Beloved Wollongong festival Yours & Owls have announced the date for their next event, revealing the festival that would have taken place in October of 2020 will now take place in early 2021.
With events, live shows, tours, and festivals almost wiped out entirely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, numerous artists and promoters have begun to cautiously look ahead to what the future may hold, with many rescheduling events for the latter half of the year.
In fact, while some festivals have seen their plans to take place in 2020 deemed “ambitious”, Wollongong’s Yours & Owls have today unveiled their plans to hold their next event in early 2021.
“Life in a time of global pandemic eh, what a ride!” organisers wrote in a statement.
“In a dream world, this week, we would be announcing our dates for Yours & Owls 2020 for the October long weekend as we have done for the past few years.
“In the real world, with this much uncertainty and so many unknowns, we have decided to move our dates to January 23 and 24, 2021 to give us a more realistic chance of the festival going ahead.
“Essentially you will still get Yours & Owls 2020, just four months later than expected!”
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Noting that the event will be taking place at Wollongong’s Stuart Park, organisers explained that they “don’t feel in any way confident” that the current situation would allow the traditional date of October to be a feasible one.
“We are conscious of the costs that come along with planning to attend our festival and the amount of organisation you all put in to come and spend the weekend with us,” they noted. “We want to ensure we plan the festival at a date that gives it the best chance of actually happening.”
While the 2021 lineup is reportedly locked in and ready to be released in the near future, it’s anyone’s guess as to why might be on the bill. While the 2019 event featured the likes of Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett, and Golden Features, fans are likely assuming that the next festival might just blow this one out of the water.
Check out the wrap video of the 2019 Yours & Owls festival:
Yours & Owls Festival 2021
Saturday, January 23rd – Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW
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