The Most Unforgettable Moments Of Unify Forever

  • The Most Unforgettable Moments Of Unify Forever
    POSTED 23 Mar 2022

    unify forever - amity - hibbed
    The Amity Affliction live at Unify Forever, credit: Kane Hibberd

    UNIFY Forever brought the truly unique energy of Unify Gathering back to the fields of the tiny Gippsland town Tarwin Lower treating heavy music festival starved Aussies to an unforgettable experience full of moments that'll liver forever in our memories.  Headlined by Queensland boys made massive, The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho the stacked all-Aussie lineup showcased the strength and diversity of this land down under's incredible heavy/alternative music scene, proving once again that while it is nice to see our international favourites, we don't NEED them to put on a world-class festival.

    A weekend of breathtaking performances, good vibes, BYO beverages, socialising at impressive campsites and more than a few much-needed coffees of a surprisingly high calibre (Bussy McBusface forever), Unify Forever delivered in more ways than we can wax (or should we say Waax) lyrical about here, with literally every set by every band offering that almost inexplicable 'can't miss' quality that only the best live music can provide.

    After thinking it over for a few days, we've finally been able to commit to a list of our favourite Unify Forever memories.  These are the most unforgettable moments of Unify Forever.   

    The Most Unforgettable Moments Of Unify Forever 

    The Amity Affliction's Friday night headlining set

    amity - unify forever - credit - kane hibberd

    As far as connections between a band and their audience go, The Amity Affliction's bond with their fans is pretty special and that mutual love was on display throughout Amity’s epic Friday night headlining set. From the moment they burst onto the stage with an incendiary performance of Pittsburgh, the band had the entirety of Unify Forever singing along to every word of every song as if their lives depended upon it. With vocalists Joel Birch and Ahren Stringer leading the unruly masses through hit after hit, Amity took the communal good vibes of Unify Forever to another level. Performing tracks from across their career, the likes of Open Letter, Like Love, Chasing Ghosts, Youngbloods, All My Friends Are Dead, Don’t Lean On Me and closer Soak Me In Bleach had the crowd in raptures throughout the set, ensuring the night ended in a way befitting the day that had come before it. Kudos to Ocean Grove drummer Sam Bassal who filled in on drums giving his second flawless percussive display of the day. What a beast. 

    Violent Soho close Unify Forever in style with Covered In Chrome 

    violent soho - amity

    Violent Soho earned their now indisputable status as headliners the OG way, through hard work and quality songwriting. Closing out Saturday night, the unmatched relatability and power of their songcraft was on full display. Armed with an old-school stack of amps, their instruments and a swag bag of triple j hits, the Mansfield alt-rock stars brought Unify Forever to a rocking end, tearing through generation-defining hits How To Taste, Viceroy, Saramona Said, Dope Calypso, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend, Like Soda and Vacation Forever, with vocalist/guitarist Luke Boerdam and bandmates letting rip with the occasional burst of flames for good measure, before bringing the festival to a close with a deafening singalong in the form of the mighty Covered In Chrome. 
    A mighty song to put a memorable end to an unforgettable weekend. Hell fuck yeah. 

    WAAX Bring a bit of MCR to Unify Forever with a cracking cover of Teenagers 

    unify forever - waax

    Waax's Friday evening set was an absolute standout from a stellar day one, with their impassioned performance bringing a genuine partylike atmosphere to proceedings with their raucous, punk-infused brand of gritty rock. Vocalist Maz DeVita is the owner of one of the best voices Australia's heavy scene has to offer and wasted no time winning the crowd over with it with a corker of an opening trio of tunes I Am, Wild & Weak and No Apology before sending Unify Forever absolutely bonkers with a cracking cover of My Chemical Romance's anthem Teenagers. Anyone who wasn't onboard with Waax before this was one over immediately, with Tarwin Lower becoming the centre of the emo world for the remainder of the set. Their own songs are absolutely unfuckwithable as it is (especially FU, Most Hated Girl and closer Labrador) but combining Unify Forever and My Chemical Romance was pure genius. What a time. 

