King Stingray will host a free workshop in Wollongong ahead of Yours & Owls

King Stingray have teamed up with the team behind Yours & Owls to run a free workshop for all ages in Wollongong before performing at the festival.

According to a press release, the event will see King Stingray deliver “an exploration of some traditional Aboriginal creative processes and practices”, including a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and cultural demonstration. The Yolngu Surf Rockers will also host a Q&A session with attendees and close the evening with a stripped down live performance.

The workshop is due to take place on April 1 at the Wollongong Youth Centre. Although participation is free, participants will need to RVSP via Moshtix to confirm their place.

The following day (April 2), King Stingray will perform as part of the Yours & Owls 2022 festival at Stuart Park, joining Hilltop Hoods, Peking Duk, Violent Soho, Jack River and Lastlings. Organizers announced yesterday (8 March) that due to the recent lifting of festival restrictions in NSW, capacity for the event has increased – additional tickets are on sale now from the festival website.

King Stingray are currently embarking on their first full tour of Australia, which continues in Hobart this Friday, March 11. So far the band have played in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with the remaining gigs booked in Adelaide, Canberra and Tocumwal.

Other upcoming shows for the band include two dates on Midnight Oil’s current “Resist” tour as well as a series of dates supporting Ball Park Music on their “Weirder & Weirder” tour in June.

This follows the group’s busy 2021, having followed up their debut single, “Hey Wanhaka,” with “Get Me Out” in January and “Milkumana” in August. Both tracks made the triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2021, with “Get Me Out” coming in at 46 and “Milkumana” at 56.

The group is expected to release its debut album in 2022. NME last year, guitarist Roy Kellaway announced that the record would contain “some hard-hitting tracks and some that will give you goosebumps and make you want to cry”.

Last year, King Stingray was also crowned Unearthed Artist of the Year at the J Awards. Earlier this year, the band won Australia’s Best New Act at the 2022 BandLab NME Awards. They were also featured in this year’s NME 100, with writer Jackson Langford saying their music “is always upbeat and thrilling, but never compromises on the richness of the narrative”.