Just when you thought this year’s line-up couldn’t get any bigger or better, Yours & Owls Festivalhave added a stack of local talent and DJs over across two new stages into the mix. Punters lucky enough to have secured tickets to the sold out festival can expect a jam-packed weekend of good times and great tunes, as big names and emerging artists from all walks of life take over Wollongong’s Stuart Park on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 September.
On the other end of the scale the Y&O crew have curated the ultimate rave cave line-up, borrowing some of Australia’s best DJs from clubs around the country to create the Das Schmelthause dance stage. Prepare yourselves for a non-stop party featuring intense beats and heavy drops like nothing you’ve ever experienced.
The Local is set to become a mecca for some of the gongs’ most talented and creative artist collectives. From music and poetry slams, to photography, book nooks and workshops (and more), there won’t be a shortage of things to hear, see and do at The Local. Those looking to take a break from the epic party scene will be able to head to The Local to kick back and fully immerse themselves into the Yours & Owls Festival experience.
While tickets to the Yours & Owls Festival have sold out, those that have missed out can catch a handpicked selection of acts at the Yours and Owls All Ages Sideshow.
CHECK OUT THE FULL LINE-UP HERE
DAS SCHMELTHAUS STAGE
*Listed in Alphabetical Order
ADI TOOHEY · AYEBATONYE · CARLA URIATE · CHELSEYDAGGER ·
DELICIOUS CITRUS & AL GORES RHYTHM · JEALOUSING · LANCELOT · LEX DELUXE · PARKSIDE · ROZA TERENZI · THE DOLLAR BIN DARLINGS · TONI YOTZI
TORNADO WALLACE · UNKNOWN ASSOCIATES
Constantly swimming in aural pleasures, you’ll either find Adi Toohey controlling the dancefloor from a Sydney DJ booth, presenting Saturday Sunset on FBi Radio, working in record stores or hosting parties with her Rimbombo crew. Now a graduate headliner, Toohey carved a name opening for the likes of Hunee, Young Marco and The Black Madonna, playing Dark Mofo,Subsonic and Splendour in the Grass festivals and for interstate crews Daydreams, Luxuryand A Love Supreme.
Ayebatonye has long been a fixture within the Sydney club and music scene. Having learnt how to DJ in 2013 whilst working as a door host at the World Bar, Ayebatonye quickly gained residencies at the World Bar and Newtown Hotel as well as gigs at Ted X Sydney and Girl Thing Mardi Pardi, under the moniker Black Magic.
Carla Uriarte was born in the Philippines, grew up in San Francisco, became a woman in Spain and now comfortably resides in Sydney, Australia. Her nomadic nature is reflected in the deep freaky sounds that exit the speakers. Expect an over complicated jolt to the head that will transfer to your body and move into your soul.
Wollongong’s local disco punk disc jockey ChelseyDagger has been a regular at Wollongong events over the last year, including Strawberry Boogie, jacuzzi.stu, Queer AF and PRIDE TIDE. Incorporating the camp and luxury of left field and classic disco alongside gritty DIY punk attitude, she fills dance floors and beer gardens alike.
Jealousing plays all genres, with a focus on disco and disco derivatives, but mainly picks songs that will get you jealousing, either because you don’t have a track ID, or because well-known tune just caused your prospective love interest to run off with that person they told you not to worry about 5 minutes ago. A northern gong’ native, Jealousing facilitated a few parties recently asAnatomy, and maintains an active schedule Youtube DJing at kick-ons across Sydney’s Innerwest.
Lancelot first ventured into dance music while at Sydney’s Conservatory of Music. Mentored by prolific Australian composers such as Michael Smetanin and Nigel Butterley and surrounded by Australia’s most dedicated young classical and jazz performers, he developed an ear for decorative, polyrhythmic composition and the off-kilter sensibility of the swing note. Over the past year, Lancelot has played across the UK, and is one of only a handful of Australians to perform atBoiler Room London. He’s performed at marquee festivals including Dimensions and Secret Garden Party and tours regularly through South East Asia, Australia and North America.
Drawing inspiration from artists far and wide, Lex Deluxe has the ability to travel from genre to genre without breaking the groove. From Chemical Brothers to Todd Terje, Letta Mbulu toPeggy Gou, you’re transported from 1962 to 2043 before you know even what’s gone down. With recent appearances at Secret Garden Festival and Groovin’ The Moo, a five-hour set forNortheast Party House’s Corner House Festival, and Purple Sneakers Twelfth Birthday forVivid, and main supports for Confidence Man and The Presets plus more, Lex has well and truly carved her name into the Australian dance scene.
