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Soundwave 2016 is cancelled

Following on from the news that Soundwave 2017 will definitely not be going ahead, it’s been announced that the 2016 event, set to feature Deftones, Disturbed and The Prodigy, has also been cancelled.

Taking to Twitter, Festival Promoter AJ Maddah stated, “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.”

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

Doubt was thrown over Soundwave 2016 after Bring Me The Horizon tweeted that they had some concerns about the event, with NOFX swiftly following suit. AJ Maddah then stated that the survival of the festival lay at the hands of ticketing company Eventopia.

“Essentially here are the brief facts: Eventopia were supposed to give SW a scheduled advance to pay deposits to NOFX and BMTH,” AJ writes on Twitter. “Their CFO changed her mind and decided not make the advance but didn’t tell anyone. so we (SW & bands) waited and waited for $.If they had informed us that scheduled funds were cancelled we could have made other arrangements. So now we are in bad situation. There have been discussions today. I”m waiting on Eventopia/Ticketek to make their decision. We cannot hold festival without their support.”

Eventopia claim, “In line with our ticketing sales agreement, the Festival Promoter is responsible for all ticketing funds that were advanced, and is directly liable to all ticket purchasers for issuing customer refunds. Customers should contact the Promoter of the Festival directly to request their ticket refund in full.” While the festival promoter is telling fans that refunds are available “from the point of purchase,” and denies the finger pointing of Eventopia.

This dispute about funds means that fans who did buy tickets to the event are in for an unpleasant battle for a refund.

If that wasn’t messy enough Music Feeds are reporting that a bunch of artists who performed at the 2015 event are owed quite a lot of money, including Fall Out Boy, Slipknot, Twin Atlantic and Tonight Alive. The list (in full below) comes via documents obtained from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) after a meeting of Soundwave creditors on 7th October.

Debts Owed To Soundwave 2015 Acts (In $AUD)

All Time Low — $141,144.70
Animals as Leaders — $16,607.14
Antemasque — $138,721.43
Apocalyptica — $65,601.90
Area-7 — $7,594.20
Atreyu — $52,044.64
Coldrain — $16,270.50
Crossfaith — $25,431.55
Deathstars — $17,500.00
Dragonforce — $21,000.00
Emily’s Army — $19,185.29
Escape the Fate — $21,985.68
Faith No More — $751,076.20
Falling In Reverse — $54,064.98
Fall Out Boy — $394,107.14
Fear Factory — $78,263.96
Fucked Up — $24,779.40
Gerard Way — $89,510.75
Godflesh — $33,314.00
Godsmack — $200,000.00
Hollywood Undead — $65,183.54
Incubus — $571,428.58
Judas Priest — $349,560.55
Killer Be Killed — $24,513.00
Lagwagon — $30,274.52
Lamb of God — $161,323.33
Live Nation Worldwide, Inc — $1,180,325.56
Lower Than Atlantis — $18,800.06
Marilyn Manson — $588,000.56
Millencolin — $91,874.50
Ministry — $203,952.01
Monuments — $19,153.00
Ne Obliviscaris — $5,720.60
New Found Glory — $43,279.88
Nonpoint — $8,137.54
Nothing More — $35,000.00
Of Mice and Men — $29,040.00
Papa Roach — $93,050.93
Patent Pending — $22,000.00
Slash — $484,628.00
Sleepwave — $17,470.35
Slipknot — $1,645,299.29
Soundgarden — $2,132,075.00
Steel Panther — $92,517.57
The Aquabats — $32,787.26
The Color Morale — $11,464.58
The Interrupters — $20,231.14
The Raglans — $11,059.82
The Smashing Pumpkins — $1,267,446.43
The Swellers — $21,412.24
The Treatment — $8,193.74
The Vandals — $57,142.86
Tonight Alive — $38,500.00
Twin Atlantic — $20,154.85

Basically, it’s not good news for anyone involved.

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