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TROPICAL F*CK STORM ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO WOLLONGONG – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 30

Posted on January 18, 2019

“Tropical Fuck Storm is a torrid, messy, thoroughly irreverent and acidly funny project. There’s an unhinged and feral energy that pulses through these nine songs and goes beyond the considerable demented racket that the Drones are able to conjure at their finest: it’s less full-frontal sonic assault and more auditory guerrilla warfare, full of surprising textures and scrappy tones” The Quietus

2018 has been a mammoth first year for Tropical F*ck Storm! They released a run of limited edition 7inch vinyl’s and their anarchic, apocalyptic debut LP ‘A Laughing Death In Meatspace’ to worldwide critical acclaim.

A sold-out national tour, a number of radio feature albums, and a trip to the United States of A Massacre, that saw them opening for indie rock legends Modest Mouse and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (who they have just finished a sold-out Aus tour with).

Saturday, March 30

Tickets: $30 + bf – here

OH SEES ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, FEB 18

Posted on January 18, 2019

You heard right. The incredibly influential and prolific Californian garage rock band the OH SEES will return to Australia for their first tour since 2016. In that time the band have released FIVE critically and universally acclaimed albums: A Weird Exits (2016), An Odd Entrances (2016), Orc (2017), Memory of a Cut Off Head (2017) and Smote Reverser (2018).

Their new lineup is the the heavy-est, proggy-est & groovy-est incarnation of the live band yet. You’ll notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of “Memory of a Cut Off Head” alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas…whilst the Paul Quattrone/ Dan Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound, strengthened by the nimble fingered bottom end of Tim Hellman and the shred-heaven fret frying of the legendary John Dwyer.

Monday, February 18

Tickets: $50 + bf – here

MEG MAC IS COMING TO WOLLONGONG & CANBERRA – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR & ANU

Posted on January 18, 2019

Meg Mac starts 2019 with tour dates in America, UK, Europe and Australia to promote her forthcoming set of new recordings.

Meg Mac’s ‘Give me my name back’ Australian tour presented by triple j opens at The Enmore theatre on April 5th.

’I can’t wait to take this new show around the country. Singing live is the most enjoyable thing I do. I’ll be playing songs from my new record as well as the songs you know from my first EP and ‘Low blows’ album. It’s going to be a powerful new show, so I really hope you can join me on the tour’.

‘Give me my name back’ the first track taken from Meg Mac’s forthcoming record is a compelling rallying cry about reclaiming identity, dignity and self-worth. ’This song is about standing up for yourself. It’s for everyone who has lost an important part of themselves, which they need to reclaim in order to move forward with their lives”. Says Meg Mac

Meg Mac’s ‘Low blows’ album debuted at number 2 on the ARIA album Chart and her Platinum plus selling debut EP (‘Roll up your sleeves’ has racked up almost 20 million plays on Spotify) is now available on vinyl, including bonus track ‘Never be’.

The London Evening standard recently called Meg Mac one of the hot new rising stars on their radar right now.

‘Stand up, say it – give me my name back’

Canberra: Wednesday, May 8

Wollongong: Thursday, May 9

Tickets: $35 + bf – here

LUCA BRASI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR & MOLO LIVE AT ANU

Posted on January 18, 2019

Luca Brasi are bringing their huge national tour to Wollongong and Canberra this January! With supports from Eat Your Heart Out & Wollongong’s own, Jacob; you’re in for a great show.

Tickets: $25 + bf

Wollongong: Saturday, January 19

Canberra: Friday, January 25

RUFUS DU SOL ANNOUNCE ONLY NSW SHOW IN WOLLONGONG – PLAYING McCABE PARK, MARCH 1

Posted on January 18, 2019

After dropping their anticipated third LP Solace on Friday, one of the world’s pre-eminent electronic acts RUFUS DU SOL have announced their Solace Australian tour – their biggest Aussie tour yet.  The epic run of shows will kick off at Sydney’s Field Day festival on January 1, 2019, before moving through Melbourne to play Sidney Myer Music BowlAdelaide’s Entertainment CentreFremantle Arts Centre, Margaret River’s Three Oceans Winery and finishing up at Brisbane’s Riverstage on March 2.  Massive venues, massive tracks; it’s set to be the Aussie live music event of the new year.

