UNIFY is a Punk, Hardcore and Metal festival held in Tarwin Lower Victoria. UNIFY was first held in 2015 with a limit of 2000 attendees, but proved to be such a success that the number was raised to 5000 for this year’s event. The bands, as well as the fans, come from all over Australia and the world. Artist Manager Aidan McLaren told me that there were attendees coming from Austria, just to attend the festival and then return home. What makes this festival somewhat different to many, is that it’s relatively small, attendees can bring their own supplies and camp out for the entire event, something that everyone I spoke to mentioned. But it was the overall nature, location and character of the event that also received a lot of positive comment and Aidan seemed very pleased with the way things were going this year.
Every year, Mossvale Park is host to at least one music festival and the first one for this year was the Summer of Soul. The Summer of Soul was organised by the Lyrebird Arts Council Inc and is one of many events that they organise each year in South Gippsland. Acts this year included The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, Vika and Linda Bull, and many others. Mossvale Park is an idyllic location for such music festivals, nestled in a pleasant valley surrounded by historic trees that provide shade on the hottest of days (and some shelter on a wet day) and with a sound stage that is what you could call a micro Sidney Myer Music Bowl (sort of).