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.
2pm – 2.45pm Illawarra Nature Stories and Songs Artists ; Ann Lehmann-Kuit and Lillian Rodrigues-Pang Locally based artist Ann Lehmann-Kuit was inspired by her daughters interest in the local fauna and flora and so was born the idea of Illawarra Nature Stories and Songs. Come along and learn about local bees, crayfish, bandicoot and many more animals and trees through highly engaging and int4eractive stories and songs. This one is fun for children and their adults.
3pm – 3.45pm Super Kenny and Magnificent Manda Super Kenny and Magnificent Manda are a fun filled musical duo who love to sing silly songs and get the kids and adults to sing, dance, move, shake, groove and definitely laugh. With hilarious story songs, audience percussion participation and interactive tunes, get ready to be entertained and join in this energetic, musical and memorable show. What’s your super power?!
4pm – 4.45pm Story Beats Take an internationally acclaimed storyteller and a dynamic talented exuberant percussionist, join them together and you have StoryBeats. Join Lilli Story and Matty Bongo as the clap, stop, drum and create a rhythmic adventure for all.
5pm – 5.45pm Mally Moos Music Mally Moos is known and loved by many little ones, not so little ones and all parents. Ashe has been singing and entertaining pre-schoolers in the region for years. She is joined by Maya for a harmonious, joyous song and dance playful time. Its interactive fun for the whole family.
6pm – 6.45pm Tina Green Round off the day with your very own circus care of Tina Green! She’ll be bringing the magic of the weird and wonderful right to your fingertips..
A SUNNY AFTERNOON HOW TO PAY
Posted on February 25, 2020
Both cards and cash will be accepted at all bars and food vendors at the event.
There will be ATM facilities also available on site should you need to get money out.
A SUNNY AFTERNOON MENU
Posted on February 25, 2020
BALI SPICE MAGIC The Tempeh Queen herself will be taking you on a trip back to island of god, with her traditional magic Balinese cuisine. These flavours will be sure to tantalise your taste buds and having you coming back for more, lucky the multi award winning restaurant is set up right here in Wollongong if the crave is still lingering post festival. MENU IS 70% VEGAN & 90% GF
COCO’s Coco’s specialises in plant based food made to make you feel great! We create all of our products using wholesome ingredients. They will be sure to cover all bases to keep your body happy and fuelled for the weekend. GF & VEGAN AVAILABLE
DELANO COFFEE Delano coffee is a south coast based speciality coffee roaster. They only source speciality coffee that is ethical, sustainable and traceable. They supply cafes up and down the coast and you can visit our roastery & café to see the coffee being roasted and learn more about coffee.
DIEGO’S DONUTS There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh, hot donuts!! Diego’s Donuts will be bringing all of the delicious mini bite size treats for you this year with the classic cinnamon, snowy white powdered or if you are after something a little indulgent Nutella and Strawberries!
GELATISSIMO “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy gelato and that’s kind of the same thing” Australia’s favourite gelato made fresh in store, created with only the freshest ingredients.
SAMARAS Wollongong’s award-winning Mediterranean restaurant and a festival goer favourite -Samara’s, will again be providing us with the Lebanese Street Food goods that are real yummy for your tummy.. GF, VEGO AND DF AVAILABLE
THE GNOCCHI WAY Gorgeously light and pillowy, gnocchi are the Italian’s answer for dumplings. The Gnocchi Way are making gnocchi just the way Nonna does, when specialising in only gnocchi you know its going to be ‘deliziosa!’
TWIST POTATO On of Koreas most popular snacks, Twist Potato are bringing the iconic, twisted, deep fried, potato on a stick to the party with a range of flavours. VEGAN & HALAL
2 SMOKING BARRELS Wollongong’s best American style Barbeques, will be putting in the hard yards to bring you the most juicy, smoky, slow cooked meat your tastebuds have ever had the pleasure of ‘meating’. GF, VEGO & DF OPTIONS AVAILABLE
YANS Yans Asian Cuisine have been bringing you all the authentic & delicious Chinese and Malaysian dishes from the very beginning. GF & VEGAN OPTIONS