The Australian Solace tour follows a rigorous two-year world tour which saw the band perform everywhere from legendary California festival Coachella, to Serbia’s EXIT.  This intensive period of touring helped pave the way for the Solace live show, crafted through years of varied live experience for the band.  Giving fans a rare insight into what to expect for the upcoming tour, Tyrone says, “This new show has allowed us to be able to take people on an inner journey and to get lost in the depths of Solace. It’s the most ambitious live experience we’ve put together yet.”

The brand new live show will push the band’s on-stage abilities to new levels.  Bringing a host of new analog gear into the fold, as well as a revamped visual setup, the new show will allow for each RUFUS DU SOL performance to be sonically distinct.  Of the upcoming shows, Jon says, “Some of our favourite moments have been at these outdoor venues.  These live experiences bring everyone together – whether you’re losing your friends, or finding new ones, but being so content in dancing and connecting with the music and the band on stage.  We really hope to bring those moments and create that emotional connection over the summer.”

Friday, March 1

Tickets: $90.31 + BF – here

FARMER & THE OWL FESTIVAL DROP FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCE

Posted on November 21, 2018

FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCE

Collectively Curated by
The Farmer & The Owl Label Family

Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength

Saturday March 2nd 2019, McCabe Park Wollongong

The 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!

Lovingly curated by the Farmer and The Owl label family of Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength, it was always going to dish up an eclectic line up of insanely talented artists (you can listen to the official Spotify playlist here)

Beach House
Deafheaven | Snail Mail | J Mascis
Joyce Manor | The Garden
Rhye | Alan Braxe
No Mono | Flint Eastwood | Stella Donnelly
The Aints! | Amyl & The Sniffers
Gavin Rayna Russom (LCD Soundsystem)
A Place To Bury Strangers | Foxing
Banoffee | RVG | These New South Whales
Shogun & The Sheets | Shining Bird | Retiree
The Pinheads | Party Dozen | Flyying Colours
Clea | Milan Ring
Totally Unicorn | Sweater Curse | Lucianblomkamp
Mother & Son | Carla Geneve | New War | Ella Thompson
RAT!hammock | Planète | Wax Chattels
Sunscreen | Lucy Cliché | Godtet

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House bring their one of a kind, psychedelic pop bliss to Wollongong this March, seven albums of consistent perfection and constant critical acclaim, and a reputation for live shows of evocative airs and celestial sashays that transport fans to another world!

Deafheaven’s genre-agnostic blend of sinister shoegaze guitar tones, post-rock, wraithlike black metal shade has polarized and galvanized fans since their inception in 2010. The San Francisco five piece have been serving up beautiful gloom that has crossed genres and landed them stage slots on mainstream festivals like Coachella!

She has only just graduated from high school, but Snail Mail’s Lindsay Jordan is fast becoming one of the guiding lights of indie rock! The Ellicott City, USA singer songwriter released her debut LP ‘Lush’ to critical acclaim in June this year to critical acclaim thanks to her magnificent voice and liquid guitar skills.

J Mascis needs no introduction. The Dinosaur Jnr frontman and alternative rock icon! By reintroducing volume and attack in his songs Mascis shed the strict limitations of early 1980’s hardcore, becoming an influence on the burgeoning grunge movement. Mascis’ body of work continues to inspire a generation of guitar players and songwriters today.

Californian pop punk four piece Joyce Manor bring their boyish charms, an arsenal of punchy radio friendly punk jams, with sing along choruses and mosh pit igniting rhythms. Five albums in since their 2008 inception, Joyce Manor shows tend to take a life of their own, make sure you save your energy for this one!

Orange County twins, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, formed The Garden in 2011, aged 17! Known for their penchant of experimentation, the underground kings bleed neo punk into sampled beats, creepy vibes and vocals that have no fucks to give.

Hailing from Canada, Rhye have been known to totally silence crowds thanks to Mike Milosh’s otherworldly vocal ability, his high-pitched contralto register and soft, smooth base is fast redefining the sound of modern R&B.

