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WINSTON SURFSHIRT RELEASE NEW SINGLE & ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, NOVEMBER 24

Posted on September 13, 2017

One of this year’s brightest acts is Sydney six-piece Winston Surfshirt, who today share their new single “Same Same” out via Sweat It Out. Accompanying the single arrives news of their debut album titled Sponge Cake set for release September 29, celebrated with a national headline tour.

“Same Same” is armed with a throbbing bass line, catchy chorus and vibrant jazz-infused interludes. The multi-layered track is only to be complemented perfectly by Winston’s signature vocals.

”This was one of the last songs written for Sponge Cake, It started in a different pitch and was much slower, I think through almost playing it live a couple days after it was written for about a year helped to form it into the party that it is now. We called in some extra brass and percussion which really helped create it in to the song you’re hearing today.” – Winston.

Following on from their breakout single “Be About You” and follow up “Ali D”, “Same Same” arrives with the news of their highly anticipated debut album titled Sponge Cake, set for release on Friday September 29. To celebrate, the boys will embark on a national headline tour (their second of the year), hitting all major cities, with support from frequent collaborators Polographia and local legend Crooked Letter. Kicking off in at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on November 10 and ending at Adelaide’s Fat Controller on Saturday December 2 – if it’s anything like their sold out debut tour, you’ll want to get a ticket fast.

Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Winston Surfshirt have developed a cult following with their smooth style and raucous live shows. The band are set to continue their golden run of form having already garnered support from the likes of Elton John (on his Beats 1 show), Zane Lowe (who branded them as one of his breaking acts of 2017) and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Locally, triple j have shown their full support with both “Be About You” and “Ali D” added to full rotation upon release. The band showed their appreciation last week as they hosted triple j’s Like A Version, bringing it home with their killer rendition of 50 Cent & Nate Dogg’s classic “21 Questions”.

Their recent performance at Splendour In The Grass was nothing short of spectacular and a clear standout of the weekend. While they may have opened the Mix Up Stage, their crowd was reflective of a headliner, with adoring fans filling up the tent to see a blaring performance from the band, setting the festival standard for the artists that followed.

Winston Surfshirt are fast becoming one of Australia’s most prolific acts – delve into “Same Same” & prepare for their forthcoming full-length album, out this September.

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Friday, November 24

Tickets: $25 + BF – here.

DEAN LEWIS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, DECEMBER 1

Posted on September 13, 2017

Dean Lewis announces his ‘Lose My Mind’ National Tour presented by Triple J. His new single, ‘Lose My Mind’, is the third single lifted from his EP Same Kind Of Different along with Need you Now and Waves. Dean’s debut single ‘Waves’ is also now officially double platinum in Australia.

Produced by John Castle (Vance Joy, Paul Kelly) in Melbourne, Dean says, “Lose My Mind” could be my favourite song on the EP, it’s about how you feel when you are on the verge of losing someone and you feel like you can’t live without them. It’s like the first night without that person who has been there for you. I remember feeling like the walls were closing in cause that person who I could always turn to was gone. That felt like losing my mind.”

Dean Lewis is already earning a reputation as a captivating live act having played in front of thousands at Groovin in the Moo (AUS) and the Great Escape Festival (UK) and shows in the UK and Europe including seven sold out shows at the 7 Layers tour in Belgium and the Netherlands. He has only just finished his first ever headline tour on the East Coast of Australia which sold out.

Dean’s debut EP, Same Kind Of Different also includes songs produced by Edd Holloway and Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin) and mixed by Dan Grech (Halsey, Josef Salvat).

 

Friday, December 1

Tickets: $29.65 + BF – here.

Last Frost Set Times Released

Posted on August 10, 2017

The Last Frost  
FINAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW
SET TIMES RELEASED

Saturday August 19
AT UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG’S INNOVATION CAMPUS

Violent Soho * Cloud Control * The Kite String Tangle * Cub Sport *
Fazerdaze (NZ) * Sloan Peterson * Mookhi

Final tickets are now on sale for Yours and Owl’s new winter warmer festival The Last Frost, you snooze you lose guys so get hustling!

With set times at the ready for next Saturday, audiences will be pleased to note there are no clashes on this festival lineup; it’s one stage, doors at 4pm, and all killer, no filler in the pure fire line-up of artists from Australia and New Zealand. Stand, sway, dance, mosh, pirouette, flail your arms, just be ready to be to go all agog in the ‘gong!

