Two weeks ago, Australia's Soundwave Festival was kicking off in Melbourne. The line-up looked great (like, really great), so we headed Down Under to see what's what...
EVERYONE LOVES A HOMEGROWN HERO… OR FIVE Tonight Alive have become seasoned Aussie veterans over the past couple of years, and today they batter the crowd with a breezy, powerful set. Having transformed from wiry pop-punks to a big, beefed-up rock prospect, they even throw a Rage Against The Machine medley into the fray. Yep, really. The kicker? It’s bloody great.
ALMOST EVERYONE LOVES ALL TIME LOW Alex, Jack, Zack and Rian bring a machine-like precision to the business of main stage punk, and are dab hands at owning a crowd. Even if said crowd is mainly comprised of impatient Marilyn Manson and Slipknot fans (see below for evidence of that). Tune after tune of catchy pop magic hits the spot, and it’s clear that All Time Low are approaching their peak. And a big peak at that.
In fact, it seems there were only a couple of people who weren’t into All Time Low. These ones.
Solid Instagram work from The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell, there.
THE PALE EMPEROR REIGNS IN THE SUN When Marilyn Manson does eventually hit the stage, there’s irony in the fact that he’s playing songs from new album ‘The Pale Emperor’ to a crowd slowly frying in the sun. What’s not ironic is the way he totally dominates the crowd. There’s life in him yet, that’s for sure.
PAPA ROACH ARE BACK DOWN UNDER… FINALLY Jacoby Shaddix and Co. are in Australia for the first time since last millennium (how did that happen?!) and bring the big guns. An incendiary ‘Last Resort’, anyone? Huge.
CROSSFAITH TIME IS PARTY TIME Does Crossfaith’s bag of tricks have a bottom? Their stage is rocking as the Japanese favourites wreck their capacity crowd with ease, the near-100 per cent humidity destroying the masses almost as effectively as their razor sharp electro-mosh bangers.
SLIPKNOT. JUST SLIPKNOT. It’s no surprise that metal lords Slipknot were the main draw of the weekend. The site is full to the brim with Maggots, and the Iowa mob deliver in spectacular fashion. The bells, whistles and flaming skulls of their current live setup are on full display here, and they deliver a devastating show. Like every time.
CAN IT BE SOUNDWAVE 2016 YET? Pretty please? That was fun.