Bringing in its fourth year of LIFE will be the biggest party yet. An outdoor all day mini music festival that will showcase of one of the biggest lineups of Aussie bands ever to hit Wollongong. Accompanied by some mind-altering art, projection displays and a killer outdoor location (right by the beach) this is set to be the most exciting and elaborate Yours & Owls event yet. Seriously do yourself a favor and join the revolution; this is what the leisure coast is all about. Chillin’ & dreamin’.
Presented by Coopers, Sailor Jerry, De Bortoli Wines, 2 Step cider & The Illawarra Mercury.
The Lineup (in alphabetical order)
Owl Trivia djs
It was four years ago that three young and quite possibly naïve ‘business men’ (we use the term loosely) from the northern suburbs got together and opened their idea of what they thought Wollongong should be.
Wollongong didn’t have the sort of nightlife they wanted. So growing tired of that last/first train home, south from the city and the other mundanity that Wollongong’s “Night Life” supposedly had on offer, they decided it was time to open something new and different and a little closer to home. It was a moment of ignorant bliss in its truest form and from it; something honest and beautiful was born. Yours & Owls. An art gallery café, come dive bar music venue.
Knowing nothing about business or the necessity for punctuality & routine in a service based industry the boys jumped straight and in a bumbled mess slowly made their way into what is now known across the country as one of the finest small live music venues in Australia. Whilst Y&O did manage to stay open and survive those all telling formative years, it wasn’t without its fair (or unfair) share of ups & downs and controversy… We have the newspaper articles and a justfully thrown out court case to prove it ☺
Four years on and Wollongong’s nightlife has certainly evolved. Yours & Owls morphed into RAD and took on a new role, a whole swag of new bars opened up, there’s more music and art and the city is beginning to feel culturally alive again. Most importantly however, is that Yours & Owls is still going and doing its best to do what it does and proverbially chill to some good live tunes. So come join us down by the beach and enjoy some great live bands, art, tasty food and a nice cold beverage to wash it all down.
Saturday October 4, 2pm at Stuart park North Wollongong.
Tix on sale August 1 through
$37+bf General public
Would like to thank our sponsors and local community supporters for being amazing & helping this project occur.
De Bortoli Wines
2 Step cider
The Illawarra Mercury
The Little Prince
King Gizzard // Walking Who // Day Ravies // Grease Arrestor // Miners || Presented by Farmer & The Owl - The first of many outdoor events.
This is shaping up to be a super special outdoor party that you dont want to miss.
Tickets available through Music Farmers or Yours & Owls website - www.yoursandowls.com.au
Pretty cool little show on feb 4 with
Cass McCombs (Playing Laneway)
Tickets available HERE or at Music Farmers
This Friday @ our new haunt "Beachbar // Splashes"
tix available here - http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/yoursandowls/event/view/7558
Heres a cool clip of how the first of what is hopefully many Farmer & The Owl music festivals to come.
Filmed & edited by Laww Media
Song - "How to see through the fog" by The Drones.
Tickets on sale now from Music Farmers, Unishop, Stillwater Haze or online:
Oztix - http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=37527
Bigtix - http://www.bigtix.com.au/products/761-the-farmer-the-owl.aspx
Yours & Owls and Music Farmers are proud to announce the final musical line up for the inaugural staging of The Farmer & The Owl which is happening across four stages at the University of Wollongong on Saturday November 23rd.
With its niche line-up and a complimentary focus on visual art, the festival is looking to appeal to a more culturally hungry audience nationwide. To cement “The Farmer & The Owl’s” boutique festival status and appeal to that hunger in a more literal sense, a carefully chosen line-up of foodie treats will be available as well as an indie label market.
The full line up of music for the day has now been announced:
The best rock ‘n’ roll music is music that moves your heart and engages your mind. Its music that commands your attention, which demands that you engage with it and listen to what it has to say. It’s music that matters. It’s music like The Drones. Riding high on the back of their album ‘I See Seaweed, released earlier this year, along with spots on Splendour In The Grass and the upcoming Harvest Festivals, we are extremely excited to host for the first time ever in Wollongong, The Drones!
Dappled Cities celebrated their 10th anniversary with the release of their 4th studio album ‘Lake Air’. Forming as school friends, the band have become one of Australia’s most critically respected artists. Dappled Cities have been nominated for, or accepted, most major industry awards including ARIA, AIR and AMP awards, and the band’s cult-like live success has allowed them the privilege of taking their music to the World. Dappled Cities have collaborated or toured with everyone from LCD Soundsystem to silverchair. Wolfmother to TV On The Radio. They are now ready to embark on another Australian tour in November that includes a stop off in Wollongong for The Farmer &and The Owl event.
Known for their mind-blowing live show, The Laurels have shared stages and tours with the likes of The Black Angels, Swervedriver, Low, Tame Impala, Dead Meadow and A Place To Bury Strangers to name but a few. With the release of their excellent album ‘Plains’ last year on the Rice Is Nice label, and US tour earlier this year to play Austin’s Psych Fest, the band now make a long awaited trip back to Wollongong.
