In order to work their way around the crippled international touring market, Unify Gathering have announced that their 2021 event will feature an 100% Australian lineup.
The beloved heavy festival have announced that next year's event will take place from January 21 - 24 at Tarwin Lower in Victoria - a week later than originally intended. The festival also noted that their proposed all-Australian lineup will reflect their original gathering back in 2015 when they simply "wanted to see what it would be like for The Amity Affliction, Northlane and In Hearts Wake to play 40 minute sets at night at a festival".
A statement from Unify Gathering discussed the impact of COVID-19 upon the music industry, saying that "It’s no secret that the music industry is one of the hardest hit industries by the current situation, and our hearts go out to the artists, crew, agents and managers that have lost their entire touring plans with no certainty of when it is coming back. This festival launched in 2015 with entirely Australian artists, and we’ve had the pleasure of having pretty much every heavy artist in the country perform across our six events. Now we want to invite all of them back for a celebration of this community and everything it provides. We hope to get back as many artists as we can. We’ll be pushing dates back a week to make the January 21 - 24 weekend in 2021."
Last week, Chugg Touring's Michael Chugg revealed in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that he didn't expect any international touring acts to return to Australia for at least 12 months. Considering that the brunt of our international touring acts come from the UK, Europe and the US, we can't see any managing to make it back down under this year.
Stay posted to the Unify Gathering website for more details when they emerge.