Yours & Owls Festival was back for a second year at Stuart Park in Wollongong, featuring some of Australia’s best talent from around the country and a little bit of acts from overseas. Representing Australia on day one were the likes of Alex Lahey, BAD//DREEMS, SAFIA, Ali Barter, Dune Rats, Ivan Ooze, Body Type and more showcasing their stuff on the first of two days.

While this was a two-day event, Eat This Music only attended day one and what a day it was with Dune Rats, Alex Lahey and Ivan Ooze stealing the show on the first day – or the AFL if you’re a Richmond supporter – depending on who you ask; which is why the subjectivity of music is one of the best things about music.

Eat This Music determines the experience of the day like this – looking for high, energetic punk-tastic music with a sense of humour? You had Dune Rats for that with their many hits, especially Scott Green and Braindead. Looking for logical down-to-earth laid back solid guitar scratching music? You had Ali Barter and Alex Lahey with their hits ‘Girlie Bits‘ & ‘Cigarette‘ and ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself‘ & ‘Let’s Go Out‘, respectively. Looking for fast, impactful R&B to get you moving? Ivan Ooze was your hook up with his smash-hit Bounce That being a stand out.

Looking for some great pop/electronic goodness? Cosmo’s Midnight was there for that and they did a great job with ‘History‘ being the best of their tracks. Donny Benet‘s ‘Working Out‘ and ‘Konnichiwa‘ are musts for anyone that is a fan of music.

And for those that are after sports, you literally had a screening of the AFL Grand Final to fill your needs.

The wild Wollongong weather didn’t stop this festival from being as great as it was. The only downside is I didn’t spend a lot of time over at Rad Stage and Das Schmeltz Haus as I heard there was some great performances throughout – and to be honest, with the festival happening over two weeks ago, most of the details of the day are hard to recollect.

However, I am already looking forward to next year and possibly looking at attending both days as I would have liked to see Bec Sandridge, Confidence Man and Montaigne live.

Didn’t get to attend the festival on either day? Have a listen to what you missed with this Spotify playlist below.

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