Singer songwriter Bec Sandridge has won the triple j Unearthed competition to join the Yours & Owls Arts & Music Festival line-up, joining the likes of Ash Grunwald, The Reubens, The Preatures and more on the weekend festival held by local music and arts collective Yours & Owls in Woolongong’s Stuart park.
Bec, who hails from Stanwell Park in the Illawara region, is a bedroom enthusiastic turned pro, having decided to follow a career in music after a chance meeting while backing in Scotland, she told triple j.
“When I was 19 I went backpacking around Europe and randomly decided to go to Glasgow – it was a bizarre moment – and then I ran into [singer-songwriter] Passenger… [he] asked me to go on tour but I was meant to go back to Uni. I called home and my mum was like ‘just defer; just have fun’!”
In a rare case of following mum’s advice to follow rock and roll, Bec has since dedicated herself to her craft, spending the last several years writing songs and finding her sound. Set to work on a full length album with Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Montaigne, Andy Bull), visit her triple j Unearthed page to have a listen.
As the festival approaches, so too does Yours & Owls founder Ben Tillman’s recovery, who after being paralysed from the waist down in a car accident while drink driving, has recently begun to walk again with the help of acupuncture and clean living.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Listen: Bec Sandridge – In The Fog, In The Flame
Yours & Owls Arts & Music Festival Weekender
Friday October 2nd – Saturday October 3rd
Stuart Park, Woolongong NSW