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I KNOW LEOPARD ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JUNE 1

Posted on February 11, 2019

Sydney art pop darlings I Know Leopard are heading to Wollongong as part of their first headline national tour since 2015 years to celebrate the release of their long awaited debut album, Love Is A Landmine, which is released on April 5.

Whittled down from over three years’ worth of demos, and written against a back drop of emotional turmoil, which ultimately finished off with new love blossoming, Love Is A Landmine is an unashamedly romantic record that pulls you deep into the rich gamut of emotions that love will inevitably drag you through.

The first singles from the album, “Landmine” and “Heather” demonstrated a stylistic shift for the band from their earlier beloved Triple J and community radio supported tracks, such as “Perfect Picture”, “Let Go” and “Rather Be Lonely”. Finding catharsis in the ethereal bliss of pop’s plastic and proggy past, the band revel in glam, dreamy synth pop and the kind of playful, upbeat, 70s soft rock made famous by ELO, 10CC and the Alan Parsons Project. Blended seamlessly within that is the taught new wave energy of Metronomy and a glorious deep dive into vintage analogue synths.

Produced by The Preatures’ Jack Moffitt and mixed by Luke Million (who also added sounds from his legendary synth collection) I Know Leopard have created the perfect musical complement to the album’s open and impassioned lyrics.  

After touring with Gang Of Youths, Montaigne and Holy Holy, lead vocalist Luke O’Loughlin, Rosie Fitzgerald (bass), Jenny McCullagh (violin and keys) and Todd Andrews (guitar), O’Loughlin will be heading through Wollongong on their furthest reaching headline tour to date.

In an indie rock landscape dominated by 90s grunge throwbacks, hardcore punk and scrappy garage bands, I Know Leopard are something of an anomaly. Gloriously out of step by bringing with them a sense of luxury, glamour and brains with them.

As a finished product, Love Is A Landmine is the musical equivalent of a space blanket: gleaming, shimmering, retro-futuristic and synthetic, but will envelope you and warm you to your very core.

Tickets: $19.94 incl. bf – here

LUKE KIDGELL HITS WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA ON THE TAMBOURINE TOUR – AT UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 15; KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, JUNE 15

Posted on February 11, 2019

What are the top three travel essentials for any holiday? Passport, Phone and a Tambourine, If you thought anything else, you’re incorrect and this probably isn’t the show for you.

Luke Kidgell has travelled the world this year with nothing but a tambourine by his side. From the Statue of Liberty to the Big Buddha in Thailand, Luke and the Tambourine have witnessed some of the greatest wonders of mankind on their travels and now the Tambourine is going down under.

The Big Buddha showed Luke the path to enlightenment, and Luke showed him the first 30 seconds of Jets ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ on the tambourine because it’s always important to share culture.

After a sell-out national tour in 2018 and with over 400,000 fans, a national radio show, a popular comedy Podcast ‘Memoirs of a white guy’ and the ability to play over 2 songs on the tambourine, Luke is one of the biggest comedy entertainers in the country with natural percussive talent.

The Tambourine Tour is here.

Wollongong Tickets: $30.00 incl. bf – here
Canberra Tickets: $30.00 incl. bf – here

FIRST LINE UP FOR DAY OF DANCE FEATURING CLAPTONE ANNOUNCED – AT UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 6

Posted on February 11, 2019

April 6th marks another milestone in Wollongong’s well-deserved house and techno movement. No other than colossal house legend Claptone headlines an open-air dance affair with a huge line up of special guests!

First release tickets are now on sale – move fast.

The faces behind Wollongong’s dedicated music community come together in a day of dance in the UOW Gardens set to raise the standard of house and techno events now and forever after. The well-established entities of Unknown Records, Institute of Dance and Heyday are dominant forces in fighting for the freedoms of rave facilitation through weekly house and techno events, and it’s time to take the task a little further.

April 6th – Unknown Records and Heyday Present. Day of Dance!

Tickets: $60.33 incl. bf – here

ONE LOVE FEATURING NICKY BOMBA BRING BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE SHOW TO WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 29; KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 30

Posted on February 11, 2019

After sell out shows in Sydney and Newcastle, One Love is finally heading South!

