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New Years Day of Dance set to ring in 2020 for The gong – playing WIN entertainment centre, January 1

Posted on October 16, 2019

Following the previously SOLD OUT dance editions featuring Claptone (Day of Dance) and Patrick Topping (Night of Dance), the gong’s premier pump purveyors present the biggest event to date on New Year’s Day in our very own backyard.

SECRET HEADLINER TBA;

REBŪKE; PATRICE BÄUMEL; LOODS; FRANCIS XAVIER; SVETA; UNKNOWN ASSOCIATES; ASHLEIGH MILINKOVIC; AMY HUDSON

Tickets: $86.51 incl. bf – here

Beach goth underground icons bring their latest LP ‘A Natural Affair’ down to the Southern Hemisphere – playing uow unibar, January 10

Posted on October 16, 2019

Icons of the Los Angeles underground The Growlers announce their return to our golden coast this Summer for their biggest run of Australian shows to date.

The twelve-date tour which celebrates the release of the bands sixth studio album Natural Affair (Out October 25) is destined to be a travelling circus of colour, movement and sound all the way down the East Coast stopping in most big centres and surf breaks across QLD, NSW and VIC. The beach goths will land in Wollongong on January 10th.

Let’s just come out and say it: The Growlers are the biggest band you’ve never heard of. Longtime icons of the Los Angeles underground music scene and fan favorites the world over, the band managed to fly under the radar of mainstream attention while building a passionate following that rivals some of the biggest acts on the festival circuit…until now.

The band is thrilled to present Natural Affair, the new full-length studio LP to be released October 25, 2019, on their very own Beach Goth Records and Tapes. On Natural Affair, The Growlers (led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor) advance their swampy aesthetic into a sturdier, synthier, dancier sound, bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.

Tickets: $54.70 incl. bf – here

Ain’t that swell surf podcast to bring live show to wollongong with the ‘are you keeeeding me!?’ tour – at uow unibar, november 9

Posted on October 16, 2019

Big Apachee and Billabong presents

AIN’T THAT SWELL SURF PODCAST – LIVE!
THE ARE YOU KEEEEDING ME?! EAST COAST TOUR

Are you keeeeding me?! Hell no! Ain’t That Swell is once again hitting the highway, announcing a second run of shows that will visit some of the most core-lordish surf zones on the Australian East Coast!

On the back of their sold out UP THE SWELLIANS Tour in April this year, the little Aussie surf podcast that has now turned into a global phenomenon will once again be roping in World Champions, freesurfing icons, underground hellmen and women, as well as an assortment of shred heads, waxheads, kooks and barneys, for a night of surf entertainment the likes of which have never been seen.

Says ATS Host Jed Smivvy Smith: “The tour earlier this year featured some of the most outrageous surf stories I’ve ever heard from the biggest legends in the game. We had Kelly Slater doing Occy impersonations, Occy talking about how to surf Bells, Joel Parkinson sharing the yarn about losing his driver’s licence doing burnouts in the Snapper Rocks carpark, Richie Lovett and Bob Bain melting people’s brains with their tale about surviving an actual tsunami. I mean, it magic stuff that you just don’t get to see or hear in any other space. And the plan this time around is to do more of the same, but turn the dial even harder so that the Swellians (our audience) get access to shit that’s never been heard.”

Adds co host Vaughan Deadly: “The ATS live show is full of comedy, music, incredible story-telling and has a general irreverence the likes of which have I have never experienced in 25 years in the surf media game. The energy of the room is absolutely amazing and I think that’s because our listeners (The Swellians) are passionate surfers who know their shit. Our guests, whether it’s Kelly Slater or Taj Burrow or Mark Occhilupo can feel that, and so they open right up and tell it straight which makes for amazing stories and laughs. Also, I think this tour will be even better because than the last time around because we really had no idea what we were doing haha!”

Tickets: $24.54 incl. bf – here

Night of Dance to make spectacular return with SET Mo, K.I.M., Tees and more – playing Uow unibar, november 23

Posted on October 16, 2019

Following the previously SOLD OUT dance editions featuring Claptone (Day of Dance) and Patrick Topping (Night of Dance), the gong’s premier pump
purveyors present the latest, live performance edition, featuring;

SET MO (LIVE WOLLONGONG DEBUT SHOW)

K.I.M (The Presets) – DJ Set

TEES + more TBA

Those who were lucky enough to experience the sound and lighting production at previous events can concur that no corners are cut in the Day/Night of Dance dedications. This will again raise the bar of a renowned reputation.