    Thornhill bring a bit of Hollywood to Unify Forever

    unify forever - thornhill

    Thornhill have taken some massive steps over the last few years, evolving into one of the most interesting and dynamic bands in the Aussie scene. That growth was on full display on Saturday night at Unify Forever with the band putting on an awesome showing that had Unify captivated. A seamless blend of old and new Thornhill tracks including Views From The Sun, Reptile, All The Light We Don't See, Coven and huge closer Where We Go When We Die brought to the live stage with passion and class by the Melbourne alt-heavy act inspiring pits to open up and people to get plenty loose. It was the live debuts of material off of their upcoming album Hollywood that stole the set, with Cassanova, Arkangel and Hollywood radiating that special energy that screams future headliner. 

    Ocean Grove turn back the clock and activate the mosh with former vocalist Luke Holmes 

    unify forever - ocean grove

    Ocean Grove etched ever closer to headliner status with a star-making turn on Friday. Playing a set featuring tracks from across their career including songs from BOTH of their as-yet untoured albums 2020's Flip Phone Fantasy and the soon to be released Up In The Air Forever and the live debuts of Sex Dope Gold, Guys From The Gord, Cali Sun and especially Silver Lining given a rousing response from the crowd, with Silver Lining turning the entire festival grounds into one giant voice of positivity. Frontman Dale Tanner kept the crowd engaged with his natural charisma while an impressive light and pyrotechnic display made them look every bit the crossover stars they seem destined to become. Every member of this band has that it factor, with drummer Sam Bassal and bassist Twiggy Hunter as unmissable as Tanner. For fans familiar with the bands' history and their relationship with Unify though the highlight of the set came when former vocalist Luke Holmes popped up for a nostalgic run through Lights On Kind Of Lover and Stratosphere Love.

    RedHook bring Saturday arvo to life with Bad Decisions. 

    unify forever - redhook

    Sydney's RedHook have been threatening to blow up for a minute and on a sunny Saturday arvo at Unify Forever that moment arrived. Fronted by Emmy Mack, the band had the Saturday afternoon audience losing their minds from the moment they hit the stage, turning in one of the most memorable afternoon sets in Unify history. If you entered the arena that day not knowing who they were you definitely left it knowing them. This was an absolute riot. RedHook smashing through banger Bad Decisions, with Emmy flanked by several of the other female musicians on the festival as a bunch of humans lost their minds and what looked like little inflatable pillows flew into the air and over the pit accompanied by flailing bodies doing just the same was the highlight but the whole damn set was delightful. 

    Yours Truly show they were born ready for pop-punk stardom 

    unfy forever - yours truly

    The last time Yours Truly played Unify they were the opening band, by the next time they play Unify they very well might headline the whole damn thing. The Sydney band put on a pure pop-punk masterclass at Unify Forever. Mikaila Delgado has a genuine magnetism as a live performer, moving about the stage, cutting shapes while sending melodies soaring over the band's energetic brand of pop-punk. Every song in this set sounded every bit like a world-class pop-punk hit with Walk Over My Grave, Circles, Funeral Home, Siamese Souls and High Hopes inspiring many to get their pogo on and many more to shout every word. When the band departed with a brilliant rendition of Heartsleeves, complete with confetti hearts filling the arena, it looked every bit like the next big pop-punk act had arrived. Unify Forever knows it, the world is set to find out next. 

    Trophy Eyes playing Chemical Miracle in full

    unify forever - trophy eyes

    2017's Chemical Miracle changed the lives of the members of Trophy Eyes forever. An underground breakthrough hit powered by the combination of John Floreani's unflinchingly honest lyricism and a band with a knack for big, sweeping, emotive hooks, Chemical Miracle occupies a special place in the hearts of many in the Unify Forever crowd. Unsurprisingly Trophy Eyes playing such an impactful record in full, live, in one of the places it took off first (their 2017 Unify set was an eye-opener for everyone and one of the largest afternoon crowds I've ever seen at the festival) went over rather well. A set-long lovefest between band and audience with both sides putting all of themselves into creating, experiencing and living a moment and what a special moment it was. The way the crowd sang every word of Chlorine and Daydreamer, more than a few with tears in their eyes was a sight to be seen. The perfect combination of set and festival. 

    Buy Amity Affliction Merch now.

    the amity affliction merch
    Everyone Loves You...Once You Leave Them CD/T-Shirt Bundle

    Listen to The Amity Affliction now.

