UNIFY Gathering's 2022 event, UNIFY Forever has officially been postponed and will now take place between Thursday 10th March - Sunday 13th March.
The iconic heavy music festival was scheduled to return to the Victorian town of Tarwin Lower from Thursday 20th January - Sunday 23rd January, with an amazing all-Aussie lineup headlined by The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho. The postponement is a result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 currently impacting the state.
Crucially all tickets still remain valid and the festival has been able to secure the majority of existing acts, thanks to organisers having factored in the official backup dates at the point of bookings, meaning that effectively all that has changed is the date.
UNIFY Gathering has provided the following official statement,
UNIFY Forever will unfortunately not be going ahead this January and will instead take place on our previously announced back-up weekend of Thursday 10 March to Sunday 13 March 2022.
With the rise in COVID positive cases and the impact this is having on the healthcare system and staffing levels, we received critical advice yesterday from key stakeholders, including emergency services, that the resources required to run UNIFY Forever on the January dates would be limited due to the pandemic.
As we hope you all understand, without the confirmation of adequate emergency services and other key event personnel we just can’t proceed safely in January. Although not the outcome we had hoped for, safety is always our priority when running UNIFY and it's the best decision we can make given the current situation.
All tickets remain valid for the March dates and we are stoked that we have been able to keep the vast majority of line-up intact. A further update on this will be made over the coming weeks.
We appreciate all your support and patience during this time and sincerely thank all the staff, agents, managers, artists, venue and crew who have worked tirelessly on UNIFY Forever to try and make it happen."
At Maniacs we wish the festival all the best for the rescheduled dates, it has been far too long since we've all been able to sing ourselves hoarse while The Amity Affliction tear it up on stage. Until March we'll have to make do with the below video of them playing Soak Me In Bleach on ABC TV's The Set.
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