Tickets: $39.90 incl. bf – here

homegrown Post-hardcore outfit The Amity affliction to tour ‘All My Friends Are Dead’ single to Wollongong – playing UOW Unibar, January 24

Posted on October 16, 2019

Off the back of their huge East Coast capitol city tour and the release of their massive new single ‘ All My Friends Are Dead ‘ The Amity Affliction have announced they will be hitting regional Australia and Adelaide for the first time since 2017, due to hit Wollongong on January 24th.

The band will be bringing Odd Worlders Ocean Grove and New Zealand’s Own Antagonist AD*, plus local supports TBA.

Tickets: $64.83 incl. bf – here

Indie-rockers from out west Spacey Jane bring their ‘Head Cold’ single tour to the east coast – playing uow unibar, december 4

Posted on October 16, 2019

Having just finished an entirely sold out lap of Australia, WA’s indie-rock darlings Spacey Jane are embarking on another huge tour without a moments’ hesitation. In support of their newest single “Head Cold”, they’ll be playing some of their biggest headline shows EVER in Australia.

Strike while the iron is hot, they reckon, and right now it’s absolutely scorching. The last six months alone has seen the group net significant triple j airplay and quickly become a festival favourite. This year, they’ve played Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, BIGSOUND and Wave
Rock Weekender and have been recently announced on Yours & Owls and Laneway 2020. It’s clear things are looking up for Spacey Jane.

Joining them at most shows will be highly esteemed SASAMI (US) – a recent Domino signee and certified legendary figure in the Los Angeles music scene, and Newcastle slacker-rock heroes VACATIONS.

Get your tickets now!

Tickets: $24.54 incl. bf – here

Newtown punk outfit SCABZ to bring ‘Feel Good Summer’ tour down to the Gong – playing uow unibar, November 27

Posted on October 16, 2019

Newtown’s self-proclaimed shittest band are a driving force behind Australia’s punk scene. Over the past 12 months SCABZ have toured relentlessly, joining Skeggs on the ‘My Own Mess’ tour in between their own mammoth regional jaunts for singles ‘Starting Line’ and ‘Brett Lee’s Got No I.D (And He Can’t Get Into World Bar).’

SCABZ are just as comfortable heckling old mates at a country pub as they are at a festival. With standout appearances at Yours And Owls, Pool House Party, Mountain Sounds (rip) Festival of the Sun and Bad Friday proving they can be politically charged, grating and funny as ever regardless of the stage.

SCABZ provide direct and unapologetic protest in the Mike Baird-defying ‘Locked Out’ next to cowbell-doused tales of chasing tipsy smooches in ‘Beach Song’ with ease. Their newer releases are a testament to SCABZ technical and expressive growth. With guitarist and vocalist Siobhan Poynton’s increasingly thrilling style of guitar playing; SCABZ are closing in on a full, reckless and energetic sound that no other act in Australia can match.

Tickets: $12.78 incl. bf – here

PARTYWITHAPURPOSE

Posted on September 30, 2019

AFTERPARTIES

Posted on September 30, 2019

Still feel like kicking on once the festival is over each day? Never fear, we got you covered with a couple of after parties to keep you going well into the early hours of the morning – keep an eye on the Yours & Owls socials for further info!

Details below:

Saturday October 5 – From 10pm-3am
Venue – Pepes

Sunday October 6 – From 9pm-Midnight
Venue – Hotel Illawarra

EXPERIENCES

Posted on September 30, 2019

To make sure you get the most out of your festival experience, there will be a whole range of unique on-site activities to keep you entertained all weekend long.

If you’re a footy fanatic or just ready to enjoy some good old-fashioned shouting at a big screen, you’re in luck! The Jeb Taylor Hotel is where you need to be. A fully-fledged beer garden with Coopers on tap and a big screen TV with full coverage of the NRL Grand Final featuring Two-Man Tackle commentators and a DJ set by FullCredit.
Banter & tunes from 6.30pm with the Roosters vs The Raiders NRL grand final kicking off at 7.30pm

Head on over to Octopus Gardens and quench your thirst at the Pirate themed cocktail bar and picnic area featuring bevs from Captain Morgan’s, Coopers on tap, Batlow cider and specialty cocktails.
Enjoy the food market, take a chill and relax in the garden under the tentacles of the giant octopus.

Loosen the limbs and rediscover the inner child in Mother’s Ball Pit or check out leading men’s and women’s fashion store Edge Clothing, who will be providing a full range of festival pieces and accessories.