Yours & Owls – Get to Know Your Class of 2022

Yours & Owls – Get to Know Your Class of 2022

With just over 2 months until Yours & Owls Festival 2023, we thought we’d take the opportunity to get to know our lineup a littler deeper, and show you exactly what you’re in for. Grab a coffee, get comfy, introducing your class of 2023…..




With just over 2 months until Yours & Owls Festival 2023, we thought we’d take the opportunity to get to know our lineup a littler deeper, and show you exactly what you’re in for. Grab a coffee, get comfy, introducing your class of 2023…..

Before Lil Tjay became an internet heartthrob with streams in the multi-millions, he was an ordinary kid doing it tough in The Bronx. A closer listen offers the biography of a child who suffered adult sins and consequences, before committing himself to finding a clean route to his music dreams. The studio would become his saving grace and his destiny.

If you think you have Oliver Tree figured out, think again. This platinum-selling vocalist, producer, writer, director and performance artist has boldly explored the intersection of art and entertainment, and established himself as a groundbreaking force in the worlds of music, comedy and action sports. Whether you’re here for the shimmering looks, high-art aesthetic, personal reckonings or just a healthy dose of social commentary, you’ve come to the right place.

Rap juggernaut from the US, @EarlSweatshirt, is known for his creatively languid style that has swung lyrically from highly personal alt-rap to morbid horrorcore. Earl helped launch Odd Future into hip-hop prominence around the turn of the 2010s and has since remained among the most unique rapper/producers around.

The metamorphosis of folk singer/songwriter Celia Pavey into the electro pop powerhouse Vera Blue has been as visually electrifying as it has musically scintillating. The success of the “Perennial” album was followed by a Flume collab “Rushing Back”, landing #2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 2019. She has since done 5 completely sold out Australian tours, European/UK and USA dates, and multiple festivals around the world.

US Jazz/ hip-hop/ R’n’B multi-instrumentalist prodigy Masego, born Micah Davis, cut his teeth on the hand-to-mouth busking days of Sax 5th Avenue and has since reached global success! The teenaged hip-hop obsession, the university jazz studies, and the birth of his bespoke genre, TrapHouseJazz, all accumulated to simply become the atmosphere that he breathes.

The legacy of Australian Hip Hop Icons Hilltop Hoods is undeniable. Their unparalleled 30+ year career speaks for itself with Ten ARIA awards; six #1 Albums; sold-out arena tours and over 60 x Platinum accreditations and counting. Hilltop Hoods made Triple J’s Hottest 100 history with the title of the most song entries within the countdown tallying at 23.

Ocean Alley have captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock. Their track ‘Confidence’ took out top spot in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2018. The band have solidified their position as one of Australia’s most exciting touring acts, making their mark on the local and international circuit, selling out countless shows across the world.

Australian electronic producer Golden Features has been on a golden run since bursting onto the scene in 2014. His track record boasts two platinum and six gold ARIA certifications, 275+ million global streams, and an acclaimed and beloved debut album in 2018’s SECT landing him on the #1 ARIA Dance Albums Chart, #1 iTunes and Triple J’s Feature Album. With a remarkable career and collaborations with artists like ODESZA, Golden Features has solidified his place in Australia’s electronic music scene.

Chet Faker first endeared himself to a devoted international following with a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” that catapulted him into the spotlight in 2011, with his platinum-selling debut album Built On Glass, earning him a slew of ARIA Awards in 2014. In the years since, he’s continued to build a critically acclaimed discography, with multiple releases under his birth name Nick Murphy. Chet Faker has toured the world over playing sold out headline shows and stages including Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Hailing from New Zealand, Indie-pop duo BROODS are fresh off the back of the release of their new album Space Island – a captivating exploration of grief and full of unfettered imagination. With ten NZ Music Awards and over a billion streams under their belt, they’ve collaborated with the likes of Lorde and Tove Lo, toured with HAIM and Taylor Swift, and graced major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Since first emerging from (and defining) the Southern California pop-punk scene in 1978, the legendary Descendents have released classic after classic. From their landmark debut LP Milo Goes To College, to coming full circle on their latest release 9th & Walnut, the band has sustained a potent chemistry and shared vision, further cementing them as punk legends.

Frank Lopes, who cultivated the moniker Hobo Johnson after being kicked out of his parents’ house and left to live in his ’94 Corolla, The American vocalist built a grassroots following via viral homegrown style videos showcasing an amalgamation of spoken word poetry, punk, folk and rap. 2017 saw Hobo Johnson’s self-released debut album The Rise of Hobo Johnson, selling out shows all around the world.

Fearless five-man band Phony Ppl consists of the cream of Brooklyn’s young musician crop. The band has taken pride in their genre-less sound throughout the years and their music offerings have dabbled in experimental splashes of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soul, rock and many more sub-genres.