A ten-piece group fronted by the amazing Nicky Bomba (best known for his work fronting The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento and as a member of The John Butler Trio) and with members who have performed with the original “Wailers”, Katchafire (NZ), Michael Franti (USA), Maxi Priest (UK) and The Beautiful Girls (Aus.), One Love is a celebration of the music of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

One Love shows are truly a shared experience – the band and the audience rejoicing in the poetry, wisdom and music of Robert Nesta Marley.
Come and be part of the celebration.

“Reggae is the consciousness of the people coming together” – Robert Nesta Marley

Wollongong Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here
Canberra Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here

TASH SULTANA + OCEAN ALLEY ANNOUNCE TWO MASSIVE WOLLONGONG SHOWS – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, FEBRUARY 22 & 23

Posted on February 11, 2019

After the first show scheduled for February 23 sold out in record time, global sensation Tash Sultana has announced a second show at Wollongong Uni Gardens on February 22 with limited tickets remaining. The last Australian city to be announced as part of the ‘Flow State World Tour’, Wollongong will host two shows of festival proportions with a massive line-up of Australian artists, including Hottest 100 winners Ocean Alley.

The one-person powerhouse has been nonstop touring the world over the past 3 years and is finally bringing the acclaimed live show back to home soil. Tash started out playing open mic nights on a fake id and busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries and playing dozens of high-profile festivals around the globe.

Recent accolades include winning an ARIA award for Blues and Roots Album of The Year with ‘Flow State’, over 500M streams, topping the iTunes chart in multiple countries, ‘Jungle’ coming in at #3 in triple j’s Hottest 100, achieving platinum sales for the Notion EP and platinum sales for single ‘Jungle’ which also featured in FIFA 18, winning the prestigious unearthed j award, multiple APRA nominations and recently playing a stand out set at Coachella & Lollapalooza 2018.

Supports announced: Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale, Clews, Pacific Avenue, Big Words and The Zilzies

Tickets: $89.99 incl. bf – here

GARDEN PARTY 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED – AT UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 22

Posted on February 11, 2019

UOW UniBar and Yours and Owls are teaming up again to bring back Wollongong’s BIGGEST student party for the 16th year running. This year the team is hosting its tastiest party yet with DZ DEATHRAYS, CONFIDENCE MAN and SAMPA THE GREAT headlining an all-star Australian music line-up featuring local band GOOD LEKKER.

DZ DEATHRAYS are a dance-punk duo hailing from Brisbane, Australia and have toured over 15 countries with 3 studio albums and 3 Eps. Their debut album Bloodstreams won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards. Their recent music video for single ‘Like People’ features Murray Cook of Red Wiggle fame (if you’re lucky he may just pop up at Garden Party).

CONFIDENCE MAN are and electro-pop band from Brisbane, Australia whose debut album ‘Confident Music for Confident People’ has had music lovers alike grooving since it dropped earlier this year. Formed by band members from The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective and The Jungle Giants, CONFIDENCE MAN are known for their high-energy, choreographed dance routines and outlandish costumes. Their track ‘Boyfriend’ featured in this year’s Netflix smash-hit ‘To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before’.

SAMPA THE GREAT is one of Australia’s greatest and most innovative MCs. Born in Zambia, the Melbourne based rapper won the Australian Music Prize in 2018 for her ground-breaking mixtape ‘Birds and the BEE9’. Her sound blurs the boundaries between hip-hop, soul, jazz, gospel and reggae, and she has performed as the opening act for Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat.

With this year’s massive line-up, GARDEN PARTY is expected to sell out fast. There’s no better way to start the 2019 Academic Year than with our GARDEN PARTY.

