5 Local Discoveries To Make At Yours and Owls

Client Liaison photographed by Rhiannon Hopley (@RhiannonHopley)

As we’ve said before, one of the most exciting parts of festivals is the opportunity they offer for discovering smaller, local bands. Admittedly though, this usually involves showing up to the festival at midday and randomly stumbling between stages until the names you know start to pop-up.

To help justify your morning alarm and take some of the randomness out of your stroll, we’ve tracked down five bands you HAVE to check out at this weekend’s Yours and Owls Festival. In addition to some pretty awesome headliners, the two day festival is jam-packed with a bunch of our favourite upcoming acts.

Crack out those set times and get your highlighters ready!

You can thank us in four years when you’re claiming indie-cred…


Tired Lion

Although they’re yet to release much music (only two EPs and a single so far), Tired Lion are quickly making a name for themselves. Plus, with an upcoming support slot on Violent Soho’s tour (alongside The Bronx and Luca Brasi) it’s safe to say they’re about to get a lot bigger.

The Perth based four piece craft an infectious blend of grungy, indie instrumentals and smooth vocals, sounding like a modern blend of Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies, with a hint of Metric thrown in. Head banging is throughly encouraged.

Check out our review of their Sydney show earlier this year here.



Hockey Dad

When heading to a local festival, however big it may be, you always need to check out at least one local act. At Yours and Owls that band is Hockey Dad although, to be honest, they’re probably getting a bit big for the ‘local band’ label.

They are however a Wollongong band through and through (okay, technically Windang, but let’s say Wollongong to make it easier), creating a fuzzy-surf-rock sound which makes you want to hit the beach immediately.

Get keen with our full session of the lads here.



Sampa The Great

Okay, so Sampa’s made a bunch of my recommendation lists but that’s because she’s great and should be seen as often as possible.

This year has been absolutely massive for the African-born and Sydney-based rapper, having seen her support the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat and Hiatus Kaiyote and play big festivals like Splendour. With a perfect blend of syncopated beats, insanely catchy backing tracks and spoken-word/rapid fire verses, she truly knows how to get a crowd going. Insert fire emoticon. 



Client Liaison

These guys may be getting a tad big to make the list, but technically they’re yet to release a full length album, which earns them a spot.

With their synchronised dance moves, coordinated outfits and a dance-centric synth-pop sound, Client Liaison never fail to open a direct portal to the 80s at their shows. Tell me you can make it through one of their songs without head banging/foot tapping/awkward hip shaking/all of the above!

Check out our review of their Sydney show earlier this year here.



Bec Sandridge

With a unique blend of folk, indie rock, pop and a slightly punk vibe, Bec Sandridge has quickly become one of the most exciting new names in Australian music. With impressive skills on the guitar, a big stage presence and quickly delivered witty lyrics, she needs to be seen live ASAP.


About Mark Royters

Many years ago I was given an Arctic Monkeys EP. Everything changed from that moment onwards. I'm a Sydney-based music writer, reviewer and interviewer.

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