Metal festival returns

METAL UNITED: Jason Gray, Jason Patrick Gray, Dan Pearse, Indianna Pearse and Mark O'Brien have spent months preparing for the event.
METAL UNITED: Jason Gray, Jason Patrick Gray, Dan Pearse, Indianna Pearse and Mark O'Brien have spent months preparing for the event.

Metal United Down Under (MUDU) is coming back to Port Pirie this year for the second time and will be a night filled with all genres of music from punk rock through to death metal.

The festival was an initiative created five years ago which unites Australian cities with the wide range of metal and metal related genres. On the day, Saturday September 22, 15 shows will be held across Australia and will see an average of 100 bands perform on the MUDU stage. 

This year, Pirie’s event will be held at the Pirie Sporting and Community Club, starting at 11 am and going through to midnight, 13 bands will take the stage. 

Dan Pearse the event coordinator under False Flag Promotions says this year they have been able to attain more bands, but also have them travel from interstate to perform on the day. 

“We have got 13 bands, two from Melbourne, eight from Adelaide and three local all playing as apart of Metal United Down Under”, Mr Pearse said. 

With more support coming to light for the day, local businesses have jumped on board in supporting the festival hoping to create a more community spirited event. 

“The main difference you would say would be that we have our first two interstate bands, plus we have the local council, Geoff Brock, Nyrstar, Come See Change and a lot of local businesses. We can’t thank these people enough”, he said. 

“I think because we did it off of our own backs last year and we have put it around town a fair bit and have put up banners. People can see that something is happening here.” 

Dan and his team are hoping to fill the venue on Saturday but also hope to engage a larger audience, spreading the word that the festival is more than just cookie monster music. 

“You can expect everything from punk rock to black metal. Everything from hard rock to punk rock, doom, slug, black metal, death metal. It is for the love of the music and honestly trying to bring something good to the community.” The event is licensed with all ages accepted, bands will start performing from midday.