Australia's Soundwave Revolution traveling festival has officially been canceled after the second-biggest headliner pulled out of the event.
Speaking to Australia's Nova 969 radio station, festival promoter AJ Maddah said, "The festival as we know it has been canceled. The situation is that we were scheduled to make a second announcement on the first of August, which had our festival co-headliner on that announcement. Their circumstances changed at the last minute and they had to pull out. And unfortunately we don't have enough time to replace them. And we didn't really want to go ahead with an incomplete lineup.
"We were supposed to make the public announcement this evening anyway. But what we wanted to do because a lot of those bands are still coming and we are creating packages and what have you, for them to do in clubs and other venues we wanted to be able to make the full announcement at 1 p.m. [today]. So that we could say the festival in its format is no longer happening [and] that these shows are taking its place. Unfortunately, one of those artists [drummer Stix Zadinia of STEEL PANTHER Ed.] jumped the gun [and leaked the news of the festival cancelation via Twitter].
"The people that have already bought their tickets I think it's nice enough that people that have already purchased their tickets by credit card, in which case those tickets are automatically refunded. And the small percentage that might have bought it from outlets, they'll be able to get a refund, I expect.
"Had we had been able to have our second headliner and make our second announcement, I think we wouldn't have had any issues with [the festival]. And it wasn't for the fact of not being able to attract the artists, I guess we were victims of certain artists' circumstances or what have you. I think the Australian festival market is still very strong.
"Obviously we love our fan base and we try to do what's best for them. And we could have taken the option of limping through with the lineup as we have [it] now. It still would have obviously been a much better financial outcome for us than to go through the road we have but we just didnt want to put an inferior product on the market.
"Revolution was a one-off, but yes, Soundwave 2012 will be back in February and the lineup is massive."
You can listen to Maddah's audio statement regarding the Soundwave Revolution cancelation using the player below.
Soundwave Revolution was scheduled feature performances by VAN HALEN, ALICE COOPER, BAD RELIGION, HELLYEAH, MACHINE HEAD, DANZIG, ALTER BRIDGE, CRO-MAGS, THE DAMNED THINGS, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and many others.
Soundwave Revolution 2011 dates:
Saturday, Sep. 24 - Brisbane Revolution
Sunday, Sep. 25 - Sydney Revolution
Friday, Sep. 30 - Melbourne Revolution
Saturday, Oct. 1 - Adelaide Revolution
Monday, Oct. 3 - Perth Revolution
For more information, visit the festival's official web site.