The Beachside Music Festival Giving New Aussie Artists Their Big Break

The Yours and Owls Festival, or as many of the locals call it “Wollongong Christmas”, had its sixth and even bigger run recently.

Paced over two days with an idyllic beachside setting, this major player on the Australian music festival scene has become the very epitome of the saying, from little things, big things grow.

In the six or so years since its inception, the festival has grown from a small gathering of a few bands playing in a tent in a local park to a multi-stage event.

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It attracts some of the best indie music artists from around the country and even the world.

But what makes this regional music festival a standout is that it places a particular focus on fostering unknown local talent by putting them on the same billing as artists like Gang of Youths, Love Fame Tragedy and Courtney Barnett.

This year, the festival curators gave local student band Ducey Muncs, from the University of Wollongong, a shot at playing their first music festival. One minute the band were the second support act at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli, the next they’re playing the Rad Stage at the 'Yours and Owls Festival'.

“It all happened so fast”, guitarist Callum Sibley said, especially considering they released their debut single “Old Leather Boot” only weeks before the festival.

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Playing one of the early spots, their festival baptismal fire involved a rushed 10-minute set-up between acts and no soundcheck. Yet they drew a solid crowd filling out the Rad Stage tent.

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So with one festival booking under their belt, what’s next?

Lead vocalist and keyboardist Victoria Morris has said, they’ve got “more shows to play” and “two more singles coming out”.

So look out, Wollongong, and listen out, Australia.

If you’re wondering about the name Ducey Muncs, it came about after band members Victoria and Emily Avero paid a visit to the monkey enclosure at Mogo Zoo.

Manager/band member Emily explained, "Victoria kept playing around with the phrase monkey see monkey do and it eventually morphed into Ducey Muncs".

See more of Ducey Muncs' journey in the video above.

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