    SHARE THIS ON

RELATED POSTS

Submitted by wordsbybrenton on Wed, 03/23/2022 - 05:13

unify forever - amity - hibbed
The Amity Affliction live at Unify Forever, credit: Kane Hibberd

UNIFY Forever brought the truly unique energy of Unify Gathering back to the fields of the tiny Gippsland town Tarwin Lower treating heavy music festival starved Aussies to an unforgettable experience full of moments that'll liver forever in our memories.  Headlined by Queensland boys made massive, The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho the stacked all-Aussie lineup showcased the strength and diversity of this land down under's incredible heavy/alternative music scene, proving once again that while it is nice to see our international favourites, we don't NEED them to put on a world-class festival.

A weekend of breathtaking performances, good vibes, BYO beverages, socialising at impressive campsites and more than a few much-needed coffees of a surprisingly high calibre (Bussy McBusface forever), Unify Forever delivered in more ways than we can wax (or should we say Waax) lyrical about here, with literally every set by every band offering that almost inexplicable 'can't miss' quality that only the best live music can provide.

After thinking it over for a few days, we've finally been able to commit to a list of our favourite Unify Forever memories.  These are the most unforgettable moments of Unify Forever.   

The Most Unforgettable Moments Of Unify Forever 

The Amity Affliction's Friday night headlining set

amity - unify forever - credit - kane hibberd

As far as connections between a band and their audience go, The Amity Affliction's bond with their fans is pretty special and that mutual love was on display throughout Amity’s epic Friday night headlining set. From the moment they burst onto the stage with an incendiary performance of Pittsburgh, the band had the entirety of Unify Forever singing along to every word of every song as if their lives depended upon it. With vocalists Joel Birch and Ahren Stringer leading the unruly masses through hit after hit, Amity took the communal good vibes of Unify Forever to another level. Performing tracks from across their career, the likes of Open Letter, Like Love, Chasing Ghosts, Youngbloods, All My Friends Are Dead, Don’t Lean On Me and closer Soak Me In Bleach had the crowd in raptures throughout the set, ensuring the night ended in a way befitting the day that had come before it. Kudos to Ocean Grove drummer Sam Bassal who filled in on drums giving his second flawless percussive display of the day. What a beast. 

Violent Soho close Unify Forever in style with Covered In Chrome 

violent soho - amity

Violent Soho earned their now indisputable status as headliners the OG way, through hard work and quality songwriting. Closing out Saturday night, the unmatched relatability and power of their songcraft was on full display. Armed with an old-school stack of amps, their instruments and a swag bag of triple j hits, the Mansfield alt-rock stars brought Unify Forever to a rocking end, tearing through generation-defining hits How To Taste, Viceroy, Saramona Said, Dope Calypso, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend, Like Soda and Vacation Forever, with vocalist/guitarist Luke Boerdam and bandmates letting rip with the occasional burst of flames for good measure, before bringing the festival to a close with a deafening singalong in the form of the mighty Covered In Chrome. 
A mighty song to put a memorable end to an unforgettable weekend. Hell fuck yeah. 

WAAX Bring a bit of MCR to Unify Forever with a cracking cover of Teenagers 

unify forever - waax

Waax's Friday evening set was an absolute standout from a stellar day one, with their impassioned performance bringing a genuine partylike atmosphere to proceedings with their raucous, punk-infused brand of gritty rock. Vocalist Maz DeVita is the owner of one of the best voices Australia's heavy scene has to offer and wasted no time winning the crowd over with it with a corker of an opening trio of tunes I Am, Wild & Weak and No Apology before sending Unify Forever absolutely bonkers with a cracking cover of My Chemical Romance's anthem Teenagers. Anyone who wasn't onboard with Waax before this was one over immediately, with Tarwin Lower becoming the centre of the emo world for the remainder of the set. Their own songs are absolutely unfuckwithable as it is (especially FU, Most Hated Girl and closer Labrador) but combining Unify Forever and My Chemical Romance was pure genius. What a time. 

Thornhill bring a bit of Hollywood to Unify Forever

unify forever - thornhill

Thornhill have taken some massive steps over the last few years, evolving into one of the most interesting and dynamic bands in the Aussie scene. That growth was on full display on Saturday night at Unify Forever with the band putting on an awesome showing that had Unify captivated. A seamless blend of old and new Thornhill tracks including Views From The Sun, Reptile, All The Light We Don't See, Coven and huge closer Where We Go When We Die brought to the live stage with passion and class by the Melbourne alt-heavy act inspiring pits to open up and people to get plenty loose. It was the live debuts of material off of their upcoming album Hollywood that stole the set, with Cassanova, Arkangel and Hollywood radiating that special energy that screams future headliner. 

