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John Butler Trio, Bernard Fanning & Guests Announce Wollongong Mini Festival – Stuart Park, March 24

Posted on December 1, 2017

YOURS & OWLS TEAM UP WITH SUMMERSALT TO BRING WOLLONGONG TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S FINEST

SummerSalt – the newly launched concert event continues to deliver cream of the crop artists to the great Australian outdoors as it announces two of Australia’s finest artists – John Butler Trio and Bernard Fanning as well as Mama Kin Spender & Oh Pep!  SummerSalt takes place in some of the most picturesque locations around the country.  On top of showcasing the best of home-grown and international bands, it also brings cultural attractions, placing a very heavy emphasis on local community and sustainability.   This is a first of its kind.  The inaugural SummerSalt series of concerts launched with some of Australia’s best loved bands & artists.

With sun, salt air, and sweet music to wash over the Australian coast, SummerSalt will create the perfect setting to dance the afternoon away with your friends or chill on the beach.  New South Wales audiences will be able to soak up some classic seaside charm under the spell of John Butler Trio, Bernard Fanning, Mama Kin Spender & Oh Pep! on the shores of Wollongong & Bondi Beach.

JOHN BUTLER TRIO

John Butler remains one of the most successful independent artists in Australia’s history.  His band, the John Butler Trio, have sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide.   John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the No. 1 most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.  Having played on countless festivals across the globe, John Butler Trio are in constant demand, after developing an earnest reputation as one of the best live blues and roots acts to this day.  Their recent ARIA award winning album, Flesh & Blood, was released globally in February 2014.  This then took them to sold out shows in Australia, Europe & North America, then remarkably saw them play their largest ever headline ticketed show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Colorado) in front of nearly 10,000 people.  John Butler Trio continues to capture their fans and take them on an organic journey.

BERNARD FANNING

Over the last two decades Bernard Fanning has become one of our most adored and celebrated singer/songwriters.  Having fronted Powderfinger, one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, we’ve all been touched by his music in some way – either by his poignant lyrics, smart songcraft or distinctive voice.  In 2005, Bernard began pursuing his solo career, when he released his debut album, Tea and Sympathy.  Since then, his career has taken him to places most musicians can only dream of.  He’s experienced countless sell-out tours, a swag of ARIA’s and accolades to his name, then this year’s acclaimed album release, Brutal Dawn, saw the second installment in a two-album series which followed last year’s ARIA award winning Civil Dusk.  Bernard Fanning is undoubtedly one of our foremost artists that delivers stand out live shows to packed audiences.

MAMA KIN SPENDER

ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender have combined their collective talents into a joyous sound of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies. Together, Mama Kin Spender have become the soulful music alliance and artistic collaboration between this blissful duo.  Their debut single, Air Between Us, was released mid this year and gave music lovers a glorious insight to what we can expect from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Golden Magnets – due for release in March 2018.  From dark to light, inward to outward, Mama Kin Spender is a bewitching collision of alchemy, harmony and percussive wizardry.

OH PEP!

Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) & Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged pop/folk adventure for your ears.  After launching into the Australian music scene with their first EP, the duo spent a week by the beach recording with ARIA-Award Winner and CMAA Producer of the Year, Shane Nicholson and have since launched their second EP, II, with a national and international tour. Oh Pep! are currently preparing to record their debut album and tour North America.

The concert event will include a dedicated SummerSalt Lounge area (for lounge tickets holders only) for those who wish to enjoy the show at their own pace & leisure.  There will also be access for concert goers to market stalls, mobile food options and activities to bring culture and community together.  These events are family friendly and welcome people of all ages.   Patrons are encouraged to check online for all ticketing information first, as each venue has different restrictions.

This is a stellar line up of Australian music and continues to be a superb concert series.

Saturday, March 24

Tickets: here.

