Top 5 artists to see at Soundwave


If you haven’t heard, upcoming Australian festival Soundwave has extended its already-impressive lineup to include eight more bands. If you’re already a ticket holder or are on the edge about buying one, you can now look forward to seeing Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi’s guitar hero), Filter, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Ghost Inside, Authority Zero, DARKC3II, The Defiled and Dangerkids.

But now that there’s just under 100 bands on the Soundwave 2014 bill, who should you put on your ‘must see’ list? Here’s somethingyousaid’s top five picks.

Richie Sambora

I’m not sure I need to say much about why you should check out Richie Sambora. Bad Medicine. Living On A Prayer. Wanted Dead Or Alive. Ok, you get the idea. Sambora has said he’s going to make the songs a unique experience and aims to satisfy the fans he’s written and played for over the years. You know it’s going to be a sing-a-long, too. Who doesn’t love a sing-a-long to some classics you’ve either grown up listening to or shared a beer with friends over?


Conor Oberst is a man of many talents and likes to keep his finger in many pies. Since ‘Read Music/Speak Spanish’ is now just over 10 years old and Desaparecidos took a hiatus during that time, the thirst for their tunes is real. Desaparecidos’ work stands alone and independent of Oberst’s solo and Bright Eyes’ work, so you can bet on Oberst’s regular fans and punk fans being at the barrier early. Their new two-track EPs are super sick, too.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk (pictured, top) are hungry. Led by fearless vocalist, Lee Spielman, the five-piece are will kick you in the face figuratively (but maybe even literally). This is hardcore music, folks. They’re a part of Odd Future and so there’s going to be some wild ones there. But don’t let that fool/scare you, Trash Talk are the real deal and worth watching.


Pennywise has gone through some significant changes between 1988 and present; including replacing lead vocalist Jim Lindberg to reinstating Jim Lindberg. But what Pennywise has kept is their raw energy and honesty to their roots. Now that Lindberg is back, the original Pennywise lineup will be in full force and will surely be a super tight show.


With their latest, ‘Burials’, out there reaching new fans and exceeding the expectations of the veterans, AFI will draw a huge crowd. Since they’ve got a huge discography under their belts, the setlist will be jam packed of familiar and much-loved songs. Who has money on ‘Miss Murder’ being the encore?

Those are our top five picks for Soundwave 2014. No matter who you see, though, it’s going to be a great day out.

General Public tickets on sale now at (All shows are licensed and all ages)

FRIDAY 1 MARCH MELBOURNE Flemington Race Course
MONDAY 4 MARCH PERTH Claremont Show Grounds

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Words by Matt Warrell