French electronic artist Alan Braxe started making music in Paris in the mid 1990’s, a true legend of house music. He is one of France’s most respected (and played) producers and remixers, who alongside Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter (under Stardust), scored a major global #1 hit with a track most of us have lost ourselves on the dance floor to many a night …. ‘Music Sounds Better With You’.

No Mono is the new project from prolific artist and producer Tom Iansek (#1 Dads/Big Scary) and Tom Snowdon (Lowlakes). Snowdon’s soaring voice backed by Iansek’s production makes for an experience worthy of full body emersion!

Detroit’s Flint Eastwood has built an international audience by writing great alt-pop songs and touring with the tireless work ethic that her city is famous for. She’s a consummate creative, a photographer, videographer, an all-round fierce DIY, boss queen!

Perth singer songwriter Stella Donnelly has the world in the palm of her hand and the patriarchy in her line of fire. The 2017 Levi’s Prize winner has carved a huge space on the airwaves thanks to singles ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys will be Boys’ and the news pages thanks to her unrelenting fight for social justice.

When the heavily lauded, heavily influential first incarnation of The Saints split in 1978, Ed Kuepper, the sonic architect and primary songwriter of the original band and their three albums left behind a plethora of unreleased material. Come 2017, he formed The Aints!, recorded it, released it and is touring it!

Amyl & The Sniffers is an explosive punk band from Melbourne, Australia, three chord mega riffs! They have blown apart the past two years since their 2016 formation, relentlessly touring around the globe, giving international fans a taste of Australian music with as much fun as possible and a massive bogan slap in the head!

Multimedia artist and composer of electronic music, Gavin Rayna Russom has produced a body of extremely influential art and music over the last 15 years, she is perhaps best known as the synthesist in the critically-acclaimed band LCD Soundsystem!

New York noise rock outfit A Place To Bury Strangers play a heavy, atmospheric wall of sound-influenced blend of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and space rock! They have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume!

St. Louis emo tinted indie rock outfit Foxing, often draw comparisons to inventive post-rock groups like Sigur Rós and Explosions In The Sky while still retaining an exciting, emotional edge. Known for their powerful live shows, they are the ultimate crowd pleasers.

Melbourne’s Banoffee has been self-producing her own brand of experimental electronica since 2013.
Originally, Banoffee’s sound was inspired by the sparse minimalism of Arthur Russell, melded with the straight-talking of Laurie Anderson and the sass of Destiny’s Child. Recently though she has taken a new road, the songs remain dark, but instead of wallowing in dread, they seek to inspire happiness.

Hailing from the northern suburbs of Melbourne, RVG, a four-piece, centred on singer-songwriter and namesake Romy Vager, deliver incisive post-punk/retro-pop infused with a liberal dose of downcast catharsis, confessional lyrics and downright infectious hooks!

These New South Whales bring a crisp brand of power and songwriting to post-punk that pools a good dose of punk, garage, metal, new wave and goth in one mangled brand of punk. The combination of their signature nipple tape, obscene strobes lights, smoke machine and deeply pitch bent vocals, create sonic hell-scapes!

Shogun & The Sheets is the brand-new band from ex-Royal Headache frontman Shogun a crystallisation and evolution of Shogun as a musician and songwriter. The Sydney sider is best known for his beautifully forceful voice, unwavering, even when he is booming at velocity. Delivering the rock n soul party wherever he goes!

Experimental pop band from the coastal town of Austinmer, Shining Bird serve up a unique brand of Australiana-infused dream pop. Gorgeous harmonies, spacious delivery and the intertwining of nature’s own music help Shining Bird stand out, and alone in the local musical landscape.

Sydney/ Melbourne trio Retiree delve deep into tropical-pop production, their live set throws all their keyboards, guitar pedals and woodblocks on stage, resulting in long-legged convulsing to a drum machine under honest lyrics.

The Pinheads are one of the Leisure Coasts must-see live bands; no mic stand was left unturned, no face left unmelted, no speaker stack was left unclimbed. They reside within a stylistic purgatory – too weird for punk shows, too free-form for garage rock, too genre-defiant for rock & roll, persevering on their own path!

A sonic partnering of saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet, Party Dozen is a project loosely based around improvisation. Conceived in Berlin, the two Sydneysiders, deliver a set of musical art with a taste that endures.