British artist Bakar’s genre-bending sound is well-known for bridging the gap between Indie, Hip-hop, Punk and Rock. This unapologetically bold and intentional artist straddles the intersection between fashion, culture and music and is set to become your new favourite with his highly anticipated album ‘Halo’ out in September!

Sydney-born singer Meg Mac was thrown into the spotlight back in 2014 after winning Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ title and solidifying herself in the Australian music scene. Her 2017 debut album ‘Low Blows’ reached #2 in the Australian charts and by the time her 2019 follow-up LP ‘Hope’ was released the singer had racked up a bunch of ARIA nominations, a track feature on HBO’s ‘Girls’ and a US tour supporting D’Angelo, which she still today describes as a “life highlight”.

If friendship had a sound, it would be Peach Pit. The wistful grooves, glassy guitars, and sun-kissed melodies feel like they could only be made by musicians who have spent close to a lifetime together. Breaking out of Vancouver to rip through sold out tours in the US and Europe cements their status as a must-see live band.

Formed in 2012, Canberra trio SAFIA shot to public attention after winning the triple j Unearthed Groovin The Moo competition, and gained international attention with breakout single ‘Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues’. Their 2019 album ‘Story’s Start or End’ showcased their indie pop prowess with Gold-certified single ‘Starlight’. Known for elaborate live shows, they’ve collaborated with Peking Duk, Alison Wonderland, and toured with Twenty One Pilots, Lorde, and Disclosure. With chart-topping albums, massive streaming numbers, and a global fanbase, SAFIA continues to captivate audiences at major festivals and sold-out concerts across the world.

Angel Du$t is a genre-blurring band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, who have marked their place in the music industry through their transformative sound. Born from solid harcore roots, the band have since embraced a mixture of pop, punk and indie in their subsequent releases. Their unique blend of sounds brings a fresh perspective, showing their fans, and the industry at large, that they’re not afraid to push boundaries and venture into unexplored territory.

BIG WETT entered into the Naarm (Melbourne) music scene with an heir of mystique surrounding her… almost appearing out of thin air. The beats are hard and fast, dank, naughty and super fun. The lyrics are extremely explicit and cover topics like sex, money, drugs, power and her own absurd fantasies. Maybe they’re yours too?

Hailing from the backlands of Blenheim in New Zealand, Auckland based Daily J have constructed their own unique sound, offering blissful blends of warm swirling melodies, dynamic basslines and a subtle pop electronica influence that leaves you feeling swooned. Following the success of their EP ‘The Other Side’ and crowd favourite ‘Left Me Like Summer,’ their return to Aus is highly anticipated!

DICE are an alt-rock four piece hailing from Perth, WA. With a sound that has been likened to the first day of summer, the band have spent the past 12 months bringing their good vibes to sold out shows across WA and are quickly becoming one of the country’s most exciting up and coming groups.

There’s no ecstasy without agony, and there would be no EKKSTACY without misery. A young fan of the emotionally fraught melodic hip-hop that had dominated his early teens, the self-taught artist threw himself into moody indie rock with the same intensity. His brutally honest lyrics about self-harm and sadness pair with slate-grey production that recalls the early-80s wave of post-punk and proto-goth, overflowing with melodic pleasures and hooks upon hooks that found audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

Being strong and resilient is often seen as honourable, but it can be difficult to acknowledge when it’s time to let go and say “enough.” NZ singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Amelia Murray has wrestled with this truth for years. However, her story comes with an empowering twist of personal reclamation in the form of ‘Break!’: her returning EP as Fazerdaze and first release in over five years!

Forest Claudette’s music provides solace for the restless mind, blending alternative R&B and pop with introspective songwriting. Raised in a small town in Victoria, Australia, he honed his craft through experiential learning and self-discovery. His latest single “Creaming Soda” reflects years of experimentation, while the hypnotic collaboration “Mess Around” with Earthgang showcases his soulful, contemporary sound.

Brighton-based alternative musician and multidisciplinary creative James Marriott began his independent music career by uploading acoustic covers and songs to YouTube in 2012, and has since gone on to amass millions of followers who tune in every day for his music, comedy and relatable personality.

KiNG MALA is an alternative pop artist based in Los Angeles. The El Paso born musician is not afraid to spill her guts. Setting out with the hopes to spark confidence in both herself and her listeners, she creates music that will make you walk taller and speak louder.

Long-time mates and indie rock two-piece from WA, Old Mervs have been making moves together since their first jam sesh in a converted old stable. Fast forward and these guys are on the rise! With a debut 2022 EP now under their belt, their ruckus inducing, energetic live show and ballad like sing-alongs have now made their way around Australia twice, with back-to-back sold-out headline tours and it’s not hard to see why.

