Yours & Owls Festival 2021
A MESSAGE FROM FESTIVAL PROMOTERS
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 any way 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.
Stay safe, see you on the flip side of social distancing!
***Update as at 15 July 2020***
Please welcome your class of 2021…….
Tones And I the one woman, history-making stat collecting, global phenomenon hit machine will be landing in Wollongong to shake the cobwebs from your iso bodies with her infectious pop tunes. Making chart history in 2019 when she became the first artist to spend 24 weeks at #1 on the ARIA singles chart with her global smash ‘Dance Monkey’. It has reached #1 in 30 countries; including a record-breaking run of 11 weeks at #1 in the UK. Has amassed over 7 billion streams, held the #1 spot for the most-streamed song globally for over 4 months, earned 3 x platinum certification in the US, while reaching multiplatinum or diamond certification in fifteen other countries, including 11 x platinum in Australia. Become the most Shazamed song of all time, is now officially one of the highest-streamed songs ever on Spotify. And reached the top 5 in the USA Billboard Hot 100, making it the first top-five Hot 100 hit solely written by a woman in over eight years. She has played for Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga’s Global Citizens concert, we can’t wait for her to hit the stage and lift us into 2021!
19-year-old indie-pop sensation BENEE has played sold-out shows from London to New York, across Australia and in her homeland of New Zealand. People and playlists instantaneously falling in love with her quirky take on the world and sweetly groove-drenched sound. She has a slew of New Zealand Music Awards, supported Lilly Allen, performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Ellen, had three singles in triple j’s 2019 Hottest 100, ‘Glitter’(19), ‘Find And Island’(25) and Evil Spider (51) and had a global hit with ‘Superlonely’ thanks to a viral TikTok dance challenge. All this off the back of two EP releases!
Sydney’s favourite Inner West twins, maestros of the mix-n-match, Cosmo’s Midnight land in the Gong clad with a solid R’n’B sensibility, with a tasteful touch of the heart of house, the purveyors of electronic beats! The duo has curated a unique and distinctive sound that has earned them critical acclaim from all corners of the globe. Leading the helm of a new generation of young Australian producers, Cosmo’s Midnight has become renowned worldwide as the dappled starlight kings of lightheaded and innovative electronic music.
Liam Gallagher’s fav biblical Aussie rock band, DMA’S return to Yours & Owls with sold-out shows at O2 Academy Brixton (5,000 cap) and Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl (8, 000 cap), two ARIA Top 10 albums; 200 million streams; five ARIA Music Award nominations; and an MTV Unplugged session. Platinum record for ‘Delete’ plus Gold discs for ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Step Up The Morphine’. The Sydney trio will have a slew of new anthems to introduce you to with their new LP, The Glow freshly released last week (July 10)!
Hayden James has been winning hearts around the globe with his immense summer house jams and soulful, evocative vocals since he erupted onto the Australian scene in 2013. Co-writing and producing several tracks for global superstar Katy Perry, while touring the globe in 2015. 2018 was a breakout year for Hayden, hits ‘Better Together’ featuring Running Touch and ‘Just Friends’ featuring singer Boy Matthews, (double Platinum boasting over 40 million streams, #15 on triple j’s Hottest 100).
Windang’s favourite descendants Hockey Dad come home to preach their carefree, youthful innocent, sun-drenched pop! With the passing of time, adolescence and two records, the music of lifelong friends Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, was inevitably bound to mature and change with them. As they have since their humble beginnings, playing DIY shows at their local, Rad Bar (RIP), Hockey Dad have exceeded everyone’s expectations, to become the international phenomenon they are today. This is going to be one hell of a homecoming set and we are all for it!
Lime Cordiale’s infectious performances, upbeat, quirky sound, and genuine interactions with their fans have made them one of Australia’s buzziest! From their humble beginnings in 2009 playing house parties and RSL’s across Sydney’s Northern Beaches, to the only act to have four songs under 40 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019. Eleven years, three EPs and one album later, the boys have over 100K followers on Instagram and are playing to wildly enthusiastic crowds across Australia and overseas.
Elton John’s favourite multi-platinum selling, ARIA award-winning electronic gods PNAU, famed for their extensive career born out of the underground clubs and festival dancefloors of Australia. With a catalogue of hits and multiple albums behind them, PNAU have enjoyed a mighty renaissance over the past few years, with multi-platinum hits ‘Go Bang’ and ‘Chameleon’ becoming inescapable on the airwaves in their home country of Australia, winning ARIA Awards for Best Dance Release and climbing the Billboard Dance charts in the US. We look forward to hosting their colourful, electric live show in the Gong!