As for the music line-up, Sydney producer Mookhi will be getting the fire started with her lush rhythmic tapestries, followed by the rising retro star Sloan Peterson just prior to her Bigsound performance, and the radiant dream pop of New Zealand indie darling Fazerdaze set against the blazing setting sun.
Warm your toes by the fire with Brisbane’s beloved Cub Sport  as they give the ‘gong a special preview of their new tracks, and huddle up real close to the soulfully seductive Kite String Tangle still glowing in post-Splendour/new album glee. As the final sweeteners, toast your marshmallows to Sydney psych pop outfit Cloud Control as they slip in a few new tracks and classics for Wollongong audiences, and finish up with a scorching set by 2017’s most elusive band, lured out of hibernation, Violent Soho.

Keeping you well-fed and watered, Arepa, Balinese Spice Magic, Jimmy’s Burger Bar and Wandering Woodfire Oven will all be spicing up your life, with bottomless hot chocolates and chai’s from Coco’s Coffee.

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Getting There
We recommend car pooling or using public transport!

From Sydney
The festival site is located less than 1 hours’ drive from Sydney at University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. The site sits adjacent to the beach. There is parking available at the university carparks, although punters still have the option to use public transport and commute using the free Gong shuttle bus.

By Bus
Getting to the event:
The free gong shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes until 18.30 and stops immediately out the front of the festival on Squires Way.

Leaving the event:
A free courtesy bus will depart from directly outside the event every 15 minutes from 21.30 until 23.30 and is bound for Wollongong CBD.

By Car
Limited parking is available at UOW Innovation Campus. Parking preference will be given to cars with three or more passengers and we recommend car pooling and ride sharing to ensure a hassle free, enviro friendly experience.

A taxi and UBER rank will be located directly outside the event.

By Train
The closest train station is Fairy Meadow which is a 10-minute walk along Montague St

Getting to the event:

  • Train services from Wollongong and the South Coast arrive at Fairy Meadow Station at 15.30, 16.30, 17.30 and 18.30
  • Train Services from Sydney arrive at Fairy Meadow Station at 15.06, 16.16, 17.06

Leaving the event:

  • Train services to Sydney depart from Fairy Meadow station at 21.57 and 23.36
  • Train Services to Wollongong and the South Coast depart Fairy Meadow Station at 22.06 and 23.05

The Last Frost is an all ages event (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian)

Saturday August 19 at the University of Wollongong’s
Innovation Campus
Kicks off @ 4pm

Second Line Up Announced For Festival – Stuart Park, October Long Weekend

Posted on August 3, 2017

 

With the days getting longer and the nights shorter, the countdown is on until your favourite springtime festival hits the shores of Wollongong for another year of sun, tunes and booze! The team at Yours & Owls Festival have decided to ramp up the party vibes by adding an extra 2 stages to their already heaving line-up, which means double the artists to get your ears around!

Celebrating the ‘gongs homegrown talent, the Rad Stage has been curated by Rad Bar venue owner Daniel Radburn, who has staged some of the town’s finest local artists, including a few of the big names on the line-up. So what can you expect from this stage? Radburn says Genres ranging from pop to dub to hardcore as well as a couple of Wollongong’s favourite ‘out of towners’ coming to join the party. The local scene must be supported so come and check out some of the bands killing it right now before they take over the world”.

The weird brains and scrawny brawn behind past Y & O’s rave caves, Panoptes Palace and The Trance Mahal, are back at it again this year with BF5: Das Schmeltz Haus. Drawing inspiration from the blast furnaces of Wollongong’s heavy industries (which we think are on the up), the design this year is made of pure ‘strayan steel. You will experience well above standard atmospheric temperature and pressure, brought by a firey line up of DJs hand picked by our one and only thirsty union boss. Consider yourself warned by WHS section… get too close to blast furnace and you’ll smelt your face off. Das ist wunderbar!

We are down to the very last of the FINAL RELEASE tickets so you’d better get in quick if you don’t want to miss out!

RAD STAGE

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Archy Punker * Body Type * Break A Leg * Good Boy * Hoon * Jacob * Los Pintar * Los Tones * Love Buzz * RAAVE TAPES * Raised as Wolves * S M Jenkins * Sub Tribe * Sun Sap * The Nah * Totty * Tyne-James Organ * White Blanks

 

Archy Punker started as the solo project of Kyle Willough by banging around in his backyard shed. Two years on and the project has turned itself into a combination of best mates, touring up and down the east coast with headline shows and supporting the likes of Hockey Dad, Good Boy, West Thebarton and Step Panther. You’ll be able to check out their live performance of Kiss In The Rain from their debut EP Mates Rates.

