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Legion 2016 Gets Some Meat On Its Bones, But Isn’t Getting Enough Support


Just a couple of weeks after the Legion Festival rose from the gory death of Soundwave, details have started to roll out about what organisers have planned for – and what fans can expect from – Australia’s newest and most intriguing alternative music festival. For starters, festival ringleader and drummer of ex-SW16 band Devil You Know, John Sankey, has vowed to take a massively different approach to how the slain mecha used to run. Transparency between fans and the crew is at the very forefront of his operation; punters will know what’s going on, when it goes on.

In a bid to make that actually happen, Sankey has launched a Pozible campaign (for those unaware, the concept is similar to Kickstarter) to fund and push his mission into gear. The problem here is that, given its timeframe, and the lineup being announced after the campaign goes live, it’s a tad bit ambitious – especially when you take into account the $3,275,000 goal. Now, that figure actually isn’t too large for a music festival – even more so when you see that Adelaide and Perth are on the cards – but with 18 days to go, the campaign still has over $3m to net. That’s… Not a good sign.

There’s still time to turn things around, though, and with a slew of quality acts just being added to the bill, prospects could start to brighten up. Joining the very obvious headliners of Devil You Know, Canadian electro-industrial shredders Front Line Assembly, California groove metallers Devildriver, and Brisbane metal lords Aversions Crown have pledged their support with a slot in the lineup. That’s on top of Darkest Hour, Battlecross, Caligula’s Horse, Darkc3ll, and Rick Dangerous And The Silkie Bantams, too, and with a further 20+ acts to be announced.

Of course, there’s only one way to see this lineup become a reality – pledge your support for the Legion Festival, pester all your friends to as well, and then start practising your best windmill.

Legion Music Festival

Sun Mar 26th – Venue TBC, Melbourne (AA*)
Tix: pozible.com

Mon Mar 27th – Venue TBC, Sydney (AA*)
Tix: pozible.com

Tue Mar 28th – Venue TBC, Brisbane (AA*)
Tix: pozible.com

Fri Apr 1st – Venue TBC, Adelaide (AA*)
Tix: pozible.com

Sat Apr 2nd – Venue TBC, Perth (AA*)
Tix: pozible.com

* – 15+ unless accompanied by parent or guardian.

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