It’s official: Yours & Owls are teaming up with ANU Pop-Up Village.
The partnership is an intriguing one for Canberra’s music community. Renowned for hosting epic parties and shows at North Wollongong Hotel, Rad Bar and University of Wollongong Unibar, as well as the perennially excellent Yours & Owls Festival, the Wollongong-based promoter is now setting up shop in Canberra.
The partnership is already seeing an increase in the volume and quality of live music coming to ANU’s Molo Live, which is set to become one of the city’s go-to venues for live music. The bar itself is just minutes from the Canberra CBD, and situated perfectly at the heart of the ANU campus. The fact that the Pop-Up now hosts a mouth-watering roster of eateries makes the prospect of a night out on campus that much more tantalising.
It all kicks off this weekend, with a tightly-curated launch party featuring a stacked lineup of local and interstate acts.
Sydney blues-pop duo Polish Club lead the lineup, which also features The Gooch Palms from Newcastle and Canberra locals Citizen Kay and Genesis Owusu. Rounding out the night will be DJ sets from Purple Sneakers DJs and Cressy of Canberra’s Good Content.
The announcement marks another a step forward for the ANU’s slow cultural resurgence. Live music on campus took a huge blow in April last year when an all-male gig lineup and reactionary comments made by ANU Bar’s then-promoter Greenroom Canberra soured the end of a chapter in the university’s rich music history.
But with a resurgence in student numbers at the ANU School of Music this year, as well as a newfound sense of community surrounding the ANU Pop-Up Village, the relationship with Yours & Owls feels as though it’s coming at exactly the right time.
The team are also showing a genuine desire to work for the music community that already exists in Canberra, with invites to the launch and calls for ideas being sent out to several local bands.
The fact remains that the recent closure of several arts hubs and venues in recent months have left fertile ground for new creative projects to grow in Canberra. Yours & Owls certainly recognise that, and, with any luck, their presence will be part of a broader upswing in the city’s creative energy.
How do you see Yours & Owls’ relationship with Canberra playing out?