Farmer & The Owl Festival 2020
3rd Line Up Announcement
Cable Ties || Horror My Friend || The Buoys
SPOD || 100 || Wash || Mini Skirt || Blistar
Just as the dust settled on Farmer & The Owl‘s huge second line up announcement, we’ve got a fresh batch of exceptional Australian bands from across the country to add to the already-impressive list. It’s like Christmas has come early – speaking of which, with only a couple of weeks to go, you could do far worse than to slip a FATO ticket into a loved one’s stocking…
Fusing riot-grrrl energy with an unmistakable garage-rock urgency, Cable Ties have gone far beyond a well-kept Melbourne secret and have long since evolved into a national treasure. The power trio deliver brisk drums, churning bass and piercing post-punk guitar to meld with vocalist Jenny McKechnie’s defiant, resonant vocals and lyricism. Describing the end result as “smouldering feminist anthems,” the band’s must-see live show has endeared them to audiences both nationally and internationally.
Although they call the rolling hills of Adelaide home, Horror My Friend are absolutely no strangers to Wollongong. In fact, over the years it’s more or less become their second home. They’ll be sharing plenty of old favourites, as well as a few numbers from their upcoming third album. Expect thrashing guitars, noise-rock freakouts and at least a few fist-wielding sing-alongs.
Sydney legends The Buoys are set to bring their hugely catchy indie-rock arsenal. It’s been a huge 2019 for the four-piece, scoring love from both triple j and FBi for their cracking singles “Inside Outside” and “Gold.” No, it’s not just a clever name – The Buoys are the real deal.
He’s the coffee-sipping, synth-shredding, head-banging, jacket-wearing, mic-swinging cult figure with over 20 years in the game. He’s SPOD, and if you haven’t yet experienced his VHS-released (yes, seriously) fourth album Adult Fantasy then you absolutely need to do yourself a favour.
100! It’s 100! In just under two years, the garage-punk outfit have become the talk of the town as far as Sydney’s music community is concerned. Wowing crowds across a downstairs residency at the Lansdowne, not to mention festivals like Bad Friday and Secret Garden plus an extensive run in support of fellow Sydneysiders Pist Idiots.
Byron Bay’s WASH are grungy, lo-fi and thrashy – no bells and whistles, no gimmicks, no bullshit. Currently working on the follow-up to 2018’s Undercover Slimo, the trio are no doubt going to make quite the splash for their Farmer & The Owl debut.
Mini Skirt might have a cute and carefree connotation to their name, but that’s exactly how they get you. Watching them perform might remind you of the first time you saw Eddy Current Suppression Ring or perhaps The Peep Tempel – something gritty, hard-hitting and just that little bit too real. Having just released fantastic new single “Pretty,” Mini Skirt will have even more new music to share when they hit the stage at the end of February.
Starting out as a one-man band for one Noa Deane, Blistar has since expanded into a full band with a rollicking, mane-thrashing sound recalling the likes of Mudhoney, The Vines and FIDLAR. Having dropped their second album Hot Head back in July and played with local legends The Pinheads on their recent tour, Blistar will be coming in hot for the festival. Hang ten with these legends, and don’t kook it.
Listen to the FATO Playlist on Spotify here.
Stay tuned for more acts to be announced in the coming months!
Saturday February 29th, 2020 MacCabe Park Wollongong
General tickets on sale now from Moshtix