CUT COPY ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JANUARY 19

Posted on November 20, 2017
In the past decade and a half, Cut/Copy has truly become an international act. The band has toured across the world, headlining massive sold-out shows and performing
at prime slots of prestigious festivals worldwide such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Lollapalooza in the US; Primavera Sound in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; and
Summer Sonic in Japan. They’ve released four critically praised artist albums, a curated compilation of Melbourne’s finest electronic musicians (Oceans Apart), and 2016’s
limited-edition ambient cassette January Tape. Along the way they have played more than a thousand tour dates, the great majority of which have been to sold out audiences.Each of their records have garnered great critical acclaim, and Cut/Copy’s catalog has won or been nominated for such prestigious awards as the GRAMMYs and the ARIAs.
Cut/Copy’s diversity has also landed their songs into hit movies, television shows, video games including FIFA and Madden, and ads for PlayStation, Google, Apple, Levi’s and Orange.

Recently, Cut Copy returned to Australia performing at Splendour In The Grass coinciding with the release of their brilliant first new single, ‘Airborne’. Now
coinciding with the global release of their 5th studio album ‘Haiku >From Zero’ Cut Copy return for a brief Australia & New Zealand tour in January 2018.

Friday, January 19

Tickets: $30 + BF – here.

JIMMY BARNES, DARYL BRAITHWAITE + MORE ANNOUNCED FOR WOLLONGONG MINI FESTIVAL – PLAYING MCCABE PARK, FEBRUARY 11

Posted on November 20, 2017

Five Aussie rock legends, who together represent the sound and spirit of Australian music, are joining forces and hitting the road next February for a very special one-off show. The event will see

Jimmy Barnes

Daryl Braithwaite

 Ian Moss

Diesel

Mental As Anything

 share the stage on Sunday 11 February 2018 at McCabe Park in Wollongong.

Jimmy Barnes is the heart and soul of Aussie Rock ‘n Roll. Jimmy is an icon and has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity and much loved songs including Working Class Man, Flame Trees and Lay Down Your Guns.

Daryl Braithwaite will be hitting up the stage with one of the country’s most loved anthems, The Horses, followed by Ian Moss, Diesel and Mental As Anything.

Audiences can expect a day jam packed with classic hits and it will certainly be one concert to remember.

Sunday, February 11

Tickets: here.

PNAU Announce New Album & Massive Wollongong Show – Playing UOW Unibar, January 4

Posted on November 13, 2017
Following on from their massive triple platinum selling summer anthem “Chameleon”, Australia’s electro pop hit pioneers, PNAU announce
the forthcoming global release of their long awaited fifth studio album ‘Changa’. Consisting of core members Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore
and featuring LA based Shakira Marshall (back-up singer for Ms. Lauryn Hill) – on vocals, bringing a new and electrifying layer to the band’s live showPNAU have developed a reputation for delivering eccentric dance tracks since their inception in 1999. Changa will be PNAU’s first full length album since 2012’s
‘Good Morning To The Night’, produced in collaboration with Sir Elton John and debuting at #1 in the U.K. album charts and in the Top 5 in
Australia. With ‘Chameleon having already scored over 25 million streams on Spotify alone, Pnau recently unveiled a new 90’s rave style single ‘Into The Sky’
coinciding with a short & hugely successful return to Australian stages as one of the headliners on Listen Out Festivals.

With the much anticipated release of ‘Changa’ coming November 10th and two coveted ARIA Award nominations, Pnau announce a return to
Wollongong with full band for a one off headline show which will undoubtedly be the must attend NY holiday event happening.

Thursday, January 4

Tickets: $45 + BF – here.

Skegss Announce EP Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, January 13

Posted on November 13, 2017

SKEGSS are stoked to announce they are taking their EP Holiday Food on the road to regional Australia this coming December and January. The No Future tour comes fresh off the back of the Holiday Food tour which saw the trio sell out shows in all major cities in Australia, as well as the highly successful Spaghetti Fest under-18s shows. Now the boys are back and will be hitting 15 regional stops with special guests Crocodylus and TOTTY.

