Damn, that sucks. I feel bad for my Australian readers, because this tour was going to be awesome…and featured The Devin Townsend Project — who may still be playing down under. Read on.
The fest was officially canceled after the second-biggest headliner backed out of the event. The band to blame has not been named [Edit: A reader from Australia claims that band was Limp Bizkit while another claims it was My Chemical Romance].
In a quote from Blabbermouth, festival promoter AJ Maddah said, “The festival as we know it has been canceled. The situation is that we were scheduled to make a second announcement on the first of August, which had our festival co-headliner on that announcement. Their circumstances changed at the last minute and they had to pull out. And unfortunately we don’t have enough time to replace them. And we didn’t really want to go ahead with an incomplete lineup.”
Maddah added: “We were supposed to make the public announcement this evening anyway. But what we wanted to do — because a lot of those bands are still coming and we are creating packages and what have you, for them to do in clubs and other venues — we wanted to be able to make the full announcement at 1 p.m. [today]. So that we could say the festival in its format is no longer happening [and] that these shows are taking its place. Unfortunately, one of those artists jumped the gun [and Tweeted that the fest was done].
“The people that have already bought their tickets — I think it’s nice enough that people that have already purchased their tickets by credit card, in which case those tickets are automatically refunded. And the small percentage that might have bought it from outlets, they’ll be able to get a refund, I expect,” he continued. “Had we had been able to have our second headliner and make our second announcement, I think we wouldn’t have had any issues with [the festival]. And it wasn’t for the fact of not being able to attract the artists, I guess we were victims of certain artists’ circumstances or what have you. I think the Australian festival market is still very strong.”
He said Soundwave 2012 will return in February and said the lineup will be massive. Soundwave Revolution was supposed to feature Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Bad Religion, HellYeah, Machine Head, Danzig, Alter Bridge, The Damned Things, and Cro-Mags, among others.
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