Pacific Avenue have made evident waves across Australia, steadily growing a fan base from their beginnings as local South Coast entertainers to flourishing Australian luminaries. With multiple releases added to full rotation on triple j and Triple M, It’s no secret that Pacific Avenue’s influences are rooted in eras long gone, but remain artistically ever-present throughout the modern age, finding ways to thrive with new generations.

Redhook are a fiercely independent, shapeshifting alt-rock foursome from Sydney, who’ve quickly accumulated a global fanbase and tens of millions of streams through their powerful songwriting and captivating live show. Their debut album ‘Postcard From A Living Hell’, released in April, doubles down on their eclectic sound, demonstrating their inability to be pigeonholed.

Dream pop duo Royel Otis is the brainchild of Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell, drawing inspiration from old Japanese city pop records and ‘90s nostalgia. Royel Otis have quickly amassed millions of streams in the last 2 years with multiple breakout singles such as ‘Oysters in My Pocket’ and ‘Kool Aid’, earning the band worldwide festival spots and a completely sold out Australian tour throughout mid 2023.

RVG perform the tricky alchemy of combining rock’s urgency, punk’s anarchy, and pop’s empathy to create music that feels vital. Since releasing their first album to critical acclaim and audience adoration, they’ve gone on to make huge strides internationally through US, UK and European tours, high-profile Australian support plays, and showcases at SXSW, The Great Escape and Reeperbahn.

Meanjin’s (Brisbane) Shag Rock, produce indie surf rock hits that span generations. Born in the depths of the high school band room, they have since amassed over 40 million streams worldwide, smashed out a huge USA tour, as well as multiple sold-out headline tours locally and across the ditch!

Emerging from Brixton’s Windmill scene as teens, ‘Sorry’ have crafted their own distinctive sound, drawing together a shared passion for lo-fi sounds of grunge, trap and shoegaze. With a devoted following on both sides of the Atlantic, their 2018 single ‘Starstruck’ has over 7 million plays on Spotify. Their latest album, Anywhere But Here, showcases their distinctive brand of Diazepam dreampop.

Formed in Canberra during high school in 2019, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers channel Riot Grrrl-era energy with a modern flare. The band have graduated into an astute group of early twenty-somethings, just as concerned about issues facing today’s women, non-binary people and young people everywhere as they are with their loud and completely cool punk rock sound.

Refusing to stay within the bounds of Australian indie, Melbourne-based four-piece Teenage Dads create melodies and rhythms that collide at the intersection of disparate worlds; early 2000s NYC indie, 80s new wave and synth pop, and the explosiveness of contemporary influences including bands like Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix.

The Grogans are a trio of best friends from Naarm (Melbourne) who explore nuanced manoeuvres in surf, punk, blues, garage, psych, rockabilly and reggae. Their 3rd LP, ‘Which Way is Out’, saw them further build on their distinct brand of garage/surf rock and sell out shows around Aus on their huge 27-date headline tour!

The Rions, comprised of 4-schoolmates from Avalon have shown us a glimpse of songwriting and musicianship well beyond their years, and after going back-to-back in consecutive Hottest 100 countdowns they’re set to continue their rise with upcoming single ‘Scary Movies’. Having sold out shows across Australia and garnering millions of streams worldwide, their unique sound influenced by Arctic Monkeys, Dayglow, and The Beatles is resonating with audiences far and wide.

Infectious, fun and free-spirited Gerringong Local’s, The Terrys, formed in a shared trailer house in mid 2020, creating their unique blend of indie surf rock. The band have since amassed millions of streams, undergone multiple sold out Australian tours and received strong support from Triple J, featuring in 2021 and multiple tracks being added to full rotation.

The release of The VANNs’ debut album Through The Walls in 2019 marked an arrival of something fresh and new in Australian music. Since then, high-profile support slots with The Kooks and The Wombats, sold out shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and The Forum in Melbourne, and enduring industry love has proven that their drive has not waned or diminished.

Meanjin (Brisbane)-based indie powerhouse Tia Gostelow has emerged renewed, with fresh chapters of her story ready to be shared through her cultivated new outlooks, attitudes and sonic proclivities. Tia remains an absolute force, both on a national and international stage. And with new music on the horizon, now is the perfect time to join the fan club.

After picking up her first instrument at age 6, Wallice started writing songs in middle school and later played in her high school band, inspired by the lyricism of Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, and the punky irreverence of Weezer and No Doubt. In 2021, she had a breakthrough year with the release of her debut EP Off the Rails, signing to Dirty Hit, sold-out headline shows, and supporting tours, and she’s been on the up and up since then!