Writing songs that range thematically from being deep in the throes of heartbreak to the banality of life in a mouldy Redfern terrace, Body Type are bringing their lo-fi garage pop songs, including Ludlow & 264, to the stage. Having only played their first show in late 2016, they have since been invited to support Cate Le Bon, The Coathangers, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos as well as performing at Gizzfest, Sydney Festival and Secret Garden.

Local punk/hardcore outfit Break A Leg have spent the better part of 7 years travelling up and down the east coast playing any venue or show they could, alongside the likes of Northlane, In Hearts Wake and Ur Boy Bangz, quickly gaining a reputation for their energetic and somewhat outlandish live performances. By 2015, each member was living or working in a different state so the boys decided to have one last show, selling out the Corrimal Hotel in Wollongong. 10 years since their inception BAL are blowing the dust off their gear and getting together for another final show, appearing on the Rad Stage at Yours & Owls Festival. 

Only two years in to their conception, Brisbane three-piece Good Boy have supported the likes of Viet Cong, Homeshake, British India, The John Steel Singers, Jonathan Boulet, Velociraptor, Palms, Northeast Party House, took out the triple j unearthed Laneway Festival competition, opening the Brisbane Laneway main stage to a huge crowd, and got added to high rotation on triple j with their debut single Transparency. After touring with Japandroids and ending 2016 in style playing Festival Of The Sun and Falls Festival, Good Boy have no plans to slow down, releasing a split 7 inch with Melbourne wunderkind Jarrow in April, featuring single Braap.

Four-piece DIY alternative punk and garage rock band Hoon, have quickly carved a path through Wollongong’s local scene with their eclectic of chaotic garage punk and reckless, and highly animated live shows. The release of Hoon’s self-titled debut album has sparked the expansion of their DIY ethics resulting in the film clip for their second track Nature Boy to be premiered at the Clipped Music Video Festival at Vivid Sydney. Touring along the east coast and Indonesia with headline shows, they have also supported Dune Rats, High Tension and Clowns.

Jacob are a band united by their passion for cheesy emo-rock and DIY practices. Their journey has lead them to stages across the country; opening for acclaimed international acts such as Against Me!, Joyce Manor, The Hotelier and Tigers Jaw, as well as Australian favourites Luca Brasi, Ceres, Trophy Eyes and Tired Lion. They are currently hard at work, writing their second LP, and whilst the new single is not taken directly from the forthcoming album, How Long Until You’re Next to Me? sets the tone for Jacob 2.0.

Los Pintar is a raw garage rock duo from Wollongong made up of the basics – guitar, drum, male and female. Allowing their music to find its own direction through passages of distorted fuzz and drone, these two musicians can fill a room with raw emotive power making their performances events to be experienced, not simply heard.

Sydney four-piece Los Tones have been laying down a twang-slung vision of garage rock for the past 4 years, they run the fuzz high and hectic, and bring on surf vibes sanded into a rough-cut leather lacquer. Following tours through Europe, South America and Japan, and supporting band’s of the highest caliber – such as King Khan and the BBQ Show, Night Beats, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Thee Oh SeesLos Tones have released their second album which include tracks What Happened and The Door

Hard rock trio from Wollongong Love Buzz, have been spending their time playing shows between Melbourne and Sydney in the last few years. Partying from the bush to the city, they have released their debut single Broken in June this year.

After being earmarked as ones to watch by Triple J with an “Unearthed Spotlight” in July 2016, RAAVE TAPES took out the 2016 Triple J Unearthed THIS THAT competition. Their lively brand of garage indie dance rock has seen the Novocastrian 3 piece perform alongside industry favourites The Gooch Palms, Hockey Dad, Andy Bull, Harts, Skeggs, Cubsport, WAAX, The Bennies, Clowns, Ecca Vandal, The Pinheads, Polish Club and a slew of local legends. Following the release of their latest single 2 u xoxo this year they kicked off a national tour, featuring an appearance at Mountain Sounds.

Raised as Wolves are a 3 piece melodic punk band from Wollongong/Sydney. Brought up and heavily influenced by the melodic edge and energy of 90’s pop punk; Raised as Wolves present a very musical brand of punk rock full of loud guitars, raucous drums and catchy choruses, as seen in 2016’s title-track Phonebook for Hokkaido. Since their inception they have shared the stage with punk and hardcore acts from all over the country including Frenzal Rhomb, The Living End, Clowns, The Bennies, Columbus, Death by Stereo, Born Lion and heaps more. 2017 has seen a slight departure from their previous sound, which will be heard in new music late in the year.

