among the fiercely loyal hard-rock community include Rocket from the Crypt, AFI (A Fire Inside), Avenged Sevenfold (aka A7X), Trivium, Baroness, Gwar, Volbeat and Alter Bridge.
Details of sideshows are yet to be announced, although Maddah tweeted this afternoon that Green Day would not be playing a separate gig.
SOUNDWAVE 2014 DATES
Brisbane: RNA Showgrounds, February 22
Sydney: Olympic Park, February 23
Melbourne: Flemington Racecourse, February 28
Adelaide: Bonython Park, March 1
Perth: Claremont Showgrounds, March, 3
Tickets will cost $182 and go on sale on September 5 through Oztix.com.au
ARTISTS LISTED AS PERFORMING
Stone Temple Pilots
Alice In Chains
Rocket From The Crypt
Five Finger Death Punch
August Burns Red
Motionless In White
Black Dahlia Murder
Pulled Apart By Horses
Bowling For Soup
The Story So Far
For more information go to www.soundwavefestival.com