UNIFY Gathering is a heavy music lover’s dream come true
15.10.2019

UNIFY Gathering is a heavy music lover’s dream come true

Photo by Neal Walters

When?

Thursday January 9 – Sunday January 12.

Where?

UNIFY Gathering takes place over three days in the small coastal Gippsland town of Tarwin Lower. With native Australian bush on one side and stunning views of hills on the other, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful greenery as you’re catapulted into a heavy music lover’s dream and served much more than just tantalising tunes.

Who?

Architects, The Ghost Inside, Northlane, Polaris, Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Make Them Suffer, Stray From The Path, Dear Seattle, Void Of Vision, Antagonist AD, Knocked Loose, Tired Lion, Kublai Khan TX, The Beautiful Monument, Eat Your Heart Out, Between You And Me, The Brave, Diamond Construct, Columbus, Tapestry, Sleep Talk, Caged Existence, and Something Something Explosion.

The history

UNIFY Gathering first ran in 2015 as a two-day camping festival and has since grown to a three-day camping festival showcasing renowned local and international acts. With the festival going strong and offering heavy music lovers around the country the sounds they want to hear, it’s a highly anticipated annual event. Mark this one in your calendar if you’re up for some good times and ready to head bang.

What to bring

There are definitely a few must-have items if you’re going to make the trek out to Gippsland for UNIFY. Make sure you grab your tickets before you leave and have proof of ID. You’ll also need a car pass if you’re going to be driving to the festival and utilising the car park. Make sure you have a working tent, a sleeping bag and pillow and a folding camp chair. Don’t forget sunglasses, a hat and lots of sunscreen along with a reusable water bottle.

It’s also worth packing warmer clothes in case it gets cold overnight. A torch and bug spray will be helpful to have on hand, too. Bring closed toe shoes, snacks, and earplugs.

UNIFY is also a cashless festival. You can buy PITCOIN currency online from November and at the festival’s top up stations and info points. Make sure to do this in advance so you don’t get to the front of the food or bar queue and find you can’t pay because you forgot to purchase your PITCOIN. But most importantly, bring a positive attitude and prepare for some sick tunes.

One must-see performer

Obviously, the headliners: Architects and The Ghost Inside, but for local bands check out Sleep Talk from Adelaide and The Brave from Brisbane.

Thinking green

UNIFY Gathering is dedicated to protecting the environment on which the festival is held. On Sunday August 25, UNIFY Gathering hosted its first ever Tree Planting Project with over 40 festival fans stopping by to plant over 2000 native trees around the event’s beautiful site.

One tip for someone who has never been to a festival

Soak up the fun atmosphere, enjoy a few bevs, try to see as many bands as you can and don’t get too overwhelmed.

One costume recommendation

Your favourite band tee.

Tickets

General admission is $279 and includes festival and camping access. If you’re chasing a VIP experience, the Temple Bar Experience gives you exclusive access to the Temple Bar, offering a prime vantage point of the stage, for $349 (including booking fee). There are add ons available, too, including an early access pass for $99, car passes for $20, and camper/caravan passes for $75.

Grab your tickets and find out more about UNIFY Gathering at unifygathering.com.

Never miss a story. Sign up to Beat’s newsletter and you’ll be served fresh music, arts, food and culture stories three times a week.