Melbourne-based band S M Jenkins was created by ex Step-Panther vocalist/guitarist Steve, before he enlisted a whole bunch of legends to play alongside him including Jo Syme of Big Scary on drums, Jimmy Gallagher of Dumb Punts on bass and Shanna Watson who plays for Caitlin Park on guitar. Releasing their debut EP Out There in the Zone early last year, they will be popping their Wollongong cherry at Yours & Owls Festival. 

From the raw, roots-driven frequencies of Aotearoa (New Zealand) comes SUB-TRIBE, a three-piece electronic dub-fusion outfit with more groove than your vintage vinyl collection. From chunky skank reggae to blues drenched glitch hop, SUB-TRIBE keeps it heavy on the bass and keeps you light on your feet. Exploding onto the Sydney music scene by supporting NZ dub pioneers Salmonella Dub on their Summer tour, they released their first track Home in February this year, with plans to finalise their debut EP by summer 2018!

It’s been a big 6 months for the South Coast’s Sun Sap. Since the release of Hanging Hearts, their signature honky-tonk quirks, intoxicating swagger and woozy sun soaked riffs have seen them pick-up extensive community-radio airplay, support Polish Club and Hockey Dad and more recently sign to Harbour Agency for bookings. They’re now set to release their new single, Love Is Gone and head interstate for the first time as well as support The Ruminaters in Sydney. If Sun Sap haven’t already been on your radar, it’s about time they should be.

Four soft punk gems from Wollongong, The Nah spans everything from melancholic indie to semi-ironic surf rock. Taking in influences by Blondie, LCD Soundsystem, SCABZ (are shit), The Roches, Talking Heads, women, trans and gender diverse songwriters, nature, science, feelings and justice.

Local two-piece lo-fi shed rock band TOTTY have only been together for a few months, but they have already developed a solid reputation in the Wollongong and Sydney music scene. Their debut single RIFF received triple j airplay and after releasing their second single SIGH the duo have been made a spotlight artist on the Unearthed website and added to various tastemaker playlists on Spotify.

Tyne-James Organ writes incredible, heartfelt songs, and is blessed with a voice to stop you in your tracks. Having created a powerful online following through his Youtube channel, Tyne has also collaborated with the likes of Allday, toured with The Beautiful Girls, Lewis Watson, and Little Sea, and sold out his debut headline tour in less than a week. Having only officially released one single, In My Arms, we predict there’ll be more than a few extra fans joining his impressive socials, and hoping to meet him after seeing him perform at Yours & Owls.

Following their 2016 single Get Better, three-piece White Blanks took to stages at festivals such as Shaka Fest, Yours & Owls Festival, Good Stuff, Jungle Love and Beyond The Valley. A combustion of atomic surf noise rock, it’s White Blanks’ catchy melodies and chaotic stage presence that has left audiences intoxicated and thirsty for more. With new releases just around the corner, White Blanks are set to quench!

 

BF5: DAS SCHMELTZ HAUS

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Andy Garvey * Ariane * Elodie * Jamie Blanco * Jon Watts * Jozef Connor & Albert Hunt * Kato * Massive Marbo & The Battered Sav * Pals * Paul Jextra * Ravespewtin * Sam Weston * Simon Caldwell * Somersault * Stamp Daddy & Space Gas

 

An electronic music specialist at FBi Radio, Andy Garvey is the voice of weekly radio show Pure Space. With an ear finely tuned to the workings of the diverse local and international dance music community, Andy introduces some of the world’s most interesting electronic acts to Sydney airwaves. Off air Andy continues to light the fire under packed club floors around Australia with her eclectic mix of carefully curated tracks, warming floors for Legowelt, Florian Kupfer, Julio Bashmore, Kornel Kovacs, Jayda G, Sleep D, Mall Grab, Cyril Hahn and Anthony Naples, and is a regular fixture at Club 77, Vibe Positive and Future Classic hosted events.

Ariane is a dance-floor miracle. Sharp of mind, wit and wardrobe, her style behind the decks is at once distinguishably focused and exceptionally eclectic, encompassing all spectrums of the party realm. Not to mention a big presence on the festival circuit over the last few of years, playing Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Listen Out, Field Day and Outside In. True versatility is a rarity these days, however Ariane‘s sound and stage presence lends itself equally to Mardi Gras, the Sydney Festival, supporting the likes of Horse Meat Disco, and playing Lil Wayne/Eminem after parties (true story).

Originally from Wollongong, DJ Elodie May is a Sydney-based writer and song selector with an ear for classic house, minimal techno and sparkly space disco. Starting out on the decks only a short while ago, this new kid to the biz is making a name for herself DJ’ing intimate house parties, secluded beach locales and boozy dim lit bars. She’s been soaking up the party scene with a lot of late nights; with a passion for music so hot it’s about ready to boil over!