Emerging from Australia’s vibrant shoegaze scene, Melbourne’s Flyying Colours arrive at a sound that combines My Bloody Valentine’s wall-of-sound guitars and barely there girl/boy vocals with sun-drenched melodies.

Clea is a true artisan who strives for control and ownership in all aspects of her art, be it photography, film, fashion, graphic design, art directors or her stunning alternative ethereal pop folk songs. Music is the Brisbane local’s deepest passion, and thanks to her velvet voice, what has helped her make her mark over the past three years.

The concepts of duality spirituality and personal evolution are a constant source of inspiration to Milan Ring’s artistry, as is the influence of her environment. From the sparkling city of Angels to humble Australian outback bedroom beats, her music is a rendezvous between polarities, laced with spiced Caribbean rhythms.

Not experiencing Wollongong metal core outfit Totally Unicorn live is like never tasting good coffee, or top shelf champagne, you are missing out! Known for their epic unpredictable live sets, that may or may not feature nudity!

Unabashed dorks Sweater Curse started captivating Brisbane’s local scene with their charm and evocative, jangly melodies. Writing songs that have been described as ‘slightly depressing but still groovy’ and ‘introspective, slightly sparkly indie-rock’ the band carved out a niche for themselves with a throwback feel.

From Cape Town, South Africa, to Melbourne Australia producer Lucianblomkamp he has soared from the lush underground of Melbourne’s electronic scene and made his mark on the world stage. From a childhood where life revolved around the violin (which he learned from the age of six), to his latest three part opus, ‘Sick Of What I Don’t Understand’, and production credits on key tracks from Georgia based singer-rapper 6LACK.

After establishing themselves as a favourite on the Wollongong scene in the later 00’s, playing their last show before a five year hiatus at the inaugural Farmer & The Owl Festival in 2013, swampy/garage duo Mother & Son will end that break back where it began!

19 year old singer songwriter Carla Geneve hails from Albany in WA, her captivating live show, relatable lyricism and shift of dynamic into alt-rock territory saw her burst onto the WA scene in 2017, hailed by Pilerats as one of ’18 Artists to Watch in 2018’, jam packed rooms on the East Coast and streaming stats most artists would die for, they were on the money.

A nasty blur of R & D (rhythm and detonation), open-bordered punk and fevered reports on life, money, and violence, New War are a monstrous, marvelous, entity unto themselves. The four-piece from Melbourne that holler and bark their way under your skin to fester forever.

Musically hinting at both the future and the past, her unique take on electro-realism piled in as much optimism as it could muster without forgetting the dose of reality necessary for the current climate, Ella Thompson is an artist who is always honing her multi-disciplinary craft, moving from production, voice, synthesisers and song writing.

Somewhere between the lo-fi bedroom pop of Alex G and the classic 90s sound of Pavement lie Melbourne four-piece RAT!hammock. Unassuming but delightfully weird, RAT!hammock mine much- traversed indie rock terrain, but prove that there are still many diamonds to be found in the rough.

Melbourne’s Planète has built a strong following over the years, standing out as a unique artist within Australia’s growing electronic music scene. Driving, rhythmic soundscape with introspective qualities, off-kilter sounds, yearning chords, and swinging percussion drawing comparisons to artists such as Bonobo & Four Tet’.

Auckland’s Wax Chattels do not have a guitar player, though you wouldn’t know it based on their overwhelming sound and energy. They create an atmosphere akin to a traditional loud power trio — using a keyboard, bass and 2-piece drum kit to create darkly hypnotic, frenetic music that’s simultaneously sinister and rhythmically complex.

Sydney siders Sunscreen are ready to deliver ultimate UV protection for the emotions and soul. Spearheaded by Alex’s instantly catchy guitar riffs, Sunscreen’s guitar-pop places dreamy Cocteau Twins-esque vocal melodies over driving post-punk-inspired beats.

Sydney’s Lucy Cliché is an ever-evolving project exploring intersections between techno, industrial and electro. Using an all hardware set-up her music delivers a hard-bitten exploration of how physicality and the ethereal can interact in music – heavy bass rhythms lock into pounding drums, washed over with synth chords and acid bleeps.

