ALL roads will lead to Tarwin Lower next January for ‘Unify 2016’, the second staging of a heavy metal music concert, based at the recreation reserve, that’s set to attract 5000 people.
Last time, for the first running of the event, 3000 tickets were sold out in three hours, with organisers erring on the side of caution in limiting numbers.
However, as promoter Rhett McLaren of Krowera explained to the South Gippsland Shire Council last week, having easily accommodated 3000 people over two days earlier this year, they feel confident about setting the upper limit at 5000 in January 2016.
“Now that we’ve worked this site, we are going to set capacity at 5000,” said Mr McLaren, saying that community support for the event from local sporting clubs in particular plus the respectful nature of the crowd, meant it wouldn’t be a problem.
“The music might be heavy but certainly not the crowd,” Mr McLaren said.
“The feedback we received from the community was quite heart-warming. This was actually the first time we had worked with heavy metal fans and we found them terrific to deal with.
“A lot of the bands and the fans too are quite environmental and you’ll hear that in their lyrics.
“The locals who supplied food and other services said they were impressed with how many people said please and thank you and how much they loved the area.
“They party hard but they’re very respectful,” he said.
The McLaren family are well known in the area as the founders of the ‘Hills Are Alive’ concerts and have been branching out to other ventures in recent times.
So successful has the heavy metal concert been that they may even take it to other states.
The shire councillors offered some positive comments about the event, going as far as to ask if there might be other events they might consider running in the area.
Deputy mayor Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks asked about the noise, to which Mr McLaren answered that hi-tech sound equipment today allowed it to be more directional and responsive, although there’s no question, it is loud at times.
The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17 and tickets are expected to go on sale soon.