Hailing from London, Jamie Blanco is a music producer, live artist and DJ. His DJ sets and live shows have seen him play at clubs, parties
and festivals regularly from London to Berlin, Croatia to Vietnam and recently in
both Sydney and Melbourne. His original productions, remixes and engineer work as a
solo artist and collaborator (currently as one half of Ess O Ess) has spanned the last seven years with output featured on labels such as Future Boogie, Love On The Rocks, London Housing Trust, Not An Animal, Cynic, Tusk Wax and ENE to name a few.

Over the years Wollongong native Jon Watts (aka the sonic journeyman) has performed improvised electronics, played jazz guitar in big bands, accidentally created the revival of UK Garage in Sydney with the infamous Champain Lyf crew and has just released his first record Another View. A respected DJ Jon has been a regular fixture at House of Mince, Picnic & Heavenly parties in Sydney, Butter Sessions & Lost Weekend in Melbourne, and has played esteemed parties Pavlova Bar & Vibe Positive.

As a DJ Jozef Conor embodies the deep, driving, rough house, which has defined his latest production work, including his debut EP Mazyte. Jozef has taken his sound abroad for the second year running, with performances in the Philippines (Carpe Noctem Inc. Label Showcase), the established Barcelona City Hall, and Ibiza representing Melbourne’s Recovery Collective. Inspired by the scene in Europe, he also launched the Moontanned series of parties, as well as covering a diverse range of Sydney and Melbourne music hubs, including S.A.S.H, WeLove, Revolver, Tramp, and Circus Melbourne.

A wild Kato can easily be spotted in his natural habitat, the party. Whether he’s on the dance-floor with his shirt off waving that bloody tune towel around or behind the turntables mixing up the wildest records he’s managed to collect in his 20+ digging in crates all around the world. A true party connoisseur has seen Kato involved at some of the best nights and festivals Sydney has to offer including House Of Mince, Subsonic, Goodgod Super Club, Sydney Pony Club, Charades, People’s Club, Heavenly, Vibe Positive, Ghostly, Yours and Owls, Freda’s, Club 77, Spice, Field Day and his own parties Postcards From The Edge and Breakbeat Chaos.

Prepare for the return of the dirty yacht disco duo, Massive Marbo & The Battered Sav, need we say more….

Together as Pals, DJs Jake Walker and Ivy Whittingham run regular parties, bringing the darker side of dance music culture to Wollongong. Expect to hear the two cut swiftly between breaks, techno, bass and other sounds selected to get your head spinning.

Paul Jextra oscillates between studios, acoustics labs and DJ booths. Over the years he has developed a taste for off-kilter leftfield dance music and quirky Balearic-a, with a focus on the late 70s to early 90s. From island disco to South African bubble-gum, his sets are colourful and spontaneous. He made an acclaimed debut on Jen Oath Records with Coarsica EP as one half of Caravan and is also part of TLC Djs, The Listening Club, alongside Marcus King, Donnotella and Marco Vella.

 Ravespewtin’s love of music started from early years in Siberia (Wollongong) when his old man would play air guitar in ripped y-fronts to Led Zep and Cream records. Not discovering “das klub” until later on in life, he’s learnt that it’s where all the good people are generally found, and would prefer to be on a cooking D-floor than watching master chef. He’s also part of the crew that built the Trance Mahal and Panoptes Palace at past Yours & Owls Festivals. Mainly, he’s just keen for a bag of cold cans with good crew, and giving a smoke machine a good rinse.

In 2015, the enigmatic Sam Weston seemed to appear out of thin-air, a seemingly fresh upstart in the Australian House-scene releasing a dusty collection of late-night/early-morning jams aptly titled Shiraz Voyager. Weston arrived on the scene and people took notice, with his rose-tinted house EP selling out within weeks. No stranger to playing live as one half of influential Sydney duo Alba, Sam’s solo live performances have gotten rave review for his ability to engage an audience and whip a room into a heaving state.

Simon Caldwell is one of a handful of DJ’s whose name adds a certain integrity to an event. Playing since the early 1990’s to beer drinkers, bum shakers and radio listeners alike, he has managed to avoid the stifling ‘style’ classification so many other DJ’s trap themselves into, keeping himself free to draw on his varied loves of deep, soulful house, techno, funk, jazz, electro, booty, hip hop and anything else which catches his ear. Simon has supported a list of internationals longer than your arm, including Larry Heard, Theo Parrish, James Brown, DJ Sotofett, The Black Madonna, Todd Terje, Rolando, Herbert, Claude Young, Maurice Fulton, Grace Jones, Derrick Carter to name just a few.

