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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.

PARKSIDE ANNOUNCE COURTYARD PARTY – UOW COURTYARD, DECEMBER 22

Posted on November 5, 2018

In true Australian Christmas style, we’re taking it outdoors. In the lush surroundings of UOW Courtyard, we welcome Australian-born, London-based, DJ Boring & local Sydney sider, Slamb.

Join us for an evening under the stars.

https://soundcloud.com/djboring1990
https://soundcloud.com/slambslambslamb

 

PARKSIDE CHRISTMAS

DJ BORING
Slamb
Parkside DJs

 

Saturday, December 22

Tickets: $10 + BF – here.

THE PAPER KITES ARE HEADING TO CANBERRA – PLAYING MOLO LIVE @ ANU, FEBRUARY 28

Posted on November 5, 2018

Melbourne indie folk outfit The Paper Kites have had a mammoth 2018 so far; with their song Bloom officially certified Gold in the US, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, NZ and Australia, and the release of two gorgeous LPs, On The Train Ride Home and On The Corner Where You Live, to widespread critical acclaim. To celebrate all things The Paper Kites, they have announced the Where You Live tour – a massive run of Australian shows for early 2019, kicking off on February 28 at Molo Live in Canberra, before moving through Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Dunsborough, Miami, Brisbane, and wrapping up with a performance at Melbourne’s iconic Forum Theatre on March 23.

 

After announcing an enormous US/EU tour earlier this year, which will see the group playing shows from San Diego to Seattle, from Vancouver to New York and everywhere in between during November/December 2018, The Paper Kites are thrilled to announce some shows back on home soil, as bassist Sam Rasmussen enthuses, “It has been WAY too long since we have had the opportunity to tour our home country. We are looking forward to visiting some of our favourite cities. We have been rehearsing for the upcoming tours and the way that the new album is translating live is getting us really excited!”

 

The Paper Kites (which also includes frontman Sam Bentley, vocalist Christina Lacy, guitarist Dave Powys, and drummer Josh Bentley) have earned a loyal, organic fan base all across the world. With monumental streaming numbers, 200 shows across the world in just under 3 years and recent Gold accreditation around the world, including the US with nearly 700,000 copies of their track Bloom being sold in the States alone, The Paper Kites are Australia’s quiet achievers, and their world class songwriting prowess shines on On The Corner Where You Live. Thrilled to bring On The Corner Where You Live to life on the upcoming Australian tour, Christina says, “After spending so much time touring and recording overseas over the past few years we are so happy to finally bring these new songs home to Australia. We can’t wait to head back to some of our favourite cities around the country and share this new album with our home crowd!”

 

On The Corner Where You Live is co-produced with Grammy-winner Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) at his studio in Connecticut – a 120-year old Victorian era home that the band lived and recorded in for 5 weeks. Lead vocalist Sam spoke of the moment the album’s concept clicked together, saying “It’s a collection of stories about these characters all living in an apartment building; I wanted to capture moments, feelings, it’s about people and their stories.” This album is one best listened to from start to finish, as each story seeps into the next; meditative yet complex, On The Corner Where You Live will not disappoint The Paper Kites’ loyal fanbase, and will enamour new and existing audiences alike. Immersed in an aural diet of blues and jazz, the band collaborated with Los Angeles film-noir artist Gina Higgins on the album’s artwork, who also painted the cover for On The Train Ride Home and worked closely with the band on the concept.

 

Thursday, February 28

Tickets: $35 + BF – here.

DEEP SEA ARCADE ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TOUR – PLAYING MOLO LIVE @ ANU, JANUARY 17

Posted on October 29, 2018

Deep Sea Arcade today reveal tour dates and their new album, Blacklight, which is out through Long Player Records/Universal Music Australia. ‘Close To Me’, featuring Matt Johnson from Jeff Buckley’s band on drums, is also available to view.

 

Some of the songs on Blacklight have been a few years in the making, but others emerged through the band pairing up with Eric J, a producer better known for his ARIA-winning work with electronica artists such as Flume and Chet Faker, set the direction for the “new” DSA, a band now keener on rhythm and groove. This album is “a fusion of soul, electronic and disco” says singer and lyricist Nic McKenzie.

 

The band is built around McKenzie and Nick Weaver. While the album may have been written about a relationship that was addictive but ultimately toxic for McKenzie, it also sums up not just the fresh territory explored on the record, but the lifelong friendship at the core of the band.

 

Over the years, as the friendship continued, the band took to fostering emerging local talent in Sydney, with McKenzie opening his own studio and launching a club night circuit up the east coast of Australia.

 

To coincide with the release, DSA will tour nationally over the months of January and February 2019.

 

Thursday, January 17

Tickets: $25 + BF – here.

THE CHATS AND PIST IDIOTS JUMP IN THE VAN FOR THE ENDLESS BUMMER TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR,

Posted on October 29, 2018

Perhaps the greatest pairing since The Sausage Roll and Tomato Sauce, the ENDLESS BUMMER tour will see two of Australia’s sickest pub-punk bands join forces for the sickest tour this summer.
Including a ton of All Ages shows, the tour will hit nearly every town you’ve ever bloody heard of along the East Coast and WA!

 

The Chats are nursing serious hangovers, having just wrapped up an Australian tour with Queens of the Stoneage, and their very first SOLD OUT headline tour across the UK and Europe. The boys will be playing a shit load of new songs about Pubs, Parmas, STD’s and being unreal.

 

The Pisties have been just as busy — Fresh off the back of a sold out nationwide headline tour these boys have lapped the country several times since the ticking of the new year. Having toured non stop with friends West Thebarton, Skegss and everyone’s favourite drunken uncles, Cosmic Psychos, the Idiots are now cracking down in the studio before rolling in hot with new tracks and smash hits for one hell of a show.

 

The bands have handpicked a bunch of unreal supports for each town, and with limited capacities at most venues, these shows are going to be FUCKING WILD!

 

Thursday, January 10

Tickets: $15 + BF – here.

BEN WATERS ANNOUNCES WOLLONGONG SHOW W/ SPECIAL GUEST DEREK NASH – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 1

Posted on October 29, 2018

Nominated by Jools Holland as one of his 10 favourite piano players of all time and named Europe’s #1 Boogie Woogie pianist in the 2016 Boisedale Awards, Ben Waters’ performances have been described by the London Times as being “like a bouncing castle for grown-ups”.

 

Ben has played in more than 25 countries around the world and in iconic venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall & Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club; the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Iridium Theatre. Truly international and one of the busiest musicians around, Ben regularly tours Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and the US.

 

Played with ‘flair & bravado’ (Birmingham Post) Ben’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of American music from the early blues through ragtime, jazz, boogie woogie, stride, R&B and the R&R of the 50’s & 60’s. Along the way he has played with all-time greats including Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, PJ Harvey, Jools Holland, Leo Sayer, Ray Davies and collaborated extensively with the Rolling Stones on recordings & live performances.

 

Renowned for energetic, vibrant, passionate & charismatic performances on soprano, alto, tenor & baritone sax, Derek Nash has been a featured member of the Jools Holland Orchestra since 2004. Regarded as “at the forefront of the British jazz movement”, Derek has been described a “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian). He has led Sax Appeal for over 30 years, fronts the funk/fusion band “Protect the Beat” and “Acoustic Quartet” and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. With the Jools Holland Orchestra he recently featured alongside Jose Feliciano at the Royal Albert Hall. He has appeared live & on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox & Tom Jones.

 

Friday, March 1

Tickets: $25 + BF – here.