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Are We One Step Closer To Download Festival AU?

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In the immortal words of Linkin Park, we could be one step closer to seeing Download Festival in Australia. A little over a week ago we shared the news that the massive UK heavy fest may be coming to Oz off the back of a few (admittedly vague) tweets from festival promoter Andy Copping. He urged, “Don’t give up hope” before telling fans to “watch this space”.

Today it appears that we’ve crept ever closer to Download AU becoming a reality with the news that Live Nation and UNIFIED have announced the launch of their touring partnership, UNIFY Presents.

On the surface, the two might not seem related. But in a press release issued by Live Nation this morning, they make a point of mentioning, “Live Nation is also the producer of the UK’s famous DOWNLOAD Festival.” Seemingly irrelevant info to include for an audience not based in the United Kingdom, right? The rest of the press release reads as follows:

Under its founder and CEO Jaddan Comerford, UNIFIED has a strong history of successful touring for its management clients including Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Violent Soho, Northlane, In Hearts Wake and Illy, as well as running the critically acclaimed and sold out UNIFY events in 2015 and 2016. Seeing a gap in the rock market and holding many key relationships around the world, UNIFIED’s decision to enter the touring space is an important move for the Australian market. 

Already a force worldwide, LIVE NATION is one of the leading promoters in the region and carries a considerable pedigree in Heavy Music ranging from juggernauts Metallica, Black Sabbath and Linkin Park to recent tours with Sleeping with Sirens, Soilwork, Tonight Alive and Asking Alexandria. 

You may have seen the UNIFY Presents logo pop up on posters for the upcoming Bring Me The Horizon tour, the brand’s first official venture into the touring world. Following the success of UNIFY Gathering these past two years, this partnership looks set to fill the gaping whole left in the live heavy music scene after the collapse of Soundwave Festival at the end of last year.

More news as it comes to hand, folks.

Until then, have a taste of what we might be seeing if Download makes its way Down Under.

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