Somersault’s music is uncompromising. Heavily influenced by the shuffling rhythms of dark UK garage, atmospheric techno and deep melodic house, Somersault likes to straddle the line between the delirious highs and murky lows, a sound that’s brought his unique sets to outdoor festivals and underground clubs. The thunderous title track from his eagerly awaited Stampede EP, was one of the highlights of Karotte’s set at the 2016 Hafen 49 closing party in Mannheim, Germany while the sensuous B-side, It’s Erotic was selected as the opening track for veteran Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself radio show.

Forged in the in the fiery depths of Mount Kembla, where many a coal miner dare not venture, Stamp Daddy and Space Gas are here on a quest to bring peace to the republic of Yours and Owls.

Fresh off one of the hottest sets Viva La Gong has ever copped, the boys are here to smack ya one right in the kisser! So dance……..you fools.

 

CHECK OUT THE YOURS & OWLS 2017 LINE-UP HERE

 

A big thank you to our sponsor family, including; Coopers, Thatchers, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Destination NSW, Destination Wollongong and Win TV

Yours & Owls Festival is an 18+ event.  

September 30 & 1 Stuart Park North Wollongong NSW 

FINAL RELEASE tickets on sale now via moshtix & http://yoursandowlsfestival.com.au/

 

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British India Announce New Album & Release Tour Dates + Clip – Playing UOW Unibar, December 8

Posted on August 1, 2017

‘Forgetting The Future’ is the 6th studio album from Melbourne rock royalty British India. Featuring current single Precious, it’s set for release on September 22 via the hyped team at Liberation. Today the band are excited to reveal the visually arresting video for Precious, as well as announce a mammoth 35-date national tour in support of their forthcoming LP.

After five hugely successful albums, British India found themselves at crossroads. ‘Forgetting The Future’ is the story of them destroying their world in order to live in it. For the first time, the band teamed up with an external producer; voyaging into previously unknown sonic territory with Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson. This revolutionary approach has led the band to create an explosive album that is their most ambitious and textured to date. “We were tapping into the same ferocity you feel when you first start writing songs,” vocalist Declan Melia says. “Just going for it, getting songs out without overthinking them, fast and hard. The way I see it, the sound is futuristic but it’s still raw.”

Lead single Precious is currently spinning on rotation at triple j. Its stylistic new video comes courtesy of the talented team at Oh Yeah Wow. Smoke, colour and flames surround the band, as visuals vividly portray the tragic beauty of momentary bliss. It’s incredibly executed and out now for your viewing pleasure.

British India have earned themselves an honest reputation as one of the country’s hardest working bands, and their upcoming national tour reaffirms this. With 10 expansive new tracks added to their repertoire, the band will be hitting up cities all over the country for three months, kicking things off this September.

In celebration of the album’s announce, British India have also locked in a special one-off show at Melbourne’s Howler, on August 16. The exclusive album preview show is available only to fans who pre-order the album via their webstore: www.britishindiaofficial.com/store

Throughout a remarkable 10 year career, British India have attained four Top 10 ARIA albums, seven entries into the Hottest 100 and their single I Can Make You Love Me is also accredited Gold in Australia. The band’s previous LP, ‘Nothing Touches Me’ featured popular singles, Suddenly and Wrong Direction which have collectively accumulated over 3 million Spotify streams.

Forgetting The Future is out September 22.

Friday, December 8

Tickets: $30 + BF – here.

Troldhaugen Announce New Album & Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, September 16

Posted on July 26, 2017

Who said entertainment was dead? Just spend five minutes with Troldhaugen and they will blow your mind.

Troldhaugen have announced two incredible new things. Firstly their new album ‘IDIO+SYNCRASIES’ is due for release on Friday September 1st. Secondly, they will be embarking on a run of Australian shows before departing on an epic European tour alongside pirate-metal giants ALESTORM. Last time they did this, tickets went fast, so don’t miss out folks.

Wollongong’s Troldhaugen are an exciting, exuberant breath of fresh air in progressive metal. With incredible showmanship blended with a heavy dose of epic riffs and technicality, the band have blasted their way around Australia and Europe, forging a new scene around their folk-prog-circus-metal-pop hybrid.

The band’s 2014 breakout album ‘Obzkure Anekdotez for Maniakal Massez’ was enthusiastically received by the massez, earning the band airplay on triple j, tours with Vampillia (JPN), Alestorm (UK), Finntroll (SWE), Toehider, Twelve Foot Ninja & catapulting them to festival stages in Europe early in their fledgling touring career.

