GARDEN PARTY 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED – AT UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 22
Posted on February 11, 2019
UOW UniBar and Yours and Owls are teaming up again to bring back Wollongong’s BIGGEST student party for the 16th year running. This year the team is hosting its tastiest party yet with DZ DEATHRAYS, CONFIDENCE MAN and SAMPA THE GREAT headlining an all-star Australian music line-up featuring local band GOOD LEKKER.
DZ DEATHRAYS are a dance-punk duo hailing from Brisbane, Australia and have toured over 15 countries with 3 studio albums and 3 Eps. Their debut album Bloodstreams won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards. Their recent music video for single ‘Like People’ features Murray Cook of Red Wiggle fame (if you’re lucky he may just pop up at Garden Party).
CONFIDENCE MAN are and electro-pop band from Brisbane, Australia whose debut album ‘Confident Music for Confident People’ has had music lovers alike grooving since it dropped earlier this year. Formed by band members from The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective and The Jungle Giants, CONFIDENCE MAN are known for their high-energy, choreographed dance routines and outlandish costumes. Their track ‘Boyfriend’ featured in this year’s Netflix smash-hit ‘To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before’.
SAMPA THE GREAT is one of Australia’s greatest and most innovative MCs. Born in Zambia, the Melbourne based rapper won the Australian Music Prize in 2018 for her ground-breaking mixtape ‘Birds and the BEE9’. Her sound blurs the boundaries between hip-hop, soul, jazz, gospel and reggae, and she has performed as the opening act for Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat.
With this year’s massive line-up, GARDEN PARTY is expected to sell out fast. There’s no better way to start the 2019 Academic Year than with our GARDEN PARTY.
Supported by: i98FM
FULL LINE-UP: DZ DEATHRAYS – CONFIDENCE MAN – SAMPA THE GREAT – CERES – MOANING LISA – GENESIS OWUSU – GOOD LEKKER
RHYE ANNOUNCES CANBERRA SHOW – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 4
Posted on February 11, 2019
Gifted songwriting, breathtaking vocals and deft instrumental arrangements—Rhye debuts in ANU Theatre Complex in March 2019. A mosaic of stirring piano, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye finds humanity in musicality. Shrouded in mystery, the group first surfaced setting the Internet abuzz with ambiguous imagery, sophisticatedly sensual music videos, and that distinctive falsetto.
Originally a duo conceived in the studio, RHYE has transformed into a collective led by vocalist and producer Milosh and elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists, creating an intoxicating blend of R&B influenced, deeply emotive music.
JOYCE MANOR ANNOUNCES CANBERRA SHOW + SUPPORTS – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 1
Posted on February 11, 2019
Handsome Tours is excited to reveal that enigmatic Epitaph rockers Joyce Manor will return to Australia in February/March 2019, playing shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne as well as Wollongong’s The Farmer & The Owl Festival.
The headline run follows a huge visit in 2017 which saw Joyce Manor play to sold out rooms supporting The Smith Street Band as well as their own sweaty club shows. The tour celebrates the release of Joyce Manor’s acclaimed fifth album ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’, released in September on Epitaph.
If Joyce Manor’s 2016 release ‘Cody’ was about growing up, then ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’ is about what happens next—the reckonings with love, money, doubt and confusion, and the hope that persists despite it all. The title stems from a memorable moment in Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker’s memoir, in which he recounts offering a friend a million dollars to end his life. It’s a sad and unsettling story, and thus perfectly representative of the Californian quartet’s sound.
Recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge, the album is awash with a tangible, almost haunting yearning. It is filled with miniature spaces containing huge, overwhelming anxieties, in short digestible punk (Spin Magazine). It has seen this much loved Epitaph Records signing continue to mature, their willingness to expand the subtleties of their sound making for an enthralling listen (Pitchfork).
Joyce Manor formed in Torrance, California in 2008. Their self-titled first album, released in 2011,was sharp and sad and as a result found forever homes on many a Tumblr blogger’s Best Of. Its final track, “Constant Headache,” eventually became the band’s most enduring song, cementing their sound as a amalgamation of sad and tough at the same time using Johnson’s mix of major and minor chords.
Supports announced: Sputnik Sweetheart and Azim Zane & His Lovely Bones
PEKING DUK ANNOUNCES THEIR BIGGEST TOUR EVER… SO FAR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 5
Posted on February 11, 2019
Australia’s favourite duo Peking Duk return in 2019 with their Biggest Tour Ever. After selling out The Wasted Tour across Australian capital cities, Peking Duk will share the epic live show and reveal brand new music to 50,000 fans across capital cities and regional areas.