SKEGSS – Ben Reed, Toby Cregan and Jonny Lani – have been described as a band with ‘infectious on stage chemistry’ (The Music). They have charmed listeners with their warm surf-punk – seeing high rotation on Triple J with hits like ‘Spring Has Sprung’. The follow up single from the EP, ‘Got On My Skateboard’ had a successful video with YouTube’s Aaron ‘Gocsy’ Gocs in a clip that reflected a nostalgic vision of youth, 90s fashion and bowl cuts.

With high energy performances that seem to have some sort of hypnotic effect over their fans (Moshcam), SKEGSS go fast and loud with a show that will surprise every time. Following their previous sold out Australian tour and a steam of packed European and UK shows – this regional tour will showcase their presence as an unstoppable force in the Australian music scene.

 

Saturday, January 13

Tickets: $20.00 + BF – here.

MANE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE + RELEASE NEW CLIP – PLAYING RAD BAR, NOVEMBER 1

Posted on September 25, 2017

Dramatic and ferocious, the elusive MANE is back with her impressively bold new single What If The Love Dies that is accompanied by an astounding, mind-bending clip that is sure to gather all the right attention.  To celebrate the release, MANE is set to hit the road later this year, stopping by The Gasometer (Melbourne) on October 19, Rocket Bar (Adelaide) on Oct 27, Rad Bar (Wollongong) on Nov 1 and Brighton Up Bar (Sydney) on November 2.

What If The Love Dies says it all, really.  An afflicting question, made even more so when chanted eerily by MANE in the depths of her luscious, chesty voice, as the song peddles the connection between two people in a long distance relationship, and the struggles, uncertainty and frustration the distance can bring about.  Reminiscent of the theatrical and innovative Montaigne and characterised by razor-sharp vocal melodies that are not dissimilar to those of wunderkind Gretta Ray, What If The Love Dies includes all the bluesy rawness that audiences expect from MANE, but with a new electronic edge that feels dangerous and exciting all at once.  Mixed by the Grammy and multiple ARIA winning Eric J Dubowsky (Chet Faker, Kimbra), the woman behind MANE, Paige Renee Court, opens up about the new single, saying “I’m very keen to be releasing this one – I’ve worked hard on it and had the good fortune of some great people working with me.”

Dave Ruby Howe from triple j Unearthed has already gifted the single four stars, saying, This song has this towering pop feel to it – which could be due in part to the mix from studio heavyweight Eric J (Flume, Meg Mac, Odesza). Throw in MANE’s big but dark vocal delivery and you’re entering impressive territory.”  Also a fan, Dom Alessio from Home & Hosed says,There’s something enchanting about this dark, caliginous pop song.”

The clip for What If The Love Dies is appropriately spooky, playing out like a Hollywood blockbuster with a foreboding sense of lovers scorned.  Directed by Kieren Ellis-Jones of Crystal Arrow Films (The Hard Aches), nothing is as it seems as the MANE band play blindfolded upside down and right side up; a man and a woman, also blindfolded, try to find common ground which proves a difficult task when the gravity keeps playing tricks.  Reflecting on the meaning behind the video, Paige remarks, “We played on a ‘love is blind’ narrative quite literally.  Between the performance shots of the band, the story of two people evidently in love spans over three completely different eras in time…but there is a constant sense of distance between them.”

Currently on tour in Europe and the UK, the seasoned performer is thrilled to head back to Australia for a few shows to promote What If The Love Dies, enthusing, “The past year I have been working really hard with the band to create a live sound that emulates the recordings but also has a rawness to it that I feel excited about.  I put a lot of energy into the performance; at times it’s a little dark but other times it’s a lot of fun.”

Wednesday,November 1

Tickets: $7 + BF – here.

