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2020 Farmer & The Owl Festival



Farmer & The Owl Festival 2020
1st Line-Up Announcement

Hot Chip
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats || Sleaford Mods
Weyes Blood|| Fat White Family|| Drab Majesty
Miss June|| Body Type || Rebel Yell
 + more to be announced …

Collectively Curated by
The Farmer & The Owl Label Family
Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength

Saturday February 29th, MacCabe Park Wollongong


The Farmer & The Owl Festival made its successful debut in March 2019, within the steel lined laneways and lush urban parklands of McCabe Park in the heart of Wollongong. 4,000 music addicts descended on the spacious lots and secluded post-industrial alcoves for a day of music consumption and discovery. Farmer & The Owl returns in 2020, serving up a fresh collective of garden-fresh, magnificent sounds for your listening pleasure.

Once again, the line-up has been affectionately curated by your favourite artists from the Farmer and The Owl label family of Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength.

Described by The Guardian as “the greatest British pop group of their generation”, audio adventure addicts Hot Chip (UK) will make their triumphant return to Australia in 2020, bringing the party to the people of Wollongong! Hot Chip have transcended musical trends while remaining adoringly aloof at the absolute cutting edge, with albums such as 2006’s breakout The Warning, 2008’s brilliant Made in the Dark and more recently One Life Stand (2010) all gathering effusive praise and individual cult followings. With a career littered in accolades including Grammy nominations, multiple Mercury Prize nods, several Gold albums and even a feature on The Simpsons, Hot Chip are one of the most decorated and much-loved bands in recent memory. Farmer and The Owl will be fans first chance to see tracks from their acclaimed new album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’, live!

The brainchild of mercurial Cambridgeshire mystic Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (US,UK, CANADA) have been making extraordinary music since 2009. Always too bold and idiosyncratic to be easily pigeonholed, they emerged from an obscure corner of the labyrinthine English underground as shadowy purveyors of a new and overwhelmingly psychedelic take on the gruff and gritty rudiments of hard rock and turbo-blues, powered by the dark, lysergic heart of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and drenched in woozily macabre imagery. Steeped in both the wayward melodies and mischievous arrangements of psychedelic pop and the dissonant thunder of proto-metal and doom!

Sleaford Mods (UK) are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking bands in music today. Stumbling into the music scene in 2013 at a time of political and creative austerity, their breakthrough album ‘Austerity Dogs’ surprised many and caught the moment, spearheading a punk renaissance and paving the way for a generation of new artists. Five critically acclaimed albums later, Sleaford Mods find themselves lauded for exhilarating and brutally brilliant live shows and heralded as Iggy Pop’s favourite band; still paving the way for those who follow.

Weyes Blood (US), is the moniker of California-based artist Natalie Mering. Titanic Rising, her fourth album and Sub Pop records debut, has received unanimous critical acclaim. Listen closely to Titanic Rising, and you’ll also hear the jazz of Hoagy Carmichael mingle with the artful mysticism of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the monomyth of scholar Joseph Campbell. Re-imagining the Titanic disaster as a metaphor for climate catastrophe, Weyes Blood designs her own universe to soulfully navigate life’s mysteries. Manoeuvring through a space-time continuum, she intriguingly plays the role of melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist.

Fat White Family (UK) have always been a drug band with a rock problem, their legendary live show – part exorcistic pagan ritual, part violent bacchanalian assault of the senses have made headlines in all the right outlets around the globe. Seven years into a career defined by collapsing masculinity, Celtic mysticism, pound shop shamanism, provocation, eroticism, wanton violence, joy, radical empathy, narcissism, hog-like indulgence, personality defects and a fondness for both extreme left and right-wing aesthetics – and some of the best musical performances this fractured world has ever witnessed! The South London-spawned band return, like true rock n roll phoenixes, rising from the ashes of a band implosion, with their 3rd, post implosion studio LP, Serfs Up!

Drab Majesty (US) is the solo project of Deb DeMure, the androgynous alter-ego of L.A.-based musician Andrew Clinco. With its combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, commanding vocals, and rhythmic drum machine beats, this project is a stark departure from Clinco’s previous stints as drummer in Marriages and Black Mare. Dubbed “Tragic Wave” and “Mid-Fi” by DeMure, Drab Majesty eloquently blends classic 80s New Wave and hints of early 4AD with a futuristic originality. When DeMure’s imposing 6’ 4” figure assumes the stage, Deb’s playful, harlequinesque appearance, tempered by an ominous body language, and clashing with the dreamy, ethereal melodies comes across as a web of contrasts. The result is a perfect balance between seemingly conflicting messages, between the high and the low, the drab and the divine.

Miss June (NZ) is what happens when angst matures. Raised in the embers of punk rock, Miss June harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of frontperson Annabel Liddell, unafraid, unapologetic and ready to wake up the music scene. Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre” the NZ four piece combine elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock and hold close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own.

