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The Soundwave announcement finally dropped, after being delayed multiple times over the past couple of months. At the top of the bill are Disturbed joined by Deftones, Public Enemy and The Prodigy in a move that (combined with the January dates) is drawing some inevitable comparisons to Big Day Out. Also announced on the bill are NOFX, Hatebreed, Soulfly, L7, Nothing But Thieves, Frenzal Rhomb, Lordi, Devil You Know and Failure. It as a lot slimmer than previous lineups, but AJ Maddah has assured fans more acts will be announced soon. Venue is yet to be revealed, but the Melbourne leg of Soundwave 2016 will take place on Tuesday January 26. Tickets are on sale now.
 
Punk rock legends The Meanies and Bodyjar will join forces for a Christmas Party next month. The Prince Bandroom will host shenanigans on Friday December 18 and High Tension will provide support. Should be a swell time. Get tickets now at oztix.com.
 
Frenzal Rhomb will team up with Clowns on an upcoming summer tour, which they’ve aptly named the Friendless Summer Tour. Frenzal will borrow a drummer to replace Gordy Forman who’s still nursing a very broken arm from an accident earlier in the year. Hopefully the rest of them can keep their bits together when they take on suburban venues like Chelsea Heights Hotel (Friday January 8) and Village Green Hotel in Mulgrave (Saturday January 9). Tickets are available now.
 
All time, ultimate punks GBH will visit Australia next year. After 35 years these blokes are still going strong and still calling a crappy van home, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. They’ll play the Bendigo Hotel on February 26 and tickets should move fast. Get them from Thursday November 5 at thedrunkpromoter.com.
 
Northlane’s big arse Node tour will start this week and with massive international names like August Burns Red supporting, you can bet the shows are going to be rather large. Don’t forget there’s an additional overage show on sale since the Friday November 6 gig sold out. The Melbourne all ages show has also been changed to Arrow on Swanston, don’t forget.
 
Fat Wreck Chords have announced a new signing to their roster in the form of Portland’s Mean Jeans. Playing at The Fest this weekend, the band announced the good news on their way to play the punk rock festival noting, “the very first show I ever went to was in 96 in Vienna, Austria to see NOFX, Weezer and Lagwagon”.
 
Waxahatchee have cancelled their European tour due to health issues. Katie Crutchfield announced issues are affecting her voice and she has been put on strict and immediate vocal rest. Hopefully all will be sorted in time for her return to Australia (with full band) this coming February.
 
Brooks Wackerman, drummer of Bad Religion, has quit the band, taking to Twitter to announce the news. “After reassessing my future in music it was time for me to pursue another path,” he said. He joined the band way back in 2000 and the band have not made any announcement regarding their future plans.