Cementing their place as experts on both sides of the party, with a consistent reputation for late-night crowds and sunrise kick-ons, Parkside have earned their cred DJing gut-busting sets on rooftops, beaches, skyscrapers and landmarks around the country. Bridging the gaps between underwater house, crashing techno and deviant disco, the crew bring the world’s great dance locales together in a heaving mess of grooves – called upon to support names like Kolsch,Bicep, Omar-S, Claude Von Stroke, Jimmy Edgar, Jamie XX, Shaun Reeves and Tiger & Woods for friends at Future Classic, Astral People, Falls Festival and countless club nights across the country.
Roza Terenzi’s productions are prime for interstellar communication; sublime mind dance, warehouse bleeps and dawnready breaks that will inevitably find union between earth people and other beings. This is even more apt in her immense DJ sets, astutely linking these outer limit genres as one through common sound, tone and rhythmic drive. Australia’s club mecca embraced her with open arms and she’s since become a vital component of the scene playing most weekends, opening for the likes of Objekt, Avalon Emerson,Volvox, Legowelt and Jayda Gand billing at Strawberry Fields, Camp Doogs, Freedom Time and Inner Varnika (her debut live set).
The Dollar Bin Darlings create a dance floor so heaving and unrelenting, that no one in the venue can say “Disco is Dead”, or make any sort of Melbourne-is-better remark. DJs Dre andJonBoy are the dynamic disco duo; Dre is the musical genius and tech support, JonBoy is the impassioned M.C. preaching love and disco to all on the dance floor. The duo learned their trade at The Hive Bar, under the tutelage of some of Sydney’s greatest DJs and have since bookedThe Bank, Ching-a-Lings, Fredas, The Bearded Tit, Hudson Ballroom and Double Bay’s The Royal Oak Hotel.
Toni Yotzi has played a crucial role in developing Perth into a thriving club metropolis, programming Deep Doogs’ sunrise rave, co-hosting Full Frequency on RTR FM and presenting parties for Kenji Takimi, Bell Towers and DJ Nozaki. Now based in Melbourne, she’s established herself as one of the most open minded DJs on the local circuit, immortalised by a legendary Inner Varnika set that saw her fearlessly transition from Jon Hassell to italo disco, Memphis rap and Bristol bass. 2018 has seen her headline Golden Plains Festival with the set being touted a stand out of The Sup‘s historical back catalogue. Going international she was recently invited on Tim Sweeney‘s New York dance music institution Beats In Space radio show and will be making an appearance on NTS London and Red Light Radio Amsterdam.
First blowing a gale as a forerunner of the new wave of Melbourne dance producers, Tornado Wallace’s distinct and perceptive electronics now find him in a constant rotation of both hemispheres, spending most of the year based in Berlin. From formative house beginnings, theESP Institute initiation ‘Thinking Allowed ‘proved Tornado Wallace as a force to be reckoned with – the driving groove and will powers stargazing quickly matched by an EP of eco-electro burners on Beats In Space. This two-timing continued for another round with ESP issuing the elegant Circadia, while Beats In Space got their churning acid two-tracker ‘Kangaroo Ground’/’Ferntree Gully’. After some time in between releases due to an increasingly busy DJ schedule, 2016 saw the release of a Tornado Wallace 12” on Second Circle, sister label to cult Amsterdam archivists Music From Memory, as well as his debut album ‘Lonely Planet’, which came out on Gerd Janson’s Running Back.
Following 5 years as commander and chiefs of the Unknown Records’ mothership, and 4 years pioneering the now sought after south of Sydney party scene, Unknown Associates have gained a formidable reputation as Wollongong’s not first, but favorited fathers of rave facilitation.‘Educate yourself in dance’ echoes the outer suburbs each and every Friday when theAssociates step away from label release, A&R, artist and tour management; opening the doors to techno education as ‘Institute of Dance’ and its underground devotees delve deep into the early hours. This year, again, the Associates are loading up the club they call home with some of the best acts in biz, letting the Unknown sound be heard around the globe, and looking to the future
*Listed in Alphabetical Order
ASTROPHYSICAL MASER · BIKE PARK GALLERY · CORTEX JOURNAL · DUZI CUATRO
ENOUGH SAID SLAM POETRY · HIDDEN HARVEST · JACUZZI STU · OVUHM · PRIDE TIDE
QUEER SPACE · SANDWICH PRESS ZONE · STRAWBERRY VISIONS