Sit down, get comfortable, take three deep breaths and let your mind wander from the cold doom of this 2020 winter to the warmth of the impending 2021 summer.
Picture the sand between your toes, salt-soaked air, cool ocean waves lapping on the shore, ice-cold bevs and long balmy nights. Visualize two whole days at the end of January with a crew of your nearest and dearest, letting loose at Stuart Park in Wollongong, an abundant medley of Australia and New Zealand’s finest fresh hitting the stage out of isolation just to entertain you thanks to your mates at Yours and Owls……Namaste bitches!
On a serious note re the new world order: The safety and wellbeing of our community is supreme; we will be working with local health advisors right up until gates open to ensure the festival is operating within whatever parameters are needed come Jan 2021.
Life in a time of global pandemic eh, what a ride!
In a dream world, this week, we would be announcing our dates for Yours & Owls 2020 for the October long weekend as we have done for the past few years.
In the real world, with this much uncertainty and so many unknowns, we have decided to move our dates to January 23 and 24, 2021 to give us a more realistic chance of the festival going ahead.
Essentially you will still get Yours & Owls 2020, just four months later than expected!
We are conscious of the costs that come along with planning to attend our festival and the amount of organisation you all put in to come and spend the weekend with us. We want to ensure we plan the festival at a date that gives it the best chance of actually happening.
With the current situation we are all in, we don’t feel in anyway confident that will be a possibility in early October.
So, book it in kids, we can’t wait to see you all back at Stuart Park in the Gong shakin’ your booty to Australia’s finest whilst soaking up the ocean air!
Our line-up is locked and loaded, and will be dropping soon, subscribe to the newsletter www.yoursandowlsfestival.com.auand follow our socials to be the first to know.
Stay safe, see you on the flip side of social distancing!
Yours and Owls xx
HOCKEY DAD “ALIVE AT THE DRIVE IN”
Posted on May 26, 2020
Hockey Dad have broken out of lock-down and are returning to the stage in a way that is unlike anything that has ever been done before. Despite gig and concert restrictions, there is no stopping the duo who have found a way to put on a Hockey Dad once in life-time event. “Alive At The Drive-In” will be a zombie apocalypse style event that will take place on Friday July 31 at Bulli Showground in bloody Wollongong, for one night only.
After escaping a top secret Windang laboratory, fans have a rare chance to join these morbid mutants as they launch their brand new album BRAIN CANDY in gory glory live in full for the first time including their terrifying hits ‘I Missed Out’, ‘Itch’ and ‘In This State’.
No need to be afraid, fans will experience the event in a similar vein to a drive-in movie theatre and watch from the comfort and safety of their own car with audio blasted via FM radio broadcast. The initiative will be in full compliance with the state’s public health act and the only exception of leaving a car, is for toilet breaks. All ticketing will be done by ghosts at the venue, not really, but tickets will remain completely contactless.
Horrifyingly, very limited tickets will be available and 400 x car spots are able to enter this morbidly insane event, so get in quick. Tickets can be purchased here and doors will be open from 6PM to those who dare to enter.
Hockey Dadare ecstatic about being able to play their new album live to their fans on release day and share: “It’s super exciting to be able to play a show again. The drive-in aspect will make it such a new experience for everybody. The fact we can bring back live music in this way is so cool. It’s a mixture of old school entertainment crossed with a weird futuristic apocalypse vibe.”
Tickets will include a Hockey Dad “Alive At The Drive-In” exclusive poster with artwork by Reid McManus and a ghoulish goodie bag chocked full of exclusive Hockey Dad treats.
Supporting Hockey Dad will be Wollongong band, The Pinheads.Known for their chaotic, energetic, and unforgettable live performances, The Pinheads have played to audiences in the UK, EU as well as the US, and packed out shows across Australia. The five, sometimes six piece, released their second LP ‘Is This Real’ mid last year, and have been back in their home studio, titled ‘The Shed’, working on their next body of work. “Alive at the drive-in” will also hold additional surprises that are not yet announced and will need to be seen to be believed.
