UNIFY Gathering announces 2021 event will not go ahead

Organisers have announced a radio takeover will replace the live event

UNIFY Gathering will not take place in January 2021, organisers announced today.

In a post to the event’s Facebook page, the annual Australian punk and metalcore festival said the January 2021 instalment would not go ahead, but did confirm the event’s return in January 2022.

“Without enough assurances that the event can go ahead in a safe and financially viable way, we don’t want to take any risks,” the post read.

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“We still plan to keep as much of our already booked line-up intact, and we’ll have some updates for you early in the new year.”

Read the full post below.

As promised, we have a Unify 2021 update, and some other news we'd like to share.Unify 2021 will not go ahead. We'd…

Posted by UNIFY Gathering on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The already-booked lineup, mentioned in the statement, ties in with the announcement made by UNIFY Gathering back in April, when organisers revealed their intention to feature an all-Aussie lineup.

The lineup was slated to replicate the bill of UNIFY’s 2015 debut event, which featured the likes of The Amity Affliction, Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Thy Art Is Murder, Hellions and more on the lineup.

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In place of a live event in 2021, however, UNIFY Gathering has teamed up with hard rock radio network The Faction which will host a hard rock radio takeover, scheduled to take place between January 15-17.

The Faction’s UNIFY-related programming will include past and new interviews with UNIFY artists, as well as live tracks from past performances and crossovers to fans and musicians.

“We know this won’t replace an actual festival, but we’ve all become accustomed to spending the middle weekend of January hanging out with like-minded folk and celebrating heavy music,” organisers said in their statement.

“What we’re hoping is that we can encourage you all to have your own Unify related parties around the country, invite your friends and turn on The Faction radio to celebrate the music and community we all love.”

In January, UNIFY Gathering 2020 took place in Tarwin Lower, Victoria, featuring international headliners Architects and The Ghost Inside, as well as Australian acts Polaris, Tonight Alive and Tired Lion, among many others.

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