Now seasoned road warriors, the band’s latest opus ‘IDIO+SYNCRASIES’ takes their bizarre antics to another level.  Like Lady Gaga fronting Metallica, or…Daft Punk fronting Mr. Bungle…or…something. Anyway, it’s out through Bird’s Robe Records on Friday September 1st.

“A magical, genre-shape-shifting monster that I just want more of” – Nick Findlay, triple j

“I love you.” – Gemma Pike, triple j

“These guys are positively insane!” – Metal Obsession

“A marvel of modern music.” – Zan Rowe, triple j

Saturday, September 16

Tickets: $10 + BF – here.

Boo Seeka Announce Debut Album and Release New Single + Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar,

Posted on July 26, 2017

 

Following a whirlwind 6-months of touring the US and Australia in support of their last single ‘Does This Last,’ duo BOO Seeka today return with new offering ‘Turn Up Your Light’. The track joins the news the pair are set to release their highly anticipated debut album Never Too Soon, out August 4th via Sureshaker Music. Pre-order available Friday, 30th of June.

Produced by long-time collaborator Ian Pritchett (Bootleg Rascal & Lyall Moloney), fans can expect a noticeable development in the duo’s sound, with band member Sammy Seeka describing Never Too Soon as, “This album best reflects our recent life experiences, encapsulating all we’ve encountered over the past two and a half years. Our recording process for the album followed no structure; we recorded vocals in carparks, tour buses and our studios in Sydney. One vocal loop was recorded into an iPhone on stage in a theatre in America. Ultimately every idea and piece of music we had come together in my bedroom studio, we then took it to our producer Ian Pritchett’s garage studio and that’s where the songs came to life.”

So far, 2017 has been jam packed, having returned from a tour of the United States, including an appearance at SXSW, the pair have just finished their regional tour in addition to sold-out capital city dates, bringing the total to over 40 performances. No strangers to a hectic touring schedule, Boo Seeka have sold-out headline tours and festivals in Australia and abroad, including appearances at Groovin The Moo, Splendour In the Grass, Southbound Festival, Party In The Paddock and appearing at Gum Ball and The Big Pineapple Festival this year.

The indie electronic duo have accumulated over 8 million Spotify streams and dominated national airwaves with their singles ‘Oh My’, ‘Deception Bay’ and ‘Fool. Their 2015 debut ‘Kingdom Leader’ peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Electronic chart, and their follow up single ‘Deception Bay’ reached #50 in triple j’s 2015 Hottest 100 edition and snagged the outfit a J Award nomination for Unearthed Artist of the Year. With a debut album set for a release and even more touring plans to be announce, 2017 looks to cement the duo as a force to be reckoned with.

 

Saturday, October 7

Tickets: $20 + BF – here.

Drapht Announces One Off Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, October 28

Posted on July 13, 2017

Drapht is heading back to the NSW – QLD coastline for some one off shows, and bringing his old mates Jimmy Recard, Don Quixote & Rapunzel with him to the party!

Playing songs from a lengthy jam packed back catalogue,, these shows are not ones to be missed.

 

Saturday, October 28

Tickets: $30 + BF – here.

THE LAST FROST || Yours & Owls Announce Massive Party || UOW Innovation Campus || Saturday August 19

Posted on July 7, 2017

Pre Release Code: STAYFROSTY

Violent Soho || Cloud Control || The Kite String Tangle || Cub Sport || Fazerdaze (NZ) || Sloan Peterson || Mookhi

Just when you thought you’d hibernate all winter, the creators of Yours and Owls Festival are ready to lure you back into the light with The Last Frost. Not just a warm up for Yours and Owls Festival, but a roaring, blazing fire to celebrate the approaching end of winter, The Last Frost boasts an eclectic and epic line-up of artists from Australia and New Zealand ready to throw a log on the fire and toast your marshmallows at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus. The diverse line-up will warm those dancing limbs and put a smile on your face.

This tasty, all-ages musical treat coincides with the weekend of UOW’s Open Day and is just a hint of what’s to come for the warmer months ahead…

Seemingly out of nowhere, Violent Soho propelled themselves into the hearts, minds and stereos around the world with their wildly well-received LP Hungry Ghost, and 2016’s ARIA #1 Album and massive follow up WACO, an album that spared no punches with hits ‘Viceroy’ and ‘Like Soda’’, and finally swept the band up on a series of sold out dates on 2 x ginormous national tours. Breaking away from the studio for this special celebration, Wollongong audiences are about to be royally treated to the punk rock frenzied genius of this Brissy band as they sneak in one last ‘gong show for the year. Get sweaty!

