The ever-growing UNIFY Gathering has announced today the 2021 dates for the festival, as well as the news that the lineup will be all Australian.

“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,” said a festival statement.

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“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.”

Trophy Eyes performing at UNIFY Gathering 2019UNIFY continues to be one of the premier events on the Aussie heavy music calendar

It’s a huge statement from the festival, which has hosted legendary sets by the likes of Thy Art Is Murder, Northlane, Parkway Drive, Polaris, Karnivool and more throughout their short but celebrated history.

The festival has also been the center for special ‘one-off’ events, with last year seeing Hand Of Mercy reunite for a one-off set of throw-downs, and most memorably the aforementioned Thy Art Is Murder re-uniting with their vocalist CJ McMahon onstage, to the delight of fans.

WATCH: CJ McMahon returns to the Thy Art fold

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UNIFY have also announced that they will not be asking bands to place any restrictions on their tour dates around the same time as the festival, noting that “we are also aware that Australian artists are right now doing their best to reschedule current dates and look for opportunities that can work once life resumes.

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“UNIFY will also have no restrictions on artists wanting to do tour dates surrounding our dates.”

While we can rule out all international acts, now is the time to get your line-up prediction hat on.

Bring on an all Aussie mosh fest in Gippsland next year!

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