Featuring on the big screen at the event will be the epic surf doco Rage 3 in all its guts and glory. Rage 3 was filmed over a year through Australia and Indonesia, we stacked up 6TB of clips and boiled all the hammers down into this film.
Hockey Dad injects a blend of raw energy and loveable irreverence into their dynamic, sun-drenched pop. The band recently released their energetic new single ‘In This State’ listen here. Their upcoming album Brain Candy, will be released on July 31 via BMG. The album is produced by John Goodmanson (Death Cab, Sleater-Kinney, Wolf Parade).
What are the chances of surviving a Hockey Dad zombie apocalypse? Find out, get tickets here.
Tickets on sale this Thursday 28th May – 9AM on sale
YOURS & OWLS RELEASE LIMITED EDITION WASH YOUR HANDS MERCH.
Posted on May 6, 2020
The ‘Wash Your Hands’ limited edition range couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re stoked to have joined *sanitised hands* With Adelaide based Unkrainian born artist Ira Gontcharov the face behind ‘Sweet Crumb Design’. PRE ORDER runs for two weeks, so you have until Wednesday May 20th 5pm to snatch one up yourselves.
“I wanted to create an image that was aesthetically pleasing, as well as a reminder to have a good scrub. My hands have never been as clean as they have been in 2020, and I hope to keep this habit up in the future.”
Yours & Owls launch ‘Owl Capone’s’ A new home delivery service for all your party needs (music & alcohol).
Posted on April 22, 2020
INTRODUCING OWL CAPONE’S A new home delivery service for all your party needs (music & alcohol) BE ONE OF THE FIRST 50 ORDERS & YOU’LL RECEIVE A FREE 3-TIN-MYSTERY-PACK! Stuck at home? Getting bored? No worries. Meet Owl Capone’s, the newest project from the Yours & Owls crew that will get you sorted with everything you need to stay home and keep the party alive! Music and booze! Knowing that a cheeky beverage is best paired with your favourite band we have decided to team up with a different local artist every fortnight to help bring the good times to you whilst continuing to support the creative community at the same time. Each fortnight there’ll be free merch items from the feature band as well as weekly packages and bonus items when you spend over a certain amount, with 50% of profits for the fortnight going direct to the band or artist! Ranging a selection of beer, wine, cider & spirits.
All orders will receive a free feature band & Owl Capone’s sticker. All orders above $150 will receive a free feature band t-shirt. Each feature band will be chosen from the Wollongong / Illawarra region who are doing some really exciting stuff and would benefit from the partnership. If you are, or know a band who you think would benefit from this then tag the band accounts in any @owlcapones social posts to put them into contention.
50% of profits of fortnightly profits will go directly to the feature band! So you can keep supporting the creative community gig or no gig.
Owl Capone’s is a same day home delivery service for all your drinks & party needs and we’re live right now! So hop online, grab your favourite bevvy and maybe stumble across some new favourite tunes. VISIT OWL CAPONE’S HERE!
TOTTY may call themselves a “Shed Rock” band, but they’ve become much more than that since forming in 2017. After releasing singles “RIFF” and “SIGH” from their trusty shed, TOTTY were quickly taken on tour by acts like Ruby Fields and Skegss and signed to Ratbag Records. TOTTY released their debut EP “Cut The Poppies” in 2018, with lead single “Uncomfortable” receiving high rotation on Triple J and quickly being adde d to tastemaker playlists on Spotify. After sold out national tours with Slowly Slowly and Hockey Dad 2019 has shown no signs of slowing down for the trio either, with their single “Lucky” quickly being added to rotation on Triple J and hitting the road with Skegss on their national tour taking on theatres like the Enmore, Forum, Thebarton and Fortitude Valley Music Hall. Finishing 2019 touring nationally with Falls Festival, Kelly, Chris and Angus have a big 2020 to come starting with a national Dune Rats tour and releasing their ep “Garden.
