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Yours & Owls 2016 tickets on sale today!

by OutInWollongong 20 June 2016

Listen up party legends, it’s time to plan your road trip down south! Yours & Owls festival will be taking place over the NSW Labour Day long weekend (1 and 2 October), across two sun-soaked days at Stuart Park near the North Wollongong Beach.

The festival is back and bigger and better in 2016 and as promised, it comes with a stellar lineup. This year its beautiful beach-side Wollongong location will play host to a crew of impressive international artists alongside a-list of all-star local legends.

You spoke and they listened, this year Y&O will be running across two main stages and the site will be expanded to create a breezy, comfortable space to give you all even more room to bust a move.

Tickets are on sale today, but if this line-up is anything to go by they’re sure to go even quicker than last year.

As tradition, Y&O will also host a collection of mind-blowing art, visual projections and film, plus a great selection of food, drink, and booze.


Antwon (USA) * Ball Park Music * Bec Sandridge * The Belligerents * Big Scary * Black Mountain (CAN) * Bleached (USA) * Chastity Belt (USA) * Client Liaison * The Coathangers (USA) * COG * DMA’s * The Hard Aches * Hermitude * Hockey Dad * Kilter * KLP * Ladyhawke * Little May * The Living End * Nicole Millar * Pinheads * PUP (CAN)* Remi * Sampa The Great * Skeggs * The Sonics * Stonefield * TEES * Thelma Plum * Tired Lion * Tkay Maidza * Totally Unicorn * Vera Blue

Hermitude will be the little devil on your shoulder at this year’s Y&O festival! 2016 has already seen the Sydney duo voted at #8 on triple j’s Hottest 100 chart with single The Buzz, before playing to sell out crowds on the international Laneway tour. But it was 2015 that was the Sydney duo’s biggest year to date, owing it all to ARIA #1 album Dark Night Sweet Light, a sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand, not to mention a headline tour of the US, plus festival appearances at SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza and a not-too-shabby total of seven ARIA nominations.

Ladyhawke, yet another Kiwi we love to claim as our own, hit the big time with her self-titled 2008 crossover album that spawned radio hits Paris Is Burning and My Delirium. Now in 2016, she returns this month with a new LP Wild Things, and along with it brand-spankin’ new bangers, like A Love Song live at Y&O!

You may know her name from featuring on Peking Duk’s ARIA Award winning #1, triple platinum selling single High, which also reached #2 on triple j’s Hottest 100. Yet, 2016 is set to be the year Nicole Millar makes her mark as a solo artist, with the release of her second single Tremble, from her forthcoming debut EP. After cutting her touring chops with the likes of Peking Duk, RÜFÜS and The Kite String Tangle, Nicole will be rocking out at Y&O with her newly revealed three-piece band.

After winning last years’ Y&O’s triple j Unearthed comp, Stanwell Park local Bec Sandridge is an official starter on this year’s festival line-up. Fast forward five years after a chance encounter with musician Passenger while in Edinburgh, Bec has released four EP’s, including her debut into experimental pop In The Fog, In The Flame. Continuing her migration from folk to self-proclaimed ‘spaghetti disco pop’, Bec has also released her cheeky new single You’re a Fucking Joke.

OutInWollongong got the chance to chat to Sandbridge about all things music and what she is looking forward to most about kicking off the festivities.

What are you excited for most about being in the line-up for Yours & Owls this year?
There's a lot of trendy people on the bill. I'm really excited to see DMA's live and Big Scary.

What are you looking forward to most about playing in your hometown?
Hopefully some of my friends and family will come down for a boogie to make me less nervous. Everyone must see my mum boogie. That will be an exciting spectacle and something that I somewhat look forward to.

Describe the music genre, 'spaghetti disco pop' for those who have no idea what it is.
I guess there are some spaghetti western punk-y guitars, definitely some disco drums in there and the songs are definitely little pop rockets at heart. 

Which acts are you personally looking forward to seeing at the festival?
DMAS, Big Scary and also my label family (TEES, Hockey Dad and Pinheads).

What's your take on the music scene in Wollongong?
I think it's definitely moving/happening, slowly but surely! Things are starting to pop up and I feel like we (with the help of people like Farmer & The Owl) are getting put on the map a bit more. I feel optimistic about Wollongong's scene future.

Where are your favourite places to go see gigs in the area?
I played at Sifters recently and that was really cool. Also Helter Smelter.

For tickets or more info, visit www.yoursandowls.com.au

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