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Out of a year of live music misery, one shining beacon of hope was the recent announcement that UNIFY is planning on holding their annual concert next year from January 20 to 23 at Tarwin Lower, South Gippsland.

The all – Australian lineup is already impressive after just the first announcement, with The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho leading the charge along with a host of other Aussie heavyweights including Alpha Wolf, Ocean Grove, Plini, RedHook and Thornhill.

Thornhill vocalist Jacob Charlton joined HEAVY to chat about UNIFY 2022.

“It’s gonna be really fun to go back,” he enthused, “because we were in Europe the last time it was on, we didn’t get to go and see it.”

Run over three days, the festival is massive in scale not just for the punters, but also the bands who will no doubt be reacquainting themselves with long time friends they have not seen in over 12 months because of lockdowns.

“That’s the whole thing,” Charlton smiled. “I don’t know what day we have, is that even announced? I’m really hoping it’s not the Saturday (laughs). If we play Friday I can just chill out and see everyone on the Friday and be like hi, I’m not drinking, I’m playing a show today. Playing, hopefully kill it, and then ruin myself for the next two days. BUT, I don’t think it’s going to be the case because I have a feeling I’m not gonna have it the way I want it and I’m gonna have to be a big Normie for the first two days.”

In the full interview, Jacob talks us more through UNIFY 2022, who he is most looking forward to seeing, the threat of COVID and how he prepares for a festival that may be threatened, what Thornhill have been doing in lockdown, new music and what direction it may take and more.

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