YOURS & OWLS SET TIMES 2017

Posted on September 13, 2017

With only two weeks until the Yours & Owls Festival kicks off the crew behind the massive two-day weekender have something that will make you just that little bit more excited, today revealing the set times for this year’s line-up. So whip out that highlighter and start marking off your wish list!

With only a handful of tickets left before completely selling out, you better jump online and grab yours ASAP because this is one case of FOMO you won’t be able to shake!

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September 30 – October 1

Tickets: here.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND AUS TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, FEBRUARY 4

Posted on September 13, 2017

Atlanta based indie rock band, Manchester Orchestra make their anticipated return in support of their brand new album ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’. The album is the band’s fifth, following on from the release of 2014’s “Cope”.

A Black Mile to the Surface is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. It’s a reinvention of sorts, both musically and personally-a sort of cosmic worldview shift.

Manchester Orchestra had always prided themselves on their approach. The band, led by singer/lyricist Andy Hull with Robert McDowell (who is also Hull’s brother-in-law and lifelong friend), had spent their career challenging each other to build a poignant, exhilarating narrative with each new album and EP. The band had worked relentlessly to cultivate a passionate fan base the old-fashioned way: releasing music, making music videos, and touring.

Catch the bombastic, cinematic and incandescent indie rockers live in February – expect most of the classics we all know and love as well as the new Manchester sound we’ve been searching for.

“Delicate harmonies lightly contrasting the darkness of the instrumentation. If Fleet Foxes had an angry sibling, this is what they would sound like.” – Hysteria

“Complex musicality, emotional lyricism and an altogether sprawling take on indie rock that’s as tasteful as it is affecting.” – Double J

Listen to the single “The Gold” now and check out where you’ll be seeing Manchester Orchestra this February below.

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Sunday, February 4

Tickets: $56.90 + BF – here.

MOUNTAIN MEETS SEA: BAG RAIDERS, ENSCHWAY, LUUDE + MORE ANNOUNCED FOR UOW UNIBAR, NOVEMBER 18

Posted on September 13, 2017

An annual end of exams outdoor event at the heart of Wollongong’s Uni Garden featuring some of Australia’s leading Dance acts.

BAG RAIDERS (live)
ENSCHWAY
LUUDE
POLOGRAPHIA (dj set)

+ More to be added

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Saturday, November 18

Tickets: $35 + BF – here.

THE BELLIGERENTS ANNOUNCE ALBUM & TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, NOVEMBER 2

Posted on September 13, 2017

The Belligerents are excited to announce a national tour in support of their excellent album Science Fiction, out September 8. The band will play headline dates in Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, before closing out the tour with an epic hometown show in Brisbane. Joining them on all east coast dates is Sydney newcomer Bus Vipers, who recently signed to Future Classic.

The Belligerents have also shared a blissfully catchy new single. Listen to the album’s title track ‘Science Fiction’ below.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ‘SCIENCE FICTION’

The band’s frontman, Lewis Stephenson, on the making of the song: “Sonically I wanted it to feel polished in a unique way whilst still holding the core of a rock song.” Lyrically, Stephenson says he“wanted to bottle that inescapable feeling of being trapped inside a reality you can’t shake – a longing for escape.

Recorded on a farmhouse on Stradbroke Island during the North Queensland summer, the album is a confident and expansive step forward for the Brisbane five-piece. The 11-song collection includes album singles ‘Caroline‘, ‘Before, I Am‘ and ‘Flash‘, and explores the far reaches of worldly psych-pop.

Known for their magnetic stage presence, The Belligerents are ready to perform the album in a live setting for the first time. “As a band we’ve been holding back on playing the album tracks live for what seems like a really long time now”, says Stephenson. “We’re incredibly excited to get back on the road and play them to everyone who’s been with us on the journey so far.”

Six years on from their formation, no-one can accuse The Belligerents of being in a rush. Their debut full-length statement Science Fiction rewards the wait.

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Thursday, November 2

Tickets: $17.50 + BF – here.