Thursday, March 30, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Some of Australian music’s heaviest hitters are heading to Mackay after Unify Gathering announced their touring festival UNIFY Off The Record 2023.
The rock, metal and punk festival, usually held in South Gippsland, Victoria, announced it will be taking a break in 2023, touring a mini festival around Australia instead visiting Mackay, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Frankston.
“When we made the decision to skip the 2023 gathering, we knew right away that we wanted to do something to fill the space left,” the festival said in a statement.
UNIFY Off The Record will feature a diverse roster of acts, celebrating heavy music at an intimate club show at the Seabreeze Hotel.
Thornhill, Void of Vision, Young Lions, Wildheart and locals Arcade Stories will all be taking the stage in May.
The event will also include pop up stores, artist signings and workshops before and after doors, with the aim to bring as much of UNIFY on the road as is possible.
“UNIFY is obviously a music festival, but it’s also always been an opportunity to bring our heavy music loving community together to share our experiences and learn,” the statement continued.
“We’re taking that ethos with us on the Off The Record road trip, working alongside APRA AMCOS and Support Act to host some real-talk sessions on everything from song writing to mental health, and providing exclusive insight into some of the Off The Record artist’s own stories.
“You’ll also be able to hit up the travelling pop up merch shop, selling our exclusive UNIFY Off The Record merch and other hard-to-find goodies.”
WHAT: UNIFY Off The Record 2023
WHERE: Seabreeze Hotel
WHEN: Saturday, May 20
Melbourne’s Thornhill will headline the UNIFYOff The Record in Mackay. Photo supplied