Picking up on the slack left by Soundwave, UNIFY brings out some of the best heavy bands in Australia and the world. Now in its fourth year running, they’ve had time to iron out the kinks, find out what the people love and deliver festival perfection. The only thing they unfortunately couldn’t control this year was the weather.
Despite tents receiving a belting from the wind and rain, punters belted out songs and turned the mosh pits on their head day and night. With the first night entertaining the likes of Polaris, Four Year Stong, Tonight Alive, Architects, the show was strength to strength right up until the headline; In that moment Parkway Drive delivered a faultless beauty.
Celebrating their Decade of Horizons tour, Parkway rumbled onto the stage and played potentially one of the best sets of the entire festival, including the best mosh pit of the festival, which at one point, included an Oompa Loompa crowd surfing in an inflatable boat.
By the time Saturday came around, tents had been completely lost to the weather, dignity was lost to the beers consumed the night before, but spirits remained high and it didn’t take long for the acts of day two to bolster them there for good.
Dear Seattle, didn’t fit this year’s bill in the same way as they may have fit last years but it didn’t stop the crowd bowing down to them, performing shoey after shoey like it was a religious tradition.
Side note, Dear Seattle have been touring Australia over the last year and if you haven’t seen them play, do it. Regardless of if you know all their tunes, you’re going to enjoy their show. It’s just a group of dudes having a bloody good time with brilliant music.
As the day crept on we were treated again and again until finally the Hellions, Hands Like Houses and The Amity Affliction brought the heavy hitting tunes to a close. The stand out act of the night had to be Hands Like Houses, with a serious nod towards Trenton Woodley’s vocal work on the night.
Overall, UNIFY 2018 was an absolute ‘scream’ of a festival...........(geddit). In all seriousness though, this year’s festival was a extremely positive event, with a great local community involvement, mental health awareness/support and well thought out design, we can’t wait to return in 2019!
On a final note, well done to the festival for being able to allow punters to bring in their own alcohol and still maintain control of it. Being such a young festival it says a lot towards how well the festival is organised.
All images UNIFY Facebook Page unless stated otherwise.