Rising Sydney-based, trash can girl band, Body Type (AUS) swan down the freeway to Wollongong on a wave of praise from global tastemakers.  Two EP’s, 2018’s self-titled and 2019’s EP2, that spawned six radio singles between them that caught the ears of folks at BBC’s Beats 1, The Fader, NME, DIY Mag all hailing their scuzz rock sounds as the next big thing cool kids around the world need to wrap their ears around. They have toured nationally and across the ocean including slots at Live At Leeds, Hit the North and Great Escape, we are proud as punch to have them as neighbours and are stoked they coming over to play!

Rebel Yell (AUS) is the solo project and moniker of Sydney via Brisbane electronic/techno artist Grace Stevenson. Known for her demonic-like musical force, Grace has produced some of the most mesmerising, brooding techno anthems in the country. Fearlessly pushing the boundaries of Australia’s club scene, Rebel Yell is a powerful mega-hex of techno, industrial beats, who commands her dance floors with pulsating bass lines and hypnotic mechanical rhythms.

Stay tuned for more acts to be announced in the coming months!Saturday February 29th, 2020 MacCabe Park Wollongong


***Update as at 6 December 2019***

Farmer & The Owl Festival 2020
2nd Line-Up Announcement
Alex Cameron || Mom Jeans || The Murlocs
Hand Habits || Jack Ladder & The Farmlanders

Press Club || EGOISM ||Shady NastyJoinHot Chip
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats || Sleaford Mods
Weyes Blood|| Fat White Family|| Drab Majesty
Miss June|| Body Type || Rebel Yell
+ more to be announced …Collectively Curated by
The Farmer & The Owl Label Family
Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength
Saturday February 29th, MacCabe Park Wollongong

General tickets on sale now from Moshtix
***Update as at 3 January 2020***

Farmer & The Owl Festival 2020

3rd Line Up Announcement

Cable Ties || Horror My Friend || The Buoys
SPOD || 100 || Wash || Mini Skirt || Blistar

Just as the dust settled on Farmer & The Owl‘s huge second line up announcement, we’ve got a fresh batch of exceptional Australian bands from across the country to add to the already-impressive list. It’s like Christmas has come early – speaking of which, with only a couple of weeks to go, you could do far worse than to slip a FATO ticket into a loved one’s stocking…

Fusing riot-grrrl energy with an unmistakable garage-rock urgency, Cable Ties have gone far beyond a well-kept Melbourne secret and have long since evolved into a national treasure. The power trio deliver brisk drums, churning bass and piercing post-punk guitar to meld with vocalist Jenny McKechnie’s defiant, resonant vocals and lyricism. Describing the end result as “smouldering feminist anthems,” the band’s must-see live show has endeared them to audiences both nationally and internationally.

Although they call the rolling hills of Adelaide home, Horror My Friend are absolutely no strangers to Wollongong. In fact, over the years it’s more or less become their second home. They’ll be sharing plenty of old favourites, as well as a few numbers from their upcoming third album. Expect thrashing guitars, noise-rock freakouts and at least a few fist-wielding sing-alongs.

Sydney legends The Buoys are set to bring their hugely catchy indie-rock arsenal. It’s been a huge 2019 for the four-piece, scoring love from both triple j and FBi for their cracking singles “Inside Outside” and “Gold.” No, it’s not just a clever name – The Buoys are the real deal.

He’s the coffee-sipping, synth-shredding, head-banging, jacket-wearing, mic-swinging cult figure with over 20 years in the game. He’s SPOD, and if you haven’t yet experienced his VHS-released (yes, seriously) fourth album Adult Fantasy then you absolutely need to do yourself a favour.

100! It’s 100! In just under two years, the garage-punk outfit have become the talk of the town as far as Sydney’s music community is concerned. Wowing crowds across a downstairs residency at the Lansdowne, not to mention festivals like Bad Friday and Secret Garden plus an extensive run in support of fellow Sydneysiders Pist Idiots.

Byron Bay’s WASH are grungy, lo-fi and thrashy – no bells and whistles, no gimmicks, no bullshit. Currently working on the follow-up to 2018’s Undercover Slimo, the trio are no doubt going to make quite the splash for their Farmer & The Owl debut.

Mini Skirt might have a cute and carefree connotation to their name, but that’s exactly how they get you. Watching them perform might remind you of the first time you saw Eddy Current Suppression Ring or perhaps The Peep Tempel – something gritty, hard-hitting and just that little bit too real. Having just released fantastic new single “Pretty,” Mini Skirt will have even more new music to share when they hit the stage at the end of February.

Starting out as a one-man band for one Noa Deane, Blistar has since expanded into a full band with a rollicking, mane-thrashing sound recalling the likes of Mudhoney, The Vines and FIDLAR. Having dropped their second album Hot Head back in July and played with local legends The Pinheads on their recent tour, Blistar will be coming in hot for the festival. Hang ten with these legends, and don’t kook it.