“We are so damn stoked to announce this tour. 2019 is going to be the best year for Peking Duk yet. We’ll be releasing a lot of the best music we’ve ever written and we plan to put on the biggest, sweatiest and wildest shows of all time. First taste of the new music is out in January and more to follow in early 2019. We can’t wait to share it with everyone and see your faces at the shows.” – Peking Duk
FARMER & THE OWL WELCOME ‘THE RECORD ROOM’ TO F&O FESTIVAL!
Posted on January 30, 2019
Farmer & The Owl Festival is a festival for lovers of all thing’s music, and to enhance that experience we’ll be hosting the Record Room! A sprawling space in the Salt Building within the site, dedicated to all thing’s vinyl. Get ready to deep dive, rummage, uncover, and expand your collections….
At the heart ofFarmer & The Owl festival’s name sake is an independent record label that develops and releases artists from Wollongong and its surrounds. In conjunction with the label artists (Hockey Dad, The Pinheads, TEES, Tropical Strength & Totally Unicorn) the 2019 festival has been curated to help music fans discover some of the label artists favourites from around the world.
Independent labels run like a family, the greater independent music scene is an extension of this. With a large number of artists on the festival line up part of those indie label families, we thought it only fitting we invited some of our favourite labels from around Australia to set up stalls and play DJ sets in the Record Room across the whole day.
Australian independent labels, Spunk,Rice Is Nice, Pieater, Hotel Motel, Bedroom Suck, Our Golden Friend and Farmer & The Owl will host stalls in the Record Room. Independent retailer MusicFarmers will cover releases from artists across the line up and a specially curated selection of must have vinyl from some the world’s best indie record labels.
To soundtrack the Record Room, we’ve invited a bunch of our favourite vinyl DJ’s to spin wax! Spunk Records, Rice Is Nice and Our Golden Friend will spin some of their favourite tunes alongside local vinyl DJ favourites Catman, Chelsea Dagger, Sultans Of Spin and Honeybear.
Established to develop and release acts from Wollongong and surrounds, Farmer & The Owl has released music from Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, TEES, Tropical Strength, Bec Sandridge, Tumbleweed and The Pinheads. The current label artists helped curate this festival, highlighting the broad and eclectic music tastes of our label family. Farmer & Th Owl also release a compilation series called Beached Friends which focuses on discovery the next crop of great artists from the Wollongong area.
Bedroom Suck is a Brisbane born label that provides andavenue for independent, like-minded artists to record, release and distribute their music to a global audience. The label has worked with artists such as Blank Realm, Boomgates, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Terrible Truths, Lower Plenty and many more.
Hotel Motel Records is a label run out of Melbourne. The current guest registry includes Cool Sounds, Quivers, Nat Vazer, L.A. Mood, Orlean and S.M. Jenkins. There’s no rules to the genre of music on the imprint, it’s just gotta sound good while you’re wearing a bathrobe and wayfarers.
Our Golden Friend is an independent record label and management collective from Melbourne who have a love for Australian music and Labradors, home to 808s and Greatest Hits, Chitra, Moonlover, POPPONGENE, RVG, Way Dynamic.
Winners of the 2017 Australian Independent Record Labels Association ‘Best Label’, Pieater is an expanding local collective offering record label, artist management and merchandise services; and a recently completed music studio BellBird. Home to Airling, Christopher Port, #1 Dads, Tom Snowdon, Slow Dancer and No Mono.
Rice Is Nice is an independent Australian record label which aims to promote unique Australian artists. Rice Is Nice was formed in 2008 and has since signed and released the works of a number of artists, the musical genres of which vary greatly. Artists Rice Is Nice have released include Straight Arrows, Donny Benet, The Laurels, Den and Angie.
Now in its twentieth year Spunk Records have licensed many of the world’s great albums for release in Australia while also establishing a local roster of quality Australian and New Zealand artists. On the international from Spunk has released music in Australia from Mac Demarco, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Mogwai and hundreds more while also developing local artists a local stable of artists that includes Holly Throsby, Aldous Harding, The Ocean Party as well as Farmer & The Owl Festival artists Shining Bird and Sunscreen.
Established in 2004, Music Farmers has established itself as the go to music retailer in Wollongong with an emphasis on vinyl. The Music Farmers stall at Farmer & The Owl Festival will feature vinyl from artists across the line up and in conjunction with Inertia Music a specially curated section of vinyl from some of the world’s best independent labels such as Sub Pop, Matador, Secretly Canadian, Flightless and plenty more.
You can listen to the official Farmer and The Owl Festival Spotify playlist here.
Farmer & The Owl Festival debuts this March, at its new home among the steel lined laneways and lush urban parklands of McCabe Park in the heart of Wollongong, lined with spacious lots and secluded post-industrial alcoves for music consumption and discovery!
Farmer & The Owl is theperfect 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!
A special congratulations from Y&O also goes to Ocean Alley for taking out the Number 1 spot!
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).
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.
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.