Friday, 07 October 2011
Soundwave Festival had it's first announcement for the return of the annual tour in 2013 & re-enforced the doubt in peoples heads from the issues surrounding SWRevolution earlier in the year that the organisers can still impress the public with a killer lineup proposed for next year!

There are some huge names, some of which have some might think are out-dated, but those who agree can stay at home....right?

Unfortunately with so many bands that I'd like to see always means I'll have to cull the list due to clashes, however my favourites from the 65 odd announced:
Slipknot, SOAD, ADTR, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Trivium, Coal Chamber (who of which are re-uniting for Soundwave!), Dillenger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Underoath, Hatebreed, Times Of Grace, CKY, Dragonforce, Hell Yeah & Chimaira.

With more still to be announced in the coming months.

It will be my 6th year shooting the event now after covering 3 in Sydney & what will be my 3rd now in Perth, I thought I'd do up a post showcasing some of the shots I've taken of the artists on previous tours to Australia.

You can also see shots from the 6 years covering Soundwave by clicking here.


Friday, 07 October 2011 23:49:08 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Calm (HA!) before the storm, Underoath warmed up the crowd before the headliners threw down.

The conditions were a lot harsher compared to ADTR's set, coloured magenta/reds with little to no white light which meant for harsh looking results & a lot of blown highlights.

Still got a few OK shots, though my previous experience shooting their headline set in Sydney was a lot easier.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011 21:08:30 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Sunday, 08 May 2011

A Perth sold out crowd packed The Astor and threw down for the opening night of the tour which has basically ebay scalp tickets left around the country.

Below is a preview of my shots from the night.

If Jeremy McKinnon were a butterfly....

Sunday, 08 May 2011 20:06:36 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Thursday, 17 February 2011
I thought I would do up a little entry as it is now coming up to my 5th anniversary covering the Soundwave Festival since it's torrential rain soaked inception at Sydney Park in 2007 where Deftones headlined, from there is has expanded probably beyond the organisers expectations in it's short life span. The festival now covers all major cities within Australia & has increased from it's 2 main stages + 1 metal stage to a total of 8 stages which span genres from rock, metal to punk & ska.

I'll be covering Perth 2011 at the newly announced venue of Claremont Showgrounds, my day is going to be shooting the following: Sevendust, Devildriver (again), Stone Sour, Murderdolls, Primus, Slash, Ill Nino, Slayer (again), 30STM, Rob Zombie, The Bronx, QOTSA & Iron Maiden...while trying to squeeze in any others at the time

Here are a selection of my favourite shots from Sydney 2007 - Perth 2010. I think it also shows how I've progressed as a photographer as such as well, the earlier pictures are more raw compared to the framing/composition of the shots from last year. Hopefully I can continue to cover the event for years to come

(one day reaching Kane Hibberds level) but that's another story
Thursday, 17 February 2011 09:25:21 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Wednesday, 18 February 2009

This years Soundwave Festival was highly anticipated by the public who have attended in the last few years, the event has each year been able to provide a line-up that impressed & 2009 is no different. One thing that is different is the location, after spending two years at Sydney Park - St Peters they've shipped out west to Eastern Creek Raceway, eliminating noise restrictions (among other things) but venturing out of the easily accessible CBD area, the reaction to the announcement came with mixed reactions but overall I don't think anyone REALLY minds travelling the extra distance for the bands they have imported this year!

I've been lucky to shoot the 2007 + 2008 events & again I've been approved to shoot again for a third year in a row (though I bought my ticket just in case as my credentials have since changed)

Click to see my photos of Underoath - Lamb Of God - Devildriver & Lacuna Coil from past shows

My day has panned out to look like this:

(walk around / merch)

All That Remains 1pm-1:30pm                                Unearth 1:50pm-2:20pm

Underoath 2:50pm-3:25pm                                      Poison The Well 3:30pm-4pm

(break time)

Dillenger Escape Plan 4:40pm-5pm                        36Crazyfists 5:20pm-5:55pm

Lacuna Coil 6:15pm-6:50pm                                    Devildriver or Alice In Chains 7:10pm-7:55pm

Nine Inch Nails or In Flames 8:10pm-8:50pm          Lamb Of God 9:10pm-10pm

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:36:53 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)