GALLERY: The first Soundwave to hit Brisbane, it was for sure a case of if you weren’t there you blew it.
2007 and it was the first international-acts metal and punk festival on such a scale to ever come to Queensland, and what a classic line-up to start what would be almost a decade of music debauchery and mental mosh pits.
Good times, can’t believe it’s 11 years ago now.
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Headlining was the mighty Deftones, and amongst the acts were a string of incredible pioneer, classic, powerhouse and stand-out acts including Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, MxPx, Thrice, Unwritten Law, Terror and The Bronx.
It wasn’t just the bands, it was the fact that it was the first of three big instalments meaning artists were fresh off the plane and as always, frothing on the fact that they were in Australia which always translates into the music and performance.
It’s always good to get the first or last show of a tour or festival run and it was evident this day.
Soundwave, 2007, what cracking and important notch on the timeline of shows and festivals to hit South East Queensland over the years. In later years the event moved to the RNA Showgrounds, capturing a little bit if the former Livid Festival’s feel and vibe, but none of the subsequent events ever captured what went down in 07. It’s always the way, first is best and it levels off at some point after that. The event first Soundwave was solid, riotous yet intimate, in your face and not widely publicised to the point of being saturated with too many fuckwit fringe hanger-oners. You had access to the stages, access to be right up there in front of the bands you loved. Music fans, core fans, that’s what this first event represented.