Despite the controversy surrounding the Big Day Out Festival, Soundwave Festival 2015 is going ahead, and it will be held over two mammoth days.

AJ Maddah confirmed that the hard and heavy rock festival will return next year, and it¡¯ll be held for two days in each city, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

¡°So half the bands play day 1. The other half play day 2. They criss-cross Saturday/Sunday in each city¡± he wrote. ¡°Adelaide & Melbourne will be the 1st weekend of the festival. The dates for these 2 cities are Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. Sydney and Brisbane will be the 2nd weekend of the festival, held over Saturday 28 and Sunday March 1.¡±

The ticket price for the two days will be the same as last year, $185 plus booking fees. However, there will also be single day tickets available at $120, plus booking fees, for punters who may not be able to afford weekend tickets. It is also important to note that it will not be a camping festival.

The full 2015 Soundwave lineup is expected to drop in August, and weekend tickets will then go on sale. The lineup will then be divided into two individual days when day tickets go on sale. ¡°Putting the line-up across 2 days enables us to minimise clashes, give bands longer sets, better staging, production & infrastructure. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.¡±

As the festival will run over two days, there will be fewer stages, so more bands will have the opportunity to play the bigger stages. Also, there will be twice as much dark time for bands to hypnotize fans with their light show, meaning that headliners won¡¯t be forced to play in the middle of the day like previous years.

Although the full lineup is yet to be announced, Maddah has confirmed that Soundwave 2015 will boast four pretty sweet headliners.

¡°I can¡¯t talk about the Big Day Out, but Soundwave has four headliners next year. It¡¯s looking pretty good¡± Maddah told Full Metal Lockdown.

The straight shooter told FML that he doubts the ¡°big four¡± of metal will ever grace Aussie shores. ¡°I don¡¯t think it¡¯ll ever happen. Enjoy your memories of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, and if Megadeath ever come down then patch that into your memory bank¡± said the promoter.

He went on to say that L.A. industrial metal act Fear Factory are keen to join the lineup, and that he is eager to have them play the festival.

¡°They¡¯re keen to do it¡± Maddah said. ¡°We¡¯re keen to have them so I think it¡¯ll happen¡­ They¡¯ve wanted to do Soundwave for a long time.¡±

Aussie metal outfit King Parrot are also ¡°likely¡± to tear up Soundwave stages, as well as US rock band Conditions. They will share the stage with local prog-metal six-piece Ne Obliviscaris, who secured a slot on the bill after tweeting Maddah about possibly playing the iconic heavy festival.

Maddah also revealed that he sold his shares in the Big Day Out Festival in order to raise capital to bring Soundwave to Aussie stages in 2015.

Soundwave Festival 2015 Tour Dates:

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Bonython Park, Adelaide, South Australia

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland