The 2013 Soundwave festival kicked off on this weekend in Brisbane and Sydney, but despite the huge crowds that came out in force to see some of the big names in metal and rock, Sunday in Sydney turned out to be a bit of a disaster, highlighted by one female fan suffering a horrendous injury.
Soundwave got off to a rough start in Sydney when the convoy of trucks carrying all the bands' gear down from Brisbane were delayed some 10 hours due to flooding. The missing in action trucks caused huge disruptions and threatened the performances of some of the big name bands performing on Stage 2- The Vandals, Billy Talent, Sum 41, Paramore, Blink and The Offspring.
For a while it seemed as if Garbage and Paramore’s performances were in doubt, but a last minute reshuffle meant that Paramore, whose equipment were part of the delay, would finish off the day playing after Blink and The Offspring. Garbage cancelled, promising a separate gig on Monday, however there is some dispute as to why Garbage pulled the plug, but as the world's loudest promoter will testify (more on him later), the whole issue could have been avoided.
To cap off the delays and cancellations, a terrible accident seriously injured a female fan. One clown managed to enter the festival carrying a magnesium flare that he then lit in the middle of the music-watching crowd. Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah unfortunately announced via Twitter that the girl had been "seriously burned and disfigured" before personally threatening the as of yet unfound person. The flare caused a great fire and it's a wonder more people weren't seriously hurt.
The bad news soured what otherwise should have been a fantastic weekend for Australian music fans.
This year’s Soundwave drew an unusual mix of festival-goers, which can be put down to the presence of bands like Linkin Park and Blink 182, diversifying the typical audience of metalheads and alternative crowds.
Garbage was dynamic, although they didn’t draw a huge crowd, and despite what you may think of Linkin Park, they attracted a massive audience that was really into their set.
Headliners Metallica opened with ‘Hit the Lights’ and ‘Master of Puppets’ before James Hetfield recited, “Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire” at the top of his lungs signalling an impressive pyrotechnic show to accompany ‘Fuel’.
In other Soundwave related news, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, who was forced to withdraw from the band’s Australian Soundwave tour, was involved in a pretty heated Twitter battle with Maddah about his last minute decision to bail on Down Under.
Barker defended his decision not to tour with Soundwave in Australia due to his inability to overcome his fear of flying, on Instagram, triggering the response from Maddah.
Maddah responded by saying that Blink were being paid $5 million for their involvement with Soundwave and that Barker “insisted on being paid in full” despite his no-show.
Maddah claimed that Barker threatened to sabotage the band travelling to Australia if he didn’t receive his 1/3 of the payment before Barker eventually made peace, saying the argument stemmed from a “HUGE lack of communication”.