Ocean Grove turn back the clock and activate the mosh with former vocalist Luke Holmes 

unify forever - ocean grove

Ocean Grove etched ever closer to headliner status with a star-making turn on Friday. Playing a set featuring tracks from across their career including songs from BOTH of their as-yet untoured albums 2020's Flip Phone Fantasy and the soon to be released Up In The Air Forever and the live debuts of Sex Dope Gold, Guys From The Gord, Cali Sun and especially Silver Lining given a rousing response from the crowd, with Silver Lining turning the entire festival grounds into one giant voice of positivity. Frontman Dale Tanner kept the crowd engaged with his natural charisma while an impressive light and pyrotechnic display made them look every bit the crossover stars they seem destined to become. Every member of this band has that it factor, with drummer Sam Bassal and bassist Twiggy Hunter as unmissable as Tanner. For fans familiar with the bands' history and their relationship with Unify though the highlight of the set came when former vocalist Luke Holmes popped up for a nostalgic run through Lights On Kind Of Lover and Stratosphere Love.

RedHook bring Saturday arvo to life with Bad Decisions. 

unify forever - redhook

Sydney's RedHook have been threatening to blow up for a minute and on a sunny Saturday arvo at Unify Forever that moment arrived. Fronted by Emmy Mack, the band had the Saturday afternoon audience losing their minds from the moment they hit the stage, turning in one of the most memorable afternoon sets in Unify history. If you entered the arena that day not knowing who they were you definitely left it knowing them. This was an absolute riot. RedHook smashing through banger Bad Decisions, with Emmy flanked by several of the other female musicians on the festival as a bunch of humans lost their minds and what looked like little inflatable pillows flew into the air and over the pit accompanied by flailing bodies doing just the same was the highlight but the whole damn set was delightful. 

Yours Truly show they were born ready for pop-punk stardom 

unfy forever - yours truly

The last time Yours Truly played Unify they were the opening band, by the next time they play Unify they very well might headline the whole damn thing. The Sydney band put on a pure pop-punk masterclass at Unify Forever. Mikaila Delgado has a genuine magnetism as a live performer, moving about the stage, cutting shapes while sending melodies soaring over the band's energetic brand of pop-punk. Every song in this set sounded every bit like a world-class pop-punk hit with Walk Over My Grave, Circles, Funeral Home, Siamese Souls and High Hopes inspiring many to get their pogo on and many more to shout every word. When the band departed with a brilliant rendition of Heartsleeves, complete with confetti hearts filling the arena, it looked every bit like the next big pop-punk act had arrived. Unify Forever knows it, the world is set to find out next. 

Trophy Eyes playing Chemical Miracle in full

unify forever - trophy eyes

2017's Chemical Miracle changed the lives of the members of Trophy Eyes forever. An underground breakthrough hit powered by the combination of John Floreani's unflinchingly honest lyricism and a band with a knack for big, sweeping, emotive hooks, Chemical Miracle occupies a special place in the hearts of many in the Unify Forever crowd. Unsurprisingly Trophy Eyes playing such an impactful record in full, live, in one of the places it took off first (their 2017 Unify set was an eye-opener for everyone and one of the largest afternoon crowds I've ever seen at the festival) went over rather well. A set-long lovefest between band and audience with both sides putting all of themselves into creating, experiencing and living a moment and what a special moment it was. The way the crowd sang every word of Chlorine and Daydreamer, more than a few with tears in their eyes was a sight to be seen. The perfect combination of set and festival. 

Buy Amity Affliction Merch now.

the amity affliction merch
Everyone Loves You...Once You Leave Them CD/T-Shirt Bundle

Listen to The Amity Affliction now.

Category Tier 1
Author Name
Brenton Harris
Blog Thumbnail
unify forever - credit - kane hibberd
Slug URL
The Most Unforgettable Moments Of Unify Forever

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Join the Maniacs mailing list now to hear about the latest releases, tours, competitions & more.

terms

By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Maniacs and their record label based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the Privacy Policy. I understand that I can opt-out at any time by emailing privacypolicy@wmg.com.

Thank you!
x

Welcome to the Maniacs mailing list!

Customize your notifications for tour dates near your hometown, birthday wishes, or special discounts in our online store!

terms

By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Maniacs and their record label based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the Privacy Policy. In addition, if I have checked the box above, I agree to receive such updates and messages about similar artists, products and offers. I understand that I can opt-out from messages at any time by emailing privacypolicy@wmg.com.