Like the whole of Wollongong (and other festival lovers) we’re still recovering from dancing two whole days and nights at the Yours and Owls Festival held over last week’s long weekend.
This year the festival extended the fun to two-days, rather than the one-day format of previous years. Festival goers were treated to bigger and better artists such as; Ball Park Music, DMA’s, The Jezabels and The Living End just to name a few.
The festival definitely stepped up its game this year, providing two stages and a larger space, offering more bars and plenty more yummy food stalls to choose from.
Saturday morning began with the Welcome to Country, a beautiful start to a festival well known for its support and advocacy of multiculturalism in Wollongong.
Local legends Hockey Dad were a standout, with Zach Stephenson’s voice kicking the night off with crooning melodies and rolling mosh pits.
Playing tracks from their 2016 album Boronia as well as older fan favourites, the Illawarra boys cemented their status as one of the highlights of the festival.
A regular on the festival scene, Brisbane rockers Ball Park Music captivated crowds with a stripped-back acoustic version of It’s Nice to be Alive, made famous at this years’ Splendour in the Grass.
Leading a festival-wide singalong, Sam Cromack’s carefree vocals closed the night, creating even more anticipation for Sunday’s festivities.
The next morning was a groggy start for festival goers, but the sheer beauty of acts like Little May and rising star Vera Blue laid the foundations for Sunday to be just as special Saturday. These two outstanding female acts showcased genuine talent.
Skegss killed it onstage while fans almost killed each other offstage in the infamous death pit. Hermitude provided quality dance tunes, serenading our souls with a special version of In The Jungle where the entire crowd sung along.
In summary, Yours and Owls was lit. Bring on 2017!