Originally from Byron Bay and now based in Sydney, 2013 has been a big year for Glass Towers. On the back of their debut album ‘Halcyon Days’ which scored Triple J album of the week and strong reviews in Drum Media and Rolling Stone, the four piece have played shows across Australia in support of bands such as The Kooks and Maximo Park.
New Zealand’s Surf City release their second album ‘We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This’ in October, it continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of Animal Collective. The band are back in Australia for a limited run of shows including a stop off in Wollongong for the event.
With a brand new album ‘The Bright Door’ ready to drop via Spunk Records on October 11th, Machine Translations appearance at The Farmer & The Owl will be somewhat of a home coming for J Walker. The multi-instrumentalist who is now Melbourne based spent plenty of years writing and recording at his former home in Wollongong’s northern suburbs.
Having only ever played one show prior to this year, 2013 has been a big one for Shining Bird, the Austinmer group signed to Spunk Records for the release of their debut album ‘Leisure Coast’ and have toured the east coast of Australia regularly since. With festival appearances scheduled for Newtown Festival and Melbourne Music Week also in November, we are excited to have them a bit closer to home for The Farmer & The Owl.
Harmony coast through verse, chorus and coda like a tropical cyclone. Their sound is a mongrel concoction of gallows, blues and balladry, but offset by a glorious three part gospel vocal ensemble, that lifts the songs out of the dark and into thrilling, yet haunting territory. Featuring Tom Lyngcoln(The Nation Blue), Alex Kastaniotis and Jon Chapple (McLusky), Harmony simmer down all the intensity of their previous ensembles into a simple, brooding and understated heartbreaker mode, while Amanda Roff (Ukeladies), Quinn Veldhuis and Maria Kastaniotis tear the arrangements apart with sweet reprise.
MOTHER & SON
Wollongong’s own Mother & Son exploded on to many people’s radar with the release of their debut album in 2011. They backed up the release with constant touring both in Australia and Europe along with festival spots such as Dig It Up and Boogie. While taking most of 2013 to concentrate on other projects, the duo will return to home territory to play The Farmer and The Owl.
There aren’t enough terms in the dictionary to describe the music of Day Ravies. ‘Shoegaze’, ‘Dream-Pop’, ‘Jangle’ – call it what you will, the Sydney-based quartet are masters at creating shimmering pop music that captures the youthful spirit of the 90s, peppered with a distinct slice of modern imagination. With an album just about to drop on the Popfrenzy label, we welcome Day Ravies to Wollongong for this event.
THE NEW CHRISTS
Legendary Sydney outfit The New Christs feature Radio Birdman members Rob Younger(vocals) and Jim Dickson(bass) as well as Celibate Rifles drummer Paul Larsen. Since the early eighties they have forged their own identity as The New Christs touring Europe many times and releasing several critically acclaimed albums. The band are now gearing up to release a brand new album in early 2014 and their appearance at The Farmer & The Owl will give local fans the chance to hear some new tracks as well as relive some classics.
Sharing members with You Am I, Cabins and Straight Arrows, Treatment have spent a chunk of this year in the tour van, most notably touring across Europe with grunge legends Mudhoney who they also shared a split 7” release with. The four piece will bring their brand of garage rock to Wollongong for the first time.
Los Tones are a rapidly rising Sydney garage quartet formed just earlier this year and featuring members of Mother & Son and La Mancha Negra. Influenced by the likes of The Sonics and The Standells the band have already made an impact on the Sydney scene with regular live shows and plenty of air play on FBi.
THE WALKING WHO
Wollongong’s own psychedelic rock band The Walking Who have just released their brand new ep ‘Mansions’, a tribute to the famed house where band members resided, rehearsed and recording over a number of years. With strong support from FBi and Triple J, a Bigsound appearance and regular tours through the year, the band are heading back to their home town for this event.
Trust Punks are five straight, white, cis-gendered males from Auckland, New Zealand. Formed in January 2013, their mélange of searing guitar noise, intricate song arrangements and three-part harmonies has seen them quickly become a prominent fixture on bills throughout New Zealand. Having opened for acts such as King Tuff, The Wedding Present and Surf City, and recently completing their first New Zealand tour, ‘The Farmer and the Owl’ signals Trust Punks’ first date of their inaugural tour of Australia.
You beauty is the the new pop concoction of Mere Women, Absolute Boys and Hira Hira. With three of the four members previously belonging Ohana, arguably (one of) the best band(s) to have come from Wollongong, ever. Based in Sydney and Melbourne, the band have been together for 6 months with a debut record due out in November. Farmer & The Owl will be their first Wollongong show.
We’ll also be using the day to showcase some of the best young local upcoming artists in the area including D’Luna, Nuclear Family, Hockey Dad, Nuns and Scarborough. The fourth stage will be an acoustic stage featuring Blackie (Hard Ons), Lyall Moloney, Jack & Elmo, Rhys Scoular, Will Chittick and Shelley May Evans.
The art aspect will include sculpture, live street art, light projection/installation and some 3D projection mapping. It will provide an amazing visual backdrop perfectly complimenting the sonic talent. There will also be an indie label market featuring some of the best stores and labels from around the area.
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