Posted: 3 March, 2015
With a massive lineup of incredible acts, Soundwave 2015 did not disappoint.
We've been waiting, for months, for some of our favourite artists to reach our shores for the annual Soundwave festival, and in one massive weekend, they came, they played, they conquered.
With nothing but good reports from the Melbourne / Adelaide leg (except some news that Adelaide might not survive another year) there were high hopes for the finale weekend in Sydney and Brisbane.
In Sydney, as Saturday the 28th of Feb rolled around there was massive anticipation for the weekend ahead, and with the sun shining on day one it was the perfect setting.
(Crowd shot on Day One of Soundwave Sydney: Triple M)
There wasn't much fussing around on Day One as the crowds filled Homebush steadily from when the gates opened at 12.
With 5 stages to peruse with various levels of acts from pop-punk all the way through to death metal, there was a lot to get your head around for the day.
People were pretty happy to spread themselves over the various stages with a steady of people moving about making none of them seem overly full or empty for that matter.
We started the day off checking out some of the lesser known bands like Swedish gothic metal Deathstars who were followed by the awesome Mexican garage punk trio Les Butcherettes.
As the crowd grew, the sun got hotter and the fans more into it after a couple of drinks it was time for some of the bigger acts to hit the stage.
The dual mainstage worked like absolute clockwork with one act finishing and the other starting within a minute or two.
From 4-10pm it was an absolute barrage of good music starting with the hilarious hair-metal / comedy rock group Steel Panther.
Doing what they do best, they lead the swelling crowd in a bunch of sing alongs of their well-known tracks including "Gloryhole" and "Pussywhipped" and it wouldn't be a Steel Panther set without a lot hip-thrusting, hairspray (literally), jokes, girls getting their tops off and of course, many many ladies being let onto the stage.
(Steel Panther's Lexxi Foxx stops for a quick haircheck: Triple M)
(Girls on stage for Steel Panther: Triple M)
Following SP was the supergroup Antemasque who put on a great if not very different performance to SP. Fronted by The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala and backed by lead guitarist Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López to create their specific mix of psychedelic heavy rock that left people in awe if not a little subdued.
Incubus were up next and brought a pretty big crowd for a band that has been out of scene for quite some time. Their mix of rock, funk, turntablism and everything in between had a big reception with the crowd keeping them sufficiently entertained for the last two acts of the night.
And now for the time that everyone was waiting for..... Soundgarden followed by Faith No More.
The first thing that hits you when Soundgarden start is that Chris Cornell's voice is like a molten mix of dark chocolate and gold.
(Chris Cornell is a god: Triple M)
As Triple M Music Juror told told us, "Chris Cornell makes it seem so easy, and his voice is like liquid gold. It should be bottled and sold. He makes the crowd sound even more out of tune than usual".
Cornell had everyone's attention and as the sun went down took the crowd through a mix of tracks including "Spoonman" and crowd favourite "Black Hole Sun".
(Soundgarden's impressive light show: Triple M)
Lastly it was time for Faith No More to take the stage. Last time they were here was back in 2010 once again at Soundwave and for anyone at that performance was more than likely whispering to their mates "get ready for this" as Mike Patton and co took to the stage.
With their latest costumes (all white, looking like they've just been to a wedding in Hawaii) and a simple coloured light display, this was all that was needed to have the crowd following their hypnotic and powerful performance.
(Faith No More's Mike Patton trying to scare the kids: Triple M)
Kicking things off with their new track "Motherfucker" that they released last year as their first new track in almost 17 years, they played a brilliant mix of new and old tracks however it was their classics such as "Evidence" and "Ashes To Ashes" that really had the crowd swaying to their brilliantly odd mix of progressive, heavy metal, funk whatever.
(Roddy Bottum for FNM: Triple M)
(Jon Hudson for FNM: Triple M)
Music Juror Michelle was along for the ride, "[They] played pretty much all the ones you'd want to hear and some other cool lesser known ones really well. Mike was in top sarcastic form splicing "Lion Sleeps Tonight" into "Midlife Crisis" (my favourite) was a masterstroke!"
(The crowd and the view at the end of the day for Soundgarden: Triple M)
As Soundwave day two rolled around there was definitely a different vibe for the day if the weather was to go anything by in Sydney.
With what seemed like less people heading out for the second day, there was a lot of weary and hungover heads heading out into the 35 degree heat.
(Trying to keep cool in the heat: Triple M)
Once again the day was a mixed bag of acts with a big variety for the last few hours and headliners.
And with the smaller crowd and everyone taking it a bit easier on the Sunday it was definitely easier to get around and check out some of the smaller bands.
Music Juror Michelle was there and told us about her day, "The fun of unexpectedly enjoying 'in between' bands - so many with a great sense of fun and humour. The Interrupters were really cool and The Vandals' 2 covers, Queens "Don't Stop Me Now" with and, get this, Jacko's "I'm an Individual!" ".
But there was one downside to the quieter Sunday, the cloud came over in the afternoon developing into a massive storm, which though cooled everyone down did also halt the festival for a short while.
Despite that the show had to go on and Slash took advantage of the wild weather which as juror Ashley explained "made the Slash set that much wilder and more fun, and it cooled everyone down".
For some of the punters it was the surprises on Day Two that really made the day a success.
"Biggest surprise for me was how good Papa Roach was I knew I they would be good but the crowd and the performance was second to none," Stewart told Triple M.
"Whoever once told me that they're [The Smashing Pumpkins) boring was wrong. Great setlist, the new stuff totally stands up, Billy can solo like mad, and Brad Wilk is an incredible drummer. You don't need pyrotechnics and fancy visuals when you play like that," said Ashley.
All in all, despite the weather the day was an absolutle success with some massive highlights such as Billy Corgan joining Marilyn Manson on stage and Slipknot capping things off with a crazy pyrotechnics fuelled performance.