Sydney psych pop outfit Cloud Control have always been defined by happy chaos, ever since they formed on a whim for a university band competition in 2005 and went on to create the ARIA nominated first album Bliss Release. Since, the band have become internationally renowned for their dynamic live performances, lush layered harmonies, and now their grungy hit new single ‘Rainbow City’ which they’ll be bringing to the stage in Wollongong. With the forthcoming third full-length and self-produced album due out later this year — their first since 2013’s acclaimed sophomore, Dream Cave –  the band are coming full circle and making their return to a uni campus ready to celebrate.

Just in time for The Kite String Tangle’s debut self-titled album to be released on July 14 and to properly get under your skin, the Brisbane based, ARIA nominated producer has already been treating your ear canals to singles ‘Selfish’ and ‘The Prize’, a return to pop tinged electronic and Danny Harley’s soulful vocals. Harley has enjoyed a great run since the release of his breakthrough single ‘Given The Chance’ in 2013 including sold out national tours and appearances at Falls Festival, SXSW and Splendour In The Grass under his belt, the highly anticipated debut album has been a long time coming with the ‘gong set to be amongst the first to experience it.

Brisbane’s Cub Sport had a career-defining 2016 with their dream-pop debut album This Is Our Vice. Featuring well-loved singles ‘Only Friend’,I Can’t Save You’, and the massive hit ‘Come On Mess Me Up’, the record launched the band into the stratosphere and saw them come in at #24 in triple j’ Hottest 100. Having received critical acclaim internationally, the band spent the majority of 2016 on the road celebrating with their legion of new of fans. Amongst headline tours of Australia, North American, the UK and Europe, Cub Sport also joined The 1975 for their Australian arena tour after catching the attention of the group’s front man Matty Healy. Now, Cub Sport have finished putting the final touches on album number two, set for release late 2017. The first single off the new album, gospel-inspired single ‘O Lord’, shows a band hitting their stride and truly making their mark. Check out their goosebump-inducing Triple J Like A Version cover of Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ if you need any more convincing of their genius.

New Zealand indie darling Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, has been preparing to take over the world with her new release Morningside, her first full-length record described aptly by NME as “elegant dream pop”. Mesmerizing and captivating audiences with every performance, Murray has already achieved so much in such a short time. She’s been praised by NME, played with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin, was invited to join the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, joined the line-up for The Great Escape Festival, and is rounding it all up with a short Australian tour this year featuring Wollongong!

Although only 24, Sydney’s Sloan Peterson lives by a soundtrack of ‘50s guitar pop and modern garage rock. Songwriter Joe Jackson is immediately influenced by everything from Elvis, to Wanda Jackson or the fashion statements of Nancy Sinatra and David Bowie – Sloan Peterson is the sum of these influences that adds up to so much more. Jackson’s music bursts with warmth that can be heard in new single ‘105’. With a self-titled album forthcoming in 2017 and a spot at Bigsound and Freedom 2.0 on the horizon this is clearly only the beginning with Jackson set for take-off.

Olympia Henshaw aka Sydney producer Mookhi, grew up in both Hong Kong and India where she absorbed her musical surroundings, favouring dark eastern-based scales, chords and melodies.  From these exotic beginnings, Henshaw gained quick following as a complex and sophisticated beat maker. Mookhi delves into the genre of electronic hip-hop in the most seductive way, building lush tapestries of sound live that are unique with each performance. ‘Foul Playis Mookhi’s first single and unsurprisingly it’s already flying up the Triple J Unearthed charts complete with lush vocals from teaming up with the soulful Billy Fox.

Saturday, August 19

Tickets: $65 + BF – here.

Meg Mac Announces Album & Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, September 21

Posted on July 3, 2017

MEG MAC’s full Australian tour dates have been unveiled today, as the mesmerising singer songwriter prepares to release her debut long player, LOW BLOWS, on July 14.

MEG MAC’s previously listed shows at The Enmore Theatre in Sydney and The Forum in Melbourne sold out very quickly. A second show at The Forum has already been announced and is selling out fast – full details of MEG MAC’s Australian tour presented by Triple J are listed below.

LOW BLOWS, set for release on littleBIGMANrecords on July 14, is a powerful set of dynamic, deep soul, exhortations that have an all-enveloping atmosphere and presence, distinctly and uniquely MEG MAC. It was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas with Niles City Sound, who produced and played on Leon Bridges’ album ‘Coming Home’.

The recording focused on capturing a great live vocal performance, driven by a dynamic rhythm section and punctuated by her piano. MEG MAC says, “Overall I wanted it to really feel like I was just singing in the room to you. So a lot of the vocal performances are live and unedited, I think it was important to do that”.

 

Thursday, September 21

Tickets: $35 + BF – here.