Supported by: i98FM

FULL LINE-UP: DZ DEATHRAYS – CONFIDENCE MAN – SAMPA THE GREAT – CERES – MOANING LISA – GENESIS OWUSU – GOOD LEKKER

Tickets: $59.90 incl. bf – here

RHYE ANNOUNCES CANBERRA SHOW – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 4

Posted on February 11, 2019

Gifted songwriting, breathtaking vocals and deft instrumental arrangements—Rhye debuts in ANU Theatre Complex in March 2019.
A mosaic of stirring piano, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye finds humanity in musicality. Shrouded in mystery, the group first surfaced setting the Internet abuzz with ambiguous imagery, sophisticatedly sensual music videos, and that distinctive falsetto.

Originally a duo conceived in the studio, RHYE has transformed into a collective led by vocalist and producer Milosh and elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists, creating an intoxicating blend of R&B influenced, deeply emotive music.

Tickets: $60.33 incl. bf – here

JOYCE MANOR ANNOUNCES CANBERRA SHOW + SUPPORTS – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 1

Posted on February 11, 2019

Handsome Tours is excited to reveal that enigmatic Epitaph rockers Joyce Manor will return to Australia in February/March 2019, playing shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne as well as Wollongong’s The Farmer & The Owl Festival.

The headline run follows a huge visit in 2017 which saw Joyce Manor play to sold out rooms supporting The Smith Street Band as well as their own sweaty club shows. The tour celebrates the release of Joyce Manor’s acclaimed fifth album ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’, released in September on Epitaph.

If Joyce Manor’s 2016 release ‘Cody’ was about growing up, then ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’ is about what happens next—the reckonings with love, money, doubt and confusion, and the hope that persists despite it all. The title stems from a memorable moment in Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker’s memoir, in which he recounts offering a friend a million dollars to end his life. It’s a sad and unsettling story, and thus perfectly representative of the Californian quartet’s sound.

Recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge, the album is awash with a tangible, almost haunting yearning. It is filled with miniature spaces containing huge, overwhelming anxieties, in short digestible punk (Spin Magazine). It has seen this much loved Epitaph Records signing continue to mature, their willingness to expand the subtleties of their sound making for an enthralling listen (Pitchfork).

Joyce Manor formed in Torrance, California in 2008. Their self-titled first album, released in 2011,was sharp and sad and as a result found forever homes on many a Tumblr blogger’s Best Of. Its final track, “Constant Headache,” eventually became the band’s most enduring song, cementing their sound as a amalgamation of sad and tough at the same time using Johnson’s mix of major and minor chords.

Supports announced: Sputnik Sweetheart and Azim Zane & His Lovely Bones

Tickets: $39.90 incl. bf – here

PEKING DUK ANNOUNCES THEIR BIGGEST TOUR EVER… SO FAR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 5

Posted on February 11, 2019

Australia’s favourite duo Peking Duk return in 2019 with their Biggest Tour Ever. After selling out The Wasted Tour across Australian capital cities, Peking Duk will share the epic live show and reveal brand new music to 50,000 fans across capital cities and regional areas. 

“We are so damn stoked to announce this tour. 2019 is going to be the best year for Peking Duk yet. We’ll be releasing a lot of the best music we’ve ever written and we plan to put on the biggest, sweatiest and wildest shows of all time. First taste of the new music is out in January and more to follow in early 2019. We can’t wait to share it with everyone and see your faces at the shows.” – Peking Duk 

Supports announced; Kwame and Kira Puru

Friday, April 5

Tickets: $69.90 incl. bf – here

FARMER & THE OWL WELCOME ‘THE RECORD ROOM’ TO F&O FESTIVAL!

Posted on January 30, 2019

Farmer & The Owl Festival is a festival for lovers of all thing’s music, and to enhance that experience we’ll be hosting the Record Room! A sprawling space in the Salt Building within the site, dedicated to all thing’s vinyl. Get ready to deep dive, rummage, uncover, and expand your collections….  

At the heart of Farmer & The Owl festival’s name sake is an independent record label that develops and releases artists from Wollongong and its surrounds. In conjunction with the label artists (Hockey Dad, The Pinheads, TEES, Tropical Strength & Totally Unicorn) the 2019 festival has been curated to help music fans discover some of the label artists favourites from around the world. 