Saturday February 29th, MacCabe Park Wollongong
General tickets on sale now from Moshtix
***4th Line-up Announcement***
Bad//Dreems || Wiki (US) || The Lazy Eyes || HOON || R.M.F.C || Loose Fit || Babey
Hot Chip (UK)
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats (US/UK/CAN) || Sleaford Mods (UK)
Weyes Blood (US) || Fat White Family (UK) || Drab Majesty (US)
The Murlocs || Alex Cameron || Mom Jeans || Press Club ||
Jack Ladder || Cable Ties || Horror My Friend || The Buoys ||
Miss June (NZ) || Body Type || Rebel Yell || Hand Habits (US)
EGOISM || Shady Nasty || SPOD || 100 || Wash || Mini Skirt || BlisterCollectively Curated by
The Farmer & The Owl Label Family
Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength

Saturday February 29th, MacCabe Park Wollongong

Tickets on sale now from Moshtix

Just when you thought you were satisfied beyond compare; Farmer & The Owl Festival have today served up another round of artists for you to discover, fall in love with, and witness the magic of live music from bands you’ve fanned over for years. With such a delectable array of talent set to take the stage, let FATO grab your hand and take you on one unforgettable aural experience.

Farmer and The Owl’s newest family members Bad//Dreems have added a dose of their personal musical taste to this years’ line up as co curators. Adelaide’s favourite rock n roll son’s will also be hitting the stage, no doubt belting out tracks from their third studio album Doomsday Ballet, fan favourites ‘Double Dreaming’, Morning Rain’ & ‘Pist Christ’. Born during an Adelaide heatwave, Bad//Dreems have cemented their place as one of the most exciting Australian Guitar bands of recent times. The quintet’s reputation as one of the country’s best and most in-demand live acts, meanwhile, has been hard-won via supports with groups as varied as Midnight Oil, At The Drive-In, The Black Keys, Cold Chisel, The Avalanches, as well as their own headline tours and appearances at festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, Falls and Sydney City Limits.

Born and bred in NYC, a teenage Wiki (Patrick Morales) quickly rose to fame as one third of pioneering hip-hop group Ratkings releasing the NYC-focused classic, So It Goes, which was recently included in Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade. Out of this grew a shrewd lyricist in Wiki, going on to release solo mixtapes, 700 Fill and Lil’ Me, his exploration of street life in NYC guided him in dropping his fully-fledged debut solo album, No Mountains In Manhattan. Touring extensively off the back of his newly released album OOFIE, Wiki will bring fan favourites ‘Grim (ft. Lil Ugly Mane & Denzel Curry), ‘Pesto, ‘Elixir and ‘Saggy Denim to life on stage.

The Lazy Eyes are a Sydney four piece who create prismatic, sprawling psychedelic rock that evokes the likes of Pond, The Flaming Lips, and Lonerism-era Tame Impala. The band’s playfully jam filled and constantly morphing live show has spread throughout their home city like word-of-mouth wildfire, building up a fervent, cult following. Bringing a meld of pedal-effected psychedelia, 60’s pop inspired chord progressions, the pervasive moodiness of Mac Demarco, the throwback smooth grunge of Granddaddy and the pocket symphonies of Brian WilsonThe Lazy Eyes create emotive and expansive alternative rock.

A group not easily penned down within the genre, Hoon is a chaotic garage punk band from Wollongong. Their heavily animated live show is reinforced by the sonic mayhem conveyed in their song writing. ‘Hoon 2.0’ saw its first light of day in January 2019 with the single Partner In Crime’. From bursts of raucous 2-minute thrillers – to dynamic 5-minute progressive ballads with hints of psychedelic and sludge metal, Hoon have developed their form as eclectic garage punk act that pays homage to their predecessors, whilst remaining distinct in the contemporary.

R.M.F.C is a solo project of 18-year-old Buz Clatworthy from the South Coast of NSW. The project started in September of 2018 when R.M.F.C released its debut EP titled ‘Hive vol. 1 which was followed by a second EP titled ‘Hive vol. 2 in March of 2019. Since then, R.M.F.C has gained international attention, getting airplay in countries across the globe, and landing support slots for big names such as Kirin J Callinan. If you like Devo, speed, hot riffs and being a turd, you’ll love R.M.F.C.

Loose Fit began when Sydney-based fashion school friends Kaylene Milner and Anna Langdon bonded over their mutual love of experimental music. The band’s rhythm-heavy sound contains echoes of UK post-punk titans such as Public Image Ltd, Maximum Joy and A Certain Ratio. On stage and on record Loose Fit is an energetic unit propelled by a heavy rhythm section that isn’t afraid to assault unsuspecting punks with the ultimate taboo – groove.

Babey bare their vulnerability relentlessly in their live acts. The quartets connection runs as deep as blood with sisters Elyse (guitar), Rachael (bass), Janae (drums) and childhood friend Aiden (guitar). Dubbed an FBi Radio ‘Independent Artist of the Week’ and having played alongside bands including Jordan Ireland (The Middle East), RVG, Jade Imagine and Bodytype, Babey are proving their steady approach is a lasting one.

Saturday February 29th, 2020 MacCabe Park Wollongong

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