Godtet featuring Tully Ryan on drums, Jan Bangma on bass, Andrew Bruce keys, Dominic Kirk percussion and led by guitarist, beat-maker, producer, sonic-adventurer Godriguez on guitar, push the boundaries of improvised music within a framework of hip hop, jazz, soul and atmospheric psychedelic grooves.

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!

Stay tuned for more acts to be announced in the coming months.

 

Saturday March 2nd 2019, McCabe Park Wollongong

Sign up for presale! – here.

TROPHY EYES ANNOUNCE REGIONAL TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JANUARY 27

Posted on November 12, 2018

Trophy Eyes now lead a new wave in rock music, blending their punk and hardcore roots with modern rock and pop sensibilities. Known for their brutally honest and emotional storytelling and lyricism combined with one of the most energetic live shows on the circuit, Trophy Eyes are set to continue living The American Dream this 2019.

 

Sunday, January 27

Tickets: $30 + BF – here.

JULIA JACKLIN ANNOUNCES CANBERRA AND WOLLONGONG SHOWS – PLAYING ANU’S MOLO LIVE & UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 5 & 6

Posted on November 12, 2018

Julia Jacklin will take her forthcoming sophomore album Crushing (out 22 Feb) on the road for her biggest Australian tour to date, touring the country in March 2019!

 

CANBERRA: Tuesday, March 5

Tickets: $38.50 + BF – here.

 

WOLLONGONG: Wednesday, March 6

Tickets: $38.50 + BF – here.

FARMER & THE OWL FESTIVAL IS BACK – McCABE PARK, MARCH 2

Posted on November 12, 2018

March 2nd, 2019 sees the renaissance of boutique music festival Farmer & The Owl south of Sydney. After debuting in 2013 in the grounds of the University of Wollongong, Farmer & The Owl makes the move to a new home next year, nestled among the green laneways and lush urban parklands of McCabe Park in the heart of Wollongong, lined with spacious lots and secluded alcoves for music consumption and discovery!

If Farmer & The Owl already sounds familiar, it is because it is the label home to a collective of some of Australia’s most exciting young artists, Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength, all hailing from the burgeoning cultural hub of Wollongong, NSW.

Not only do the artists within the Farmer & The Owl label family create great music, they also have great taste in music and have collectively curated a stellar line up of their favourite international and local artists for your festival listening/watching pleasure.

“It’s been such a fun experience chatting and collaborating with all the other bands on the label and putting forward some of our fav local and international bands for the festival! Feels like a family BBQ, where everyone brings their specialty dish. The only thing is; who’s doing the washing up after?!” says Drew Gardner – Totally Unicorn.

The first round of artists will be announced Tuesday November 20th.

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!

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, March 2

JOYRIDE ANNOUNCES CANBERRA & WOLLONGONG SHOWS – PLAYING MOLO LIVE & UOW UNIBAR,

Posted on November 5, 2018

As a musician, performer and social maverick, Joyride has entrenched himself as one of the biggest personalities in Australian music. His work with the One Day Crew and The Meeting Tree has seen him nominated for an ARIA and play some of the biggest events in the country – from major festivals like Splendour In The Grass to the immensely popular One Day Sunday block parties.

 

Now Joyride is poised to release his debut solo album, Sunrise Chaser, on November 9 via Dew Process and Universal Music Australia. A 15-song epic that showcases the big man’s immense talent, the record is loosely based around the theme of what Joyride describes as, “a collection of stories about being 20-something legends on the weekend in the Inner West. It explores different genres like a Bluetooth speaker on a bend. It explores the emotional spectrum that exists between Friday and Monday, including the bits we maybe try not to explore all the time.”

 

The album also features some of Australia’s most interesting vocalists and producers, from Nina Las Vegas to Hermitude, Handsome to Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson, as well as triple j fave tracks ‘6am’ and ‘Aunty Tracey’s Cookies.’

 

To celebrate the record’s release, Joyride and his band are set to hit the road for a national tour in early 2019, starting in January and going through February. A seasoned performer, Joyride’s live shows have earned a reputation for being joyous affairs – his big charisma and charm radiating its way from the stage into the heart of his audience. Don’t miss him when he brings the good vibes your way.

 

Thursday, February 21

Tickets: $15 + BF – here.

 

Saturday, February 23

Tickets: $15 + BF – here.