Independent labels run like a family, the greater independent music scene is an extension of this. With a large number of artists on the festival line up part of those indie label families, we thought it only fitting we invited some of our favourite labels from around Australia to set up stalls and play DJ sets in the Record Room across the whole day.  

Australian independent labels, Spunk, Rice Is Nice, Pieater, Hotel Motel, Bedroom SuckOur Golden Friend and Farmer & The Owl will host stalls in the Record Room. Independent retailer Music Farmers will cover releases from artists across the line up and a specially curated selection of must have vinyl from some the world’s best indie record labels. 

To soundtrack the Record Room, we’ve invited a bunch of our favourite vinyl DJ’s to spin wax! Spunk Records, Rice Is Nice and Our Golden Friend will spin some of their favourite tunes alongside local vinyl DJ favourites Catman, Chelsea Dagger, Sultans Of Spin and Honeybear.

 

Meet the labels heading to the Record Room…….  

FARMER & THE OWL

Established to develop and release acts from Wollongong and surrounds, Farmer & The Owl has released music from Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, TEES, Tropical Strength, Bec Sandridge, Tumbleweed and The Pinheads. The current label artists helped curate this festival, highlighting the broad and eclectic music tastes of our label family. Farmer & Th Owl also release a compilation series called Beached Friends which focuses on discovery the next crop of great artists from the Wollongong area. 

BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS 

Bedroom Suck is a Brisbane born label that provides and avenue for independent, like-minded artists to record, release and distribute their music to a global audience. The label has worked with artists such as Blank Realm, Boomgates, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Terrible Truths, Lower Plenty and many more.

HOTEL MOTEL 

Hotel Motel Records is a label run out of Melbourne. The current guest registry includes Cool Sounds, Quivers, Nat Vazer, L.A. Mood, Orlean and S.M. Jenkins. There’s no rules to the genre of music on the imprint, it’s just gotta sound good while you’re wearing a bathrobe and wayfarers. 

OUR GOLDEN FRIEND 

Our Golden Friend is an independent record label and management collective from Melbourne who have a love for Australian music and Labradors, home to 808s and Greatest Hits, Chitra, Moonlover, POPPONGENE, RVG, Way Dynamic.  

PIEATER 

Winners of the 2017 Australian Independent Record Labels Association ‘Best Label’, Pieater is an expanding local collective offering record label, artist management and merchandise services; and a recently completed music studio BellBird. Home to Airling, Christopher Port, #1 Dads, Tom Snowdon, Slow  Dancer and No Mono.

RICE IS NICE 

Rice Is Nice is an independent Australian record label which aims to promote unique Australian artists. Rice Is Nice was formed in 2008 and has since signed and released the works of a number of artists, the musical genres of which vary greatly. Artists Rice Is Nice have released include Straight Arrows, Donny Benet, The Laurels, Den and Angie.

SPUNK 

Now in its twentieth year Spunk Records have licensed many of the world’s great albums for release in Australia while also establishing a local roster of quality Australian and New Zealand artists. On the international from Spunk has released music in Australia from Mac Demarco, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Mogwai and hundreds more while also developing local artists a local stable of artists that includes Holly Throsby, Aldous Harding, The Ocean Party as well as Farmer & The Owl Festival artists Shining Bird and Sunscreen.

MUSIC FARMERS 

Established in 2004, Music Farmers has established itself as the go to music retailer in Wollongong with an emphasis on vinyl. The Music Farmers stall at Farmer & The Owl Festival will feature vinyl from artists across the line up and in conjunction with Inertia Music a specially curated section of vinyl from some of the world’s best independent labels such as Sub Pop, Matador, Secretly Canadian, Flightless and plenty more.

You can listen to the official Farmer and The Owl Festival Spotify playlist here.

Farmer & The Owl Festival debuts this March, at its new home among the steel lined laneways and lush urban parklands of McCabe Park in the heart of Wollongong, lined with spacious lots and secluded post-industrial alcoves for music consumption and discovery!  

Farmer & The Owl is the perfect way to usher in the cool change of Autumn, with 3500 other music fans, some of your favourite artists, and a bunch you are about to discover who will become just that!   

Grab your tickets here!