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AJ Maddah “devastated”there won’t be a PerthSoundwave in 2015

Promoter AJ Maddah says he’s “devastated” this weekend’s Soundwave festival show in Perth will be the last to be staged in the city.

Speaking on Ballarat community radio station The Voice last night, Maddah blamed a “perfect shitstorm” of reasons including high operating costs and government interference for the decision. While Metallica were allowed to play their full set at Perth Soundwave last year, organisers were forced to cut the sound early on all the other stages. “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Maddah explained. “It’s really, really sad but the reality of the situation is that Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have been subsidising Perth since the thing went national.”

According to Maddah, the decision to drop Perth from the schedule could make tickets for the 2015 shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide $20 cheaper. “It’s also the combination of the perfect shitstorm of the Perth governments – both local and state level – being very difficult and making it really clear that they don’t really want to deal with festivals,” Maddah continued. “They don’t really care if we don’t go there.”

Maddah also blamed “the so-called ‘mining boom’” claiming that only the small percentage of people involved in the mining industry have benefited while the costs of business in Perth have risen to “astronomical” levels. Maddah says the expense of taking 60 odd trucks across the Nullarbor and thousands of people to Perth for Soundwave has become “just crazy”.

It’s the second major blow for Perth’s music festivals this year, following Maddah’s confirmation that the Big Day Out won’t be heading out west in 2015. After over 20 years of Perth Big Day Outs the final show was staged at Arena Joondalup earlier this month with less than 20, 000 fans turning out to see the lineup featuring Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, and Snoop Dogg.

Soundwave continues in Melbourne today, before heading to Adelaide tomorrow. It’ll wind up in Perth on Monday.

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brianward81

brianward81 said on the 28th Feb, 2014

there goes the only festival i go to. i have 28 bands i want to see at this last soundwave on monday. way to ruin music for us in the west, stupid government/mining/other things. where are we going to hear metal now?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 28th Feb, 2014

The mines would be a good start, actually.

tiktokcrock

tiktokcrock said on the 28th Feb, 2014

Colin Barnett is a fuckhead!Its all his fault,easy to blame just him with all the terrible decisions hes made of late.

OFFICER NO

OFFICER NO said on the 28th Feb, 2014

it's pretty funny how many other festivals manage to make it work in perth and other national festivals expand to include perth.

OFFICER NO

OFFICER NO said on the 28th Feb, 2014

off the top of my head?

west coast blues and roots
stereosonic
future music
laneway
southbound and groove in moo- south of perth
good life

numerous smaller festivals.

i'm not saying that aj's complaints aren't substantiated. i am suggesting he might get more cooperation if he didn't have tantrums like a 13 year old girl every time he doesn't get his own way.

OFFICER NO

OFFICER NO said on the 28th Feb, 2014

off the top of my head?

west coast blues and roots
stereosonic
future music
laneway
southbound and groove in moo- south of perth
good life

numerous smaller festivals.

i'm not saying that aj's complaints aren't substantiated. i am suggesting he might get more cooperation if he didn't have tantrums like a 13 year old girl every time he doesn't get his own way.

grattan

grattan said on the 5th Mar, 2014

The full interview in all its community radio glory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ed46GxWro

Harrishun

Harrishun said on the 5th Mar, 2014

I hope she was sick or something. If that's her regular voice, I'm not sure what she's doing on radio.