Well now, this is a pleasant surprise! Wollongong festival Yours & Owls have announced their lineup for this year’s instalment and aside from the obvious appeal of the variety of acts revealed, the lineup is at parity when considering the representation of the binary genders. Out of the 34 acts announced so far 19 of them at least have a female member, something definitely warrant of a celebratory slap on the back when you recognise that most festivals have a hard time getting even 30% of their lineups to represent women.

The lineup is a wonderful display of variety with everything from fun-time garage rock of The Coathangers to the indie-psychedelia of The Belligerents. From Aussie prog rockers COG to the hip hop rhythms of Sampa the Great and Remi. It’s a sterling mix that showcases some of Australia’s most formidable musical talent alongside international acts, and it’s got us preparing for a road trip to the ‘Gong for early October.

And while we are definitely excited to see a group of organisers actually address the conversation about gender representation in festivals by showing that a 50/50 split can be done and can be a stellar lineup, it’s important that it doesn’t stop there. While this lineup is equal for women and men, the representation of trans, gender non conforming and non-binary artists is still a relatively under-addressed issue aside from those like Sad Grrrls Fest and others who lead the charge in showcasing trans, GNC and non-binary talent.

Basically, Yours and Owls have done good to raise the bar with a lineup that is exciting and varied, and it shouldn’t stop there.

Tickets for Yours & Owls are available from moshtix & yoursandowls.com.au. For Your & Owls mailing list subscribers, pre-sale tickets are available and go on sale 9am Friday June 17th. General Admission tickets go on sale 9am Monday June 20th.

Yours & Owls 2016

October 1st and 2nd at Stuart Park North Wollongong, NSW

Antwon (USA) * Ball Park Music * Bec Sandridge * The Belligerents * Big Scary * Black Mountain (CAN) * Bleached (USA) * Chastity Belt (USA) * Client Liaison * The Coathangers (USA) * COG * DMA’s * The Hard Aches * Hermitude * Hockey Dad * Kilter * KLP * Ladyhawke * Little May * The Living End * Nicole Millar * Pinheads * PUP (CAN)* Remi * Sampa The Great * Skeggs * The Sonics * Stonefield * TEES * Thelma Plum * Tired Lion * Tkay Maidza * Totally Unicorn * Vera Blue