In part two of our coverage of Yours and Owls 2018, we take a moment to appreciate the amazing acts that graced the stages in Stuart Park last weekend. With a line-up of pure Australian talent and a fantastically receptive crowd in Wollongong, it was the perfect atmosphere.
On day one, punters were graced with high energy acts such as Mallrat, Luca Brasi, Ocean Alley, Middle Kids, Jungle Giants and Peking Duk; all of which were stand outs for the day. Crowds chanted Mallrat’s lyrics back at her in the bright light of the afternoon sun, as she performed a set mostly consisting of tracks from her new EP. Later in the night, acts such as Ocean Alley and Jungle Giants provided the perfect coastal soundtracks to the cool evening, and gave audiences a reason to work up a sweat and counteract the dropping temperatures as the evening wore on. A highlight of the evening included the closing set by Peking Duk, who brought out a massive line up of guest performers such as Chris Sebastian, Michaela Baranov and Al from Cloud Control to add drama and excitement to their already CO2-canon heavy performance. Among their own massive hits were surprising covers of The Strokes’ hit ‘Last Nite’ and Seven Nation Army that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
With such a high standard set by the day before, day two had big shoes to fill. As punters filed in to the festival looking slightly wearier but fitted out with drastically warmer clothes, a chilled vibe descended over the crowds. Acts such as Jack River and Sarah Blasko were attended by punters contented with laying in the cosy sun as the afternoon sleepily wore on. Standouts from later in the evening include Cub Sport, who, as the sun set, lit up the And The Restless stage. Front man Tim Nelson entered the stage in an all-white suit, backlit by white light, and based on the sounds emitted from the crowd, provided audiences a spiritual enlightenment that was only heightened by the first song, O Lord. After punters recovered from a life changing set by Cub Sport, acts such as Methyl Ethyl and Liars lived up to the hype and provided fans with exciting sets and a good boogie into the latter half of the night. Tasked with being the final act on the Jung stage, Alison Wonderland had the expectations and hopes of the whole festival on her shoulders. And damn, she not only bore that weight but she did some bench presses with it too. Her set was a perfectly genius mix of original songs, remixes of popular songs, deadly drops and filthy beats that evoked so many “OHHHHHHH MYYYY GODDDs” from the crowd. Her set made the crowd feel so good it would be illegal anywhere else.
Overall, Yours and Owls stepped up its game and provided punters with a festival to remember and keep coming back to year after year.
Stay tuned for our Yours and Owls after-movie and interview set; coming soon.