There are few tales more compelling than the rise of Melbourne’s enigmatic producer, artist and songwriter Running Touch. The elusive and multi-faceted creative has spent the best of the past few years fast cementing himself as not just an incredible musician and performer but forward-thinking visionary in every sense of the word. Through his music, live-show and identity (or lack of thereof) Running Touch has curated a multi-dimensional brand that gives a focus to storytelling through art, performance and music and sits in a realm that is matched by few.
Earlier this year, electro superstar What So Not broke beating beat loving hearts around the world when he announced he was taking a break from music, the success of his debut studio album ‘Not All The Beautiful Things’ (2018) and a subsequent gruelling global tour schedule that saw him do close to 400 shows in three years, had understandably taken a toll. We are stoked that decision was temporary and we welcome his rested, invigorated self to Yours & Owls in Jan!
Sydney-based six-piece Winston Surfshirt has been rapidly winning over fans and industry alike developing a cult-like following thanks to their unique blend of funk, soul and hip-hop – the auditory equivalent of A Tribe Called Quest splitting spliffs with your parent’s favourite band. Spreading joy with their versatile sound on festival stages supports for Australian music icons Midnight Oil to underground warehouse gigs and block parties.
Adding to the festivities of the weekend will be Melbourne alumni six-piece rockers and ARIA #1 recipients The Smith Street Band, pop-punks’ freshest faces Slowly Slowly, indie rock stalwarts Children Collide, Sydney’s pop-punk outfit Stand Atlantic.
Gong alternative OG’s The Vanns, fierce indie-pop Queens Haiku Hands, Western Sydney MC B Wise, Adelaide teenage singer-songwriter sensation George Alice, Logan rap kings No Money Enterprise, sunshine-infused gospel ARIA Award winner Adrian Eagle, punk heavyweights Clowns and rapper Phi11a.
Sydney alternative pop punk outfit Yours Truly, experimental Austinmer collective Shining Bird, Dunedin genre-defying MC Wax Mustang, far North QLD songbird Greta Stanley, SA’s wholesome and loveable duo TOWNS, Melbourne neo-soul, rap, and RnB soloist Jerome Farah, hometown two-piece Cry Club, Tweed Heads hip-hop MC JK-47, Perth working-class poets Verge Collection, reckless Melbourne punks Private Function and nostalgic grunge-pop Canberran’s Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers.
Sonic art duo Party Dozen, eclectic, genre-bending Brisbane six-piece First Beige, the inimitable pop smarts sounds of Gauci, the absurdly brutal theatrics of DREGG, catchy psych outfit Good Lekker,
Western Sydney hardcore group Homesick, Melbourne spacey surf rock trio The Grogans, lush popstars Paradise Club, The Shires country-tinged indie rocker Adam Newling, R&B fused with electronica roots collective BoomChild, Melbourne’s positive power poppers Romero, Brisbane hip electronic pop producer Austen, Darwin alt-rockers DRAFTDAY and Sydney’s e4444e join a raft of local Wollongong legends ripe for discovery!
And don’t forget the full line up for the legendary Das Schmelthaus stage!
BENEE || Tones And I || Cosmo’s Midnight
DMA’S || Hayden James || Hockey Dad
Lime Cordiale || PNAU || Running Touch
What So Not || Winston Surfshirt
The Smith Street Band || Slowly Slowly|| Children Collide
Stand Atlantic || The Vanns || Haiku Hands || B Wise
George Alice || No Money Enterprise || Adrian Eagle || Clowns
Phi11a || Yours Truly || Shining Bird || Wax Mustang
Greta Stanley || TOWNS || Jerome Farah || Cry Club
JK-47 || Verge Collection || Private Function
Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers || Party Dozen || First Beige
Gauci || DREGG || Good Lekker || Homesick || The Grogans
Paradise Club || Adam Newling || BoomChild
Romero || Austen || DRAFTDAY || e4444e
A Place in Prague || Alice and The Bird || Angelo The Poet || Aodhan
Big Twisty and The Funk Nasty || Blackout Fun Club || Champion The Boy || Kitten Heel
LEFT SIDE FILTER || The Nice Folk || The M1 || OK Hotel || Quite Like Pete || Slinky Red
Sloshpit || Solid Effort || Sunset Headrest || Tired Girl || UTI || Year6Disco || Yen Strange
DJ Plead || Jennifer Loveless || K2K || Body Promise || Randy Knuckles
Cove Sound System || Beachcomber || Bobinis
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