LUKE KIDGELL IS ON THE RUN! AND HE’S HEADING TO KAMRBI ANU & UOW UNIBAR THIS MAY!
Posted on February 18, 2020
Now with 3 National Tours under his belt Luke Kidgell has amassed, over 500,000 fans online, a national radio show and two of the most popular comedy podcasts in the country. It’s almost unfair that his body is a work of art, due to countless hours of grinding in the world gym. It is undeniable that Luke Kidgell is one of the biggest and most physically elite comedy entertainers in the country. The man is a rare specimen, on and off the stage. However this year Luke’s life was turned upside down. While writing this new show, he went and tried some new jokes at comedy clubs and what happened next would change his career forever. He straight up killed… like murdered, even harder than he usually does. And now he is on the run! Wanted for arson, for lighting up various comedy venues around the country with jokes so killer that he had to become a fugitive. So don’t miss out on seeing this renegade, before he gets locked up, because in 2020, Luke Kidgell is officially On The Run.
SPACEY JANE TO PLAY SHOWS IN WOLLONGONG & CANBERRA!
Posted on February 18, 2020
Pardon the pun, but it’s fair to say that Spacey Jane’s recent rise has been of the meteoric variety. For relatively new kids on the block, the four piece from Fremantle have had a very impactful start, clocking up nearly 10million streams and garnering huge support from industry and fans alike. In 2019, Spacey Jane nabbed a J Award Unearthed Artist of the Year nomination and undertook three completely sold out tours of Australia, with the most recent run taking in New Zealand. Over the last 18 months, festivals have been pounding on their door too, with Spacies taking to the stage at Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Yours and Owls, BIGSOUND and Wave Rock Weekender. They’ve started 2020 with a bang – January saw “Good For You” voted #80 in triple j’s highly coveted Hottest 100 countdown. February sees them joining the likes of The 1975 and Charlie XCX on the Laneway Festival national tour. With a debut album in the works and heaps of exciting news to come, it’s definitely onwards and upwards for Spacey Jane
The Murlocs are Ambrose Kenny-Smith (vocals/harmonica), Matt Blach (drums), Cook Craig (bass), Cal Shortal (guitar) and Tim Karmouche (keys). Sharing members across King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Crepes, ORB and Baked Beans, ‘Uncle Murl’ as they’ve been affectionately dubbed, set themselves apart for their signature blend of old-world rhythm, blues and psychedelia, bolstered by the unmistakable vocals and harmonica breakdowns of Kenny-Smith.
‘Forged in their homelands of Victoria’s Surf Coast near Geelong in 2011, across the course of two EPs, four albums, and a dynamic presence on the live circuit, The Murlocs have established themselves as a much-loved staple of the international psych and garage scene. Having sold out headline tours all across the USA, UK, Europe and Australia. Uncle have also shared stages in support of The Pixies, Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall, Stephen Malkmus and Gary Clarke Jr., and have made appearances at festivals such as Gizzfest, Splendour In The Grass, Austin Psych Fest, Meredith Music Festival and Boogie.’
MELBOURNE, AU (Jan 17, 2020) – KINGSWOOD are back, baby. Following on from the release of singles ‘Say You Remember’ and ‘You Make It So Easy’ in 2019, the Melbourne four-piece kick off 2020 with the announcement of their long awaited third studio album Juveniles and the latest single, the intoxicating ‘Bittersweet’. Along with the reveal of new music, Kingswood also unveil new 20+ Australian tour, kicking off in Victoria in March before travelling nationally through April, May and June.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am Wednesday, 22 January.My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Monday, January 20 until 10am Wednesday, January 22.
Kingswood’s forthcoming Australian tour dates will be the first opportunities for fans to hear Juveniles presented in all its glory. A dynamic force on stage, the ARIA nominated group has enjoyed strong success on the road in Australia and abroad, with a tour history that counts tours with AC/DC and Aerosmith, festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Groovin The Moo; and multiple sold out tours across the country as proud achievements. The journey towards the release of “Juveniles” has been one paved creative reinvention. Throughout the album, fans can piece together definitive elements of music that has formed Kingswood’s dynamic musical identity over the course of six years of relentless touring and recording. ‘Bittersweet’ shines as a tight example of the band’s love
for guitar-driven rock music; some may say it aligns itself strongly with the music of “Microscopic Wars”, however looking more broadly at Kingswood’s body of work, the progressions and stylistic arrangement of the band’s latest represents their genre-diverse tapestry of individual music tastes.
Melodically rich and delivered with the punch 2017’s “After Hours”, “Close To Dawn” became synonymous with, ‘Bittersweet’ is Kingswood at their unfiltered best. It’s a temperament that Kingswood applied to “Juveniles” as a whole. Embracing creative chaos has led the band to make music that has refused to be pigeonholed over the last handful over years, and it’s the way they like it. “‘Bittersweet’ was originally inspired by the love story of one of our dearest friends. Without going into detail, a medical issue put a question mark over their future, but without blinking they forged on together, overcome with love and companionship. The opening line, “There’s no love on this earth that isn’t bittersweet”, is a truth that we should all remember as we paddle through the waves.” Fergus Linacre
A truly global record, Kingswood’s new music came to fruition across multiple writing and recording sessions across the US, UK and Europe. Through it all, the dynamic between chief songwriters Alex Laska and Fergus Linacre strengthened and diversified in personal – as well as combined – style and delivery. Working with frequent collaborator and producer Eddie Spear in their second home of Nashville, the record was an emotional one to solidify. “The album we’re finally presenting was an incredibly long and winding investigation through many different facets and avenues; almost a rediscovery, if you will, of who we are and what we find inspiring.” Alex Laska
PRAISE FOR KINGSWOOD “Fusing the sprinklings of Queen’s rock bravado in with the leather-clad swagged out rock of Queens of The Stone Age, and you’ve got a rough image of where Kingswood sit in this new chapter of theirs.”
Triple J “Jam-packed with slick riffage, stadium rock bravado and straight-up delicious falsetto set to the backdrop of a band clearly who call no man ‘Sir’.”
ToneDeaf “Kingswood gives you a little something extra – it makes your body move, your fists clench, and your shoulders pull back as your hands itch to drum along on the dashboard.”
Heavy Mag 2020 heralds a new, definitive chapter for the band. A chapter built on strong songwriting, fun and energy drawn from a more matured sense of musical identity, Kingswood are ready to kick into 2020. Hard. “You know how people say, ‘Someone needs to save rock and roll?’ – we’re putting our hands up. Fuck it, we’ll do it. Why not?” Alex Laska
DZ Deathrays are a band that started out playing house parties, and have ended up as oneof the most recognizable and loved rock acts in modern Australian music. It’s not every daythat a band gets stronger and more popular with time, but that’s exactly what’s happenedover the 10 years they’ve been thrashing outsongs. Founding members Shane Parsons andSimon Ridley have had a world of experiences, as the band has released three records, wontwo ARIA Awards, toured the world countless times, have supported The Foo Fighters onstadium tours, and have even collaborated with a Wiggle. Their songs are beloved by theirfans, with two tracks having made it into triple j’s Hottest 100. They’ve been festival-favourites in Australia, having performed multiple times at Splendour In The Grass, FallsFestival, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and others. A DZ Deathrays live show is somethingyou can never forget; with axeman Lachlan Ewbank ruling the guitar drones, and an eye-melting light show that washes over your senses, it’s no wonder they’ve been headliningrooms as big as TheTivoli, the Metro and the Forum. With 2019 comes new music yet again,because with these guys, the party never dies.