Soundwave festival 2015

What can I say? What an epic couple of days! I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I found out that this year there would be, not one, but two days of back-to-back rock and metal from all around the globe.

What I love about festivals is that not only do you get to see the bands you love, but you are almost guaranteed to find at least one new band to add to your collection, and this year’s Soundwave festival was no exception.

I am also of the opinion that you haven’t REALLY heard a band until you have heard them live. There is no substitute for their stage presence, their energy, and their pure, unedited sound.

Some of the bands I fell in love with over the weekend:

The Treatment

Terror Universal

A new band with some definite potential, plus they finished with a Rob Zombie song and I’m always a sucker for some Zombie!

Ministry

OK so I know these guys have been around for eons, but for some reason I didn’t have any of their songs in my collection! that will have to be corrected!!!!!

Killer Be Killed

This song sent chills up my spine in the pit, and tickled my moshbone!

Epic sets by my faves

Slipknot

Butcher Babies

Marilyn Manson

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

I just LOVE this song! and frankly Myles Kennedy can sing to me ANY DAMN DAY…

Crown the Empire

LOVE these boys – just LOVE

Nonpoint

Godsmack

Lamb of God

What an awesome end to the weekend – right up the front of the crowd soaking up the pure energy they pumped out!

What I missed out on

Crossfaith

Totally gutted I missed out on these guys! The timetable I had said they were meant to come out after nonpoint so I waited but Killer be Killed came out instead!

Coldrain

The Swellers

I had really wanted to see these guys live but unfortunately they were scheduled at the same time as Slipknot, and for me, Slipknot will always win!

Exodus

I’ve heard good things about these guys but this was about the time of day when I decided I should probably eat something at get some fluid in me before I passed out in the 36°C heat and missed out on the main bands I had flown to another country to see!

Judas Priest

I’m sure if you’ve made it this far in my blog post and haven’t closed the page yet, that you’re a metal fan, and I don’t need to introduce these guys! but again – timetable clashes with Manson, Slash and Butcher Babies were a deal breaker!

Faith no More

And the same for these guys…

2016 hopes

I know it’s been said that the two day festival was a one-time only deal, and that it will go back to one day in future years… but I really hope they change that! I mean, sidewaves are awesome and all, but a WHOLE WEEKEND of metal? yessir, sign me up! Plus it makes it all the more worth it for NZ’ers like me whole fly over especially for it. I realise that we get ‘Westfest’ or whatever they call it that year, but it’s no substitute for the whole festival. For those of you who don’t know what Westfest is, it’s a much smaller festival with a small selection of the bands going to soundwave. Westfest is great for people who can’t/don’t want to head overseas for a music festival, but for me? I’m epic-rock-concert-deprived enough as it is in this country!

Don’t get me wrong, we have some serious musical talent going on (e.g.8 Foot Sativa), but sometimes you just want to see some of the greats! And then there’s the fact that Australia is just BETTER at putting on a festival. I’m a kiwi, but I’ll admit it. Maybe it’s the fact that they just get more practice? Personally I think it’s probably a combination of that and the people. Here in NZ, it seems we have forgotten how to have fun without ruining it for everyone else… but that is a whole other blog post.

Back to the awesome! I’m hoping to see a few of these guys next year… a girl can hope!

Mushroomhead

Disturbed

The pretty reckless

Halestorm

System of a Down

8 foot sativa

Shihad

Oh, by the way, they went by the name Pacifier for a bit (as you’ll see in the vid)

Upon a burning body

Here are a  few of the snaps I managed to get when I wasn’t being crushed at the very front!

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Music Feeds also has some serious coverage of the day including official and fan photography and vids – this page in particular covers most of the mosh pits I was ALL UP in! There’s no way I was standing around video’ing it myself! I was too busy screaming my lungs out! 😀

Music feeds – Soundwave 2015