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The second annual Unify Heavy Music Gathering lineup has been announced. Headliner’s Parkway Drive will be joined by In Hearts Wake, Tonight Alive, Neck Deep and State Champs, as well as Stray From The Path, Hands Like Houses, Dream On Dreamer, Make Them Suffer, Hellions, Trophy Eyes, Ocean Grove, Stories, Columbus, Void Of Vision and The Weight of Silence. It all goes down on Saturday January 16 and Sunday January 17 at Tarwin Meadows in Gippsland and once again there are only 5000 tickets available, which go on sale on Thursday October 1.
 
Kisschasy have added a third and final show to their last ever tour. With two sold out Corner Hotel’s under their belt, they’ve announced another show on Saturday November 28 at Max Watt’s with Born Lion, With Confidence, My Echo and The Pretty Littles. Limited tickets are available now.
 
Melbourne band Kissing Booth will raise money for the Cancer Council in ballsy style next month. Not only will all proceeds from their John Curtin show with The Union Pacific, Apart From This and Lincoln LeFevre go to Cancer Council Victoria, the entire band have promised to shave their heads if they can raise $3000. That means just 200 payers at their October 16 gig. Alternatively there’s a fundraising page set up with the cancer council for you to make that tax-deductible charitable donation now.
 
Geoff Rickly, vocalist of Thursday, has had an impossibly shitty week. His label Collect Records had been funded by Turing Pharmaceuticals founder Martin Shkreli, who was exposed for implementing some very maligned policies. So, Rickly immediately decided to cut ties with him. “This is going to end the career of the record label, no doubt,” he conceded. Then just two nights ago Rickly was unexpectedly poisoned and mugged in Hamburg, Germany. Rickly was covering well in hospital earlier in the week and expected to play Thursday shows as scheduled.
 
Fans wait impatiently this week to see who AJ Maddah will reveal as Soundwave 2016’s big drawcard. Many had picked Tool as a likely candidate, but that dream was squashed by one of Maddah’s random twitter conversations with a fan. Bizarre Japanese three-piece Babymetal look likely to be confirmed, but even the festival’s most fanatic followers seem stumped about the all important headliner.