Soundwave Festival 2016 Is Officially Cancelled!


Well, it’s happened. The final nail has been put in Soundwave Festivals coffin with news from Soundwave Promoter AJ Maddah earlier today about Soundwave 2016’s cancellation. It’s a sad day in the Australian music industry with a huge dip in touring acts expected in the foreseeable future. Yesterday AJ mentioned Soundwave 2016 being up in the air due to funding issues and with the cancellation of Soundwave 2017 a few days ago, this is a massive blow and has left impossibly big boots to fill.

Earlier today AJ posted on his twitter account:

“I am devastated to have to announce the cancellation of Soundwave 16 due to poor ticket sales. I am very sorry. I tried my best.”

And then later:

 “Thank you to all the fans, bands and people who supported the event for the last 12 years,” he added. “i wish we could have ended it on a better note.”

AJ went on to mention later:

“Refunds from point of purchase. It may take a little time be patient an wait for contact from Eventopia.”


With all the doubt in the lead up to the belated announcement after pulling the original Festival theme and seeing bands pull out, its crazy to see its come to this. with the rumors from NOFX and Frenzal Rhomb hinting at it, is upsetting to see 2 cancelled show and a hole in Australian festivals. Maddah has also said that all The Soundwave Society (TSS) members will also be offered their money back alongside those waiting on point of purchase refunds.

Things turned sour later with twitter haters making AJ snap saying:

“Great triumph for the internet hate squad and the trolls. Congratulations guys. Only thing is, you are now fast running out of targets.”

with things trailing into bickering about refunds with commenters. On behalf of The Metal Review and the whole TMR staff, not only as partners to Soundwave Festival but as appreciators of the alternative music industry in general, we’re sad to see things come to such an abrupt end. All we can do is hope that this isn’t the last we hear about Soundwave and it can make a comeback in the future.After 12 years you gotta hand it to AJ, he had a damn good run